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Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Sushi downtown and other news

Remember we were bemoaning the lack of sushi downtown? Well, now KoSho, the only place besides Benihana where you can get hamachi and barbecued eel, is going to move to a little place in Northside! The new mecca for restaurants, I guess. It will take over the Madison's Grocery spot. Not until June or July and Chef Yukio says he'd love a little place downtown, too. . ..

NuVo in Florence is open for lunch. Barleycorn's in Lakeside Park has re-opened after renovating. So has Pelican's Reef in Anderson Township after they renovated and expanded. Mitchell's Fish Market in Newport is remodeling, too: they'll be closed for a week starting next Monday. (They are now owned by Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, the least intuitive name for a business since Fifth Third Bank)

Also, John Phillips at Crestview Hills is opening on Monday.


at 12:55 PM Blogger Cin Twin1 said...

Wasn't there supposed to be a sushi restaurant downtown at 12th and Main? I believe the name was MIXX. I wonder what the status of that is?

at 1:06 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just to clarify - Ko Sho downtown will be closing?

at 1:39 PM Blogger Polly Campbell said...

yes, Ko Sho downtown will close when they move. Mixx---Oh, who knows? The Vinyl people were involved with that. Maybe I better find out. Every time I look at this blog, I end up with more work to do!

at 1:47 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder if they will be bringing their two ton glass entry door with them when they move....

at 2:46 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't believe they're moving & not closing. Worst. Food. Ever.

at 3:10 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

ah, you and you master's degree have never eaten a mcrib, then. Idiot.

at 9:01 PM Blogger Julie said...

Mixx Ultra Lounge is open on Main Street, but every time I've driven by, there appears to only be a handful of people in it. Seems Cue is doing better. And I have no idea if Mixx has sushi, but I doubt it.

at 9:38 PM Anonymous jgu said...

I agree that KoSho moving is not a huge loss.

I also believe that Song Bistro is going to be hiring a sushi chef. At least that's according to their web site.

at 7:09 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Song Bistro?


at 8:43 AM Blogger Cin Twin1 said...

Ok, I can walk by MIXX one day and see what the status is. (I feel like I keep giving Polly work to do!)

Sung Korean having sushi would be great! They do have one roll on their appetizer menu that I tried last time. It temporarily gave me a sushi fix.

I always wondered what I really liked about sushi...I don't know if it is the saltiness of the soy sauce or the wasabi pain I enjoy. I am not usually too picky about the type of roll as long as I have those two components.

at 8:45 AM Blogger Polly Campbell said...

It's Sung Korean Bistro, on elm street at 7th. Sushi would make sense there. . .

at 9:51 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I knew of Sung Korean Bistro, but not Song Bistro, ergo my question. Cool.

I thought sushi was purely a japanese thing, not a korean one?

at 10:28 AM Blogger Polly Campbell said...

Well, that's true, but you must have noticed that practically every Thai restaurant and a lot of chinese ones have sushi bars? Chung Kiwha in florence is korean and has one. I'm not sure where this came from: if it's just that people don't know the difference between Japanese and thai so they ask for it, or if it just makes sense somehow for restaurants as another way to make money?

at 12:52 PM Blogger Chip said...

Just returned from lunch at NuVo. Overall, I was impressed. We started with a spring pea soup with parmesan that was light and refreshing. Salads were next, although these were kind of boring -- just a handful of field greens with diced pears and a touch of dressing. The striped bass was perfectly cooked, though, with local asparagus and a lemon butter sauce to round it out. For dessert, I just had a couple of scoops of housemade blood orange sorbet. Excellent. I grabbed a dinner menu on the way out and I'll have to try that soon -- it looks like it has some great options.

at 2:22 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

'The Vinyl People' are some of the worst excuses for restaurateurs ever. They could run a Burger King out of business.

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