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Christian Moerlein to develop restaurant near Banks

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Christian Moerlein Brewing Company has been selected to develop a new riverfront park restaurant near the Banks project.

Preliminary designs for the two-story restaurant include a green roof, balconies and outside seating, as well as large areas of glass. The restaurant will accommodate 500 indoor patrons and seating for 600 in its outdoor beer gardens and will feature on-site brewing. Tours of the restaurant's brewery will be available.

"We were looking for a restaurant concept for the new park that would be completely unique to Cincinnati and inspire feelings of "WOW!"," said Willie F. Carden, Jr., Director of Cincinnati Parks. "We think we hit the jackpot with The Christian Moerlein Brewing Company. This new establishment will contribute mightily to the vision of Cincinnati Riverfront Park as the ultimate destination park."

The City of Cincinnati will retain ownership of the restaurant site. The building will be "architecturally distinctive"-and created to complement the design of the park and its features.

Phase I of Cincinnati Riverfront Park (currently under construction) will include the new restaurant-but also a plaza of water jets with cascades of water that drop to pools along Mehring Way. There will be a grand stairway with landings at water-filled basins, a glassfloored walkway above a lower level loggia, a shade trellis, informational and interpretive displays, and public restrooms. Also part of the design is an event lawn and stage, a promenade, a tree grove and labyrinth, an adventure playground and part of the Ohio River bike trail. The park will also feature a bike center.

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