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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

BlackFinn and Suite opens Friday

BlackFinn Restaurant & Saloon is set to open Friday at 19 E. Seventh St. in downtown Cincinnati. The restaurant, part of a chain that started in New York, will offer an American menu, with lunch ranging from $6.99 to $14.99 and dinner costing $8.99 to $25.99, according to a news release Monday. Formerly McFadden’s, the space has been renovated with an enclosed dining room in front, a pub room and private meeting/dining areas. The building will also house the Suite at BlackFinn, a club and lounge. For more information, call 513-721-3466 or visit www.blackfinncincy.com
Suite and BlackFinn will have a $5 cover charge after 10 p.m. starting March 20, according to a PR rep. VIP tickets for the opening night of Suite are available online or at the restaurant.

The menu looks better than I expected, certainly a step up from McFadden's. The PR rep said there are five locations; the Web site says 12. Not sure whether some of those are under construction or whether she was confused. Ever been to a BlackFinn in another city?


at 12:43 PM Blogger Julie said...

I ate there for their preview weekend-- it was OK, it definitely had potential. There's a review up on my blog.

at 4:40 PM Blogger Cin Twin1 said...

Why does the website remind me of Sully's? Please don't let this place turn into a spot where girls are encouraged to dance on the bar and have shots poured in their mouth.....I want a place I can take my parents to when they come into town.

at 10:46 AM Blogger Kel Klump said...

I agree with the comment about the bar. I am excited for the space to reopen. I like the idea of being downtown with many places to go depending on the mood. I plan to attend the opening and will definately let you know what I think. I am not as excited about the food, but more the after work hours events and possibly a weekend night with some friends. Great weekend to open (right before st, pattys day)

at 10:21 PM Blogger Mark Lee said...

BlackFinn sounds like a page from the all-season tire book -- handles all seasons ok, excels in none. Bars/night clubs with dining rooms? Need I say more? Kel Klump, perhaps I can be suaded...

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