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Friday, January 11, 2008

Chalk update

I drove by Chalk this morning on my way to work: It's a lovely, pale buttercup yellow color with -- I think -- some orange and olive green accents. I'm excited to see the inside. I've been trying to peek in as I drive by each morning, but that's hard to do -- and dangerous. I'm not such a good driver to begin with! Details to come about next week's reopening!


at 4:41 PM Blogger Mary said...

I'm excited about the restaurant, especialy since it's right around the corner from me. You remind me of myself before Greenup Cafe opened: I used to walk by and peek into the windows on a daily basis. I'm surprised that nobody called the police on me as I snooped around.

at 5:37 PM Blogger Stepf said...

I'm glad I'm not the only snoop! I'm afraid that I'll run over that lovely clock if I keep driving and snooping. Soon enough, that won't be necessary.
I've just talked to Chef Jared, and he's tired but excited. I'm meeting him next week. Mary, Covington is lucky to have Chalk coming.

at 12:54 PM Anonymous Chad Edward said...

We shall soon know how lucky, shan't we? I've made my reservations for Friday, giving de Cavel and his staff a few days to work out any kinks.

at 4:31 PM Blogger Mary said...

Good idea Chad. It took them months to "work out the kinks" at Greenup Cafe.

at 11:37 PM Anonymous Rich Brockelmann said...

This is going to be another mediocre establishment from Jean-Robert. Pigall's is superb, but Jeanro, the former Pho and Greenup are not up to snuff. The food is mediocre at all of these restaurant. They are being operated so the Wades can make a buck off of their investment in J-R, who has spread himself too thin and doesn't oversee the quality of the food and service at his other restaurants. It's unfortunate, but these restaurants are a major disappointment.

at 10:11 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nonsense. The food at Pho Paris was great--the concept just escaped Cincinnati.

at 12:22 PM Anonymous Will Obert said...

The food at Pho was great-at first. J-R got rid of his partners who knew the Vietnamese food. Then cost cutting drove the food downhill. Their chef didn't make the move to Covington and the food never recovered. By the time it closed it was well below the bar.

at 1:18 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are enough sophisticated people in Cincinnati who grasp the idea behind a fusion restaurant. The previous poster is right: the quality of the food simply wasn't that great.

at 5:58 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 1:18----
Here here!
I just love it when people act like Cincinnati has different folks than other cities...
Where to start.

at 9:10 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

The chef at Pho has always been Jared Whalen. The one member of the Le family who worked there got married and moved out of state. The quality of food and service at all of the Jean-Robert places has always exceeded my expectations.

at 11:48 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 9:10, your expectations must be pretty low. The cuisine at Pho went downhill fast, and Jeanro is a complete disappointment. The food is mediocre at best, and the service is best described as 'stream of consciousness'. Jean Robert doesn't oversee the quality of his establishments outside of Pigall's. The other places are just the Wade's cash cows (or so they hope). They play to the lowest possible denominator.

Jean Robert's restaurants are starting to resemble Vince Bryant's ill-fated Queen City Restaurant Group. That's the Kiss Of Death.....

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