Posts by UrbanFast

Mexican street food with an urban flair coming soon to Blue Ash’s Summit Park

Mexican street food with an urban flair coming soon to Blue Ash’s Summit Park

By on Mar 21, 2017 in #WeHavetheBestClients, In the News

BLUE ASH, Ohio — Tahona Kitchen and Bar will soon make it “a walk in the park” to get street-style tacos, with the restaurant scheduled to open on March 28 at Summit Park in Blue Ash. Tahona will offer Mexican street food-inspired fare in a space that has “an urban feel, kind of industrial-meets-California fresh,” said Scott Schmidt, a 30-year veteran of the hospitality industry and founder of Looking Glass Hospitality Group (LGHG), which owns the restaurant. A quirky coincidence brought Tahona to Summit Park, he said. “This site was a Post-it note on my realtor’s wall,” Schmidt said. “She was leasing spaces out for Summit Park.” Kathleen Norris, owner of Urban Fast Forward, remembers the moment well. “It was an oversized 5-inch-by-7-inch bright orange Post-it note with the word ‘tacos’ on it,” she said. When she told Schmidt she was looking for a Mexican restaurant concept, he replied, “I’ve got a Mexican concept.” Schmidt (Article by Grace Yek for WCPO Cincinnati, read the rest here....

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Jazz club/coffee bar coming to Walnut Hills

By on Mar 17, 2017 in #WeHavetheBestClients, In the News

A Cincinnati jazz musician is turning his passion for music into a cafe, bar and venue in the heart of Walnut Hills. Brent Gallaher is a longtime jazz musician who cut his teeth at the Blue Wisp downtown. He hopes to open Caffe Vivace this fall with his wife, Vanessa, in 1,700 square feet at 975 E. McMillan St. on the ground floor of the Trevarren Flats development. Caffee Vivace is going to be a coffee shop by day and a jazz lounge by night. It will serve coffee and espresso drinks from Carabello Coffee and have a full liquor license. This is an excerpt from the Cincinnati Business Courier, read the rest...

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A prime development site in Walnut Hills is being marketed for sale.

A prime development site in Walnut Hills is being marketed for sale.

By on Jan 11, 2017 in #WeHavetheBestClients, In the News

Urban Fast Forward, a consulting and real estate firm specializing in urban real estate, development and retail district revitalization, is listing more than 1.7 acres of properties at the intersection of Gilbert and Lincoln avenues. Kathleen Norris, managing principal of Urban Fast Forward, is marketing the site as a development opportunity at a list price of $1.65 million. “This is one of the best opportunities we’re going to see in the market this year,” Norris told me. … Norris said she believes the best use of the property would be a mixed-use development with a strong residential component. (Article by Tom Demeropolis for The Cincinnati Business Courier, read the rest...

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After Tucker’s fire: What goes around, comes around

After Tucker’s fire: What goes around, comes around

By on Dec 24, 2016 in In the News

On the night of the fire, just before 10 p.m. on July 28,  firefighters got there and put it out quickly, but the kitchen was destroyed. Joe and Carla received no insurance payout to speak of. Jean-Francois Flechet of Taste of Belgium helped them set up to sell gift cards. They sold T-shirts. That kept their personal bills paid, but not much was happening in getting the restaurant going again.But the help began right away. Customer Chris Heckman starting a GoFundMe campaign and raised $17,000. He’s just a casual customer, but, he said, “I just thought you can’t lose a place with that kind of soul.” Until Norris decided to take steps. “Tucker’s had to exist,” she said. Her firm, Urban Fast Forward, is involved in revitalization projects, and she knows how to get people on board. “My career’s been in the good deeds business. I’m accustomed to asking people, ” she said. She assembled the Tucker’s Team with Joe, Carla, friends, people who could help them. “Everything was guided by Joe and Carla,” said Norris. ”We asked them, in a perfect world, what would you need?” This is an excerpt from the Cincinnati Enquirer, read the rest...

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City waiting on big Fountain Place plan

City waiting on big Fountain Place plan

By on Dec 16, 2016 in In the News

The city covets new development atop Fountain Place in an effort to build density – ideally from new residences near big attractions such as Fountain Square – downtown. Local real estate analysts have said securing new development could help convince Macy’s to keep the store open. “If they can hang on two years, we can deliver a ton of customers,” said Kathleen Norris, principal of Urban Fast Forward in Over-the-Rhine, referencing development projects happening in and around the central business district. This is an excerpt from the Cincinnati Enquirer, read the rest...

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