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Monday, February 11, 2008

New Chain restaurant in Tri-County

BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse opens today. They're cutting the ribbon--well, right now, I guess. They're raising money for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation with their opening day events. This looks like a casual, pubby kind of place. They brew their own beer (though not here--they make it in some of their other locations). They have a varied menu, with deep-dish pizzas as a specialty. You can see the menu at www.bjsrestaurants.com

It's at 11700 Princeton Pike, in Tri-County Mall, 513-671-1805. Hours are 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Friday and Saturday.



at 11:10 AM Anonymous TJ Jackson said...

Whose space are they taking? Ruby Tuesday's, I hope?

at 3:05 PM Blogger Stepf said...

I'll check on that. Ruby Tuesday is still there. I'm guessing from the comment you're not a fan? I try to avoid malls, and I avoid restaurants in malls. Usually not in line with my food philosophy: Make every bite count.

at 8:58 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

they are not taking ruby tuesday's spot. They along with ethan allen and krazy city have taken over the jcpenny spot.

at 8:47 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Off topic, but what happened with Mejana?

After they closed downtown I remember reading (I think I read it here) that they were going to open in Tri-County.

I usually avoid mall restaurants as well, but I'll give this place a try. The beer selection looks pretty good...too bad it's not brewed in house.

at 9:51 AM Blogger Stepf said...

Good question. I'll look into Mejana.

at 2:26 PM Anonymous cg said...

This is a great restaurant. I often travel to southern California, where they have many locations. Their beer and food are great and the pizookie dessert is wonderful.

at 1:25 PM Blogger Cin Twin1 said...

Hey Stepf,

Will you check on the status of Vinyl too? I thought it was a unique addition to the downtown area.....any reviews on the new wine bar, or other new places on main?

at 9:24 PM Blogger Stepf said...

Last I heard, from the owners, Vinyl is closed. No plans for the space, unfortunately. And no news on the other venues on Main. It's too early for news on the new Martino's (I've been checking) and Harry's Pizza, etc.

at 11:15 AM Anonymous TJ Jackson said...

Re: Martino's - they are up in Corryville, not on Main - yeah, I know everyone knows this - so why is Martino's entering into a discussion about Main Street? Curious and confused, here.....

Re: Harry's. When Jefferson Hall moved to Eminent Domain on the Levee, I asked the manager of Harry's - Dominic, I think - what the plan for Harry's was, and he indicated that he had no idea, that Harry's was over and done from his point of view. Has that changed? Had you (any of you, editors and readers alike) heard they were going to reopen Harry's? As Harry's? They had a really, really good pizza there, and great sandwiches as well - at least during the business day.

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