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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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City waiting on big Fountain Place plan

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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Will the streetcar lift property values?

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Will the streetcar lift property values?

Downtown’s biggest beneficiary from the streetcar investment could be The Banks, the mixed-use riverfront development featuring apartments and dining, Dansby said. It more recently got its first retail store in Tervis and office tenant in General Electric Co., which could eventually employ 2,000 people Downtown. Still, Dansby expects downtown property owners to take a wait-and-see approach before making investing in the urban core. Better than expected ridership and revenue projections could convince some owners to cash in or increase their investments. “Clearly there are property investors who believe making a bet on the streetcar will pay off handsomely,” said Kathleen Norris, principal of Over-the-Rhine real estate consultancy Urban Fast Forward. “That’s what the transfer records show us.” Read the rest of this article at the Cincinnati Enquirer’s...

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EXCLUSIVE: Sports bar coming to Walnut Hills development

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A sports bar with a neighborhood feel is the latest tenant in the $9 million Trevarren Flats mixed-use development in Walnut Hills. Alex Spencer is opening Corner Social in a 1,700-square-foot storefront at 975 E. McMillan St. Spencer, a longtime resident of Walnut Hills, told me Corner Social is a concept he designing specifically for the neighborhood. (via the Cincinnati Business Courier)

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One house at a time: Camp Washington banks on new redevelopment strategy, with Port Authority help

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Camp Washington — called simply “Camp” by its residents — isn’t poised to be the next OTR. According to a recent housing study by Urban Fast Forward, nearly 90 percent of Camp’s housing stock was built before 1940, and just more than a quarter of its houses sit vacant. More than half are renter-occupied. But Camp isn’t trying to become the next OTR. With a young population, an influx of artists priced out of other neighborhoods, and a new, powerful ally, Camp Washington may be on the verge of something exciting. Read the rest of this article at WCPO...

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Real estate consultant makes ‘urban’ intentional

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Real estate consultant makes ‘urban’ intentional

Kathleen Norris had planned to stay as far away from the real estate business as possible. Norris is the daughter of two real estate brokers and despite her father’s dreams, she chose to pursue a career in theater.… (via the Cincinnati Enquirer)

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Tarantino-inspired video store concept coming to Walnut Hills

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Tarantino-inspired video store concept coming to Walnut Hills

The team at The Overlook Lodge is bringing its second concept, The Video Archive, to Walnut Hills. Jacob Trevino, along with co-owners Otto Baum and Katie Fraser, are aiming for a fall opening. “We’ve always loved cinema, and with everything we’ve done it’s always about the experience of movies,” Trevino says. The Video Archive will be a Quentin Tarantino-inspired 100-square-foot video store featuring Grind-house, Indie and cult classic videos for rent and purchase. Like Gorilla Cinema and The Overlook Lodge, this concept will have its surprises too. This is an excerpt from Soapbox Media, read the rest...

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