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Cincinnati developer has plans for downtown 'restaurant row'

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CINCINNATI, OHST (FOX19)  - One local developer has cooked up a plan to shake up nightlife in the Queen City. The concept includes a whole block of sidewalk cafes that will stay open long after the work day ends.

Managers at the Brandt Retail Group want to revitalize the first floor of the 580 building at Sixth and Walnut. Kathleen Norris, Vice President/Director of Brandt/Urban Focus, said the company plans to transform the 12,000 square feet of empty space to "Restaurant Row." Norris said the concept will include a full block of restaurants; complete with sidewalk cafes.

"Our thought is that some of the restaurants will be open for breakfast," Norris said. "They'll all be open for lunch, they'll all be open for dinner, and some of them might even do late night."

The plan includes five or six restaurants that will provide a range of cuisines. Norris said the plan will hopefully lure more people to the city after their work days end.

"I live in West Chester so I eat down here when I'm down here for work or people are going to come down to meet me," said Jeremy Harning.

Norris said one major plus is the building's location. It's right across the street from the Contemporary Arts Center, close to the Aronoff Center and about a block and a half away from Fountain Square.

"With an arts center, when you come downtown you want to park your car," Norris said. "Have some dinner, go see a show, get back in your car, and go home."

The restaurant Mr. Sushi is already on the block. The Bartini Martini Lounge will open in June. Norris said those two restaurants aren't a part of this new plan, but they'll fit in nicely.

The Brandt Retail Group unveiled the plan just days ago, and Norris said they've already had interest.

"We're talking to five or six potential restaurateurs right now," Norris said. "But we're open to conversations with more. If you've got an idea, call us up. We'd love to hear it."

Norris said she's hoping the block of restaurants will be open for business by spring of 2011.

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