Holy Grail will be "Open for Business" on St. Patrick's Day

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -- On the riverfront, "The Holy Grail" will open its doors for the first time at 10:30 a.m. Thursday morning.

This will be the third "Holy Grail" location in the area, and it's the first business to open at the banks development.

Tenants are only weeks away from moving into The Banks development in downtown Cincinnati according to a project spokesperson.

Developers say people will begin moving into apartments in April. A spokesperson for the development, Libby Korosec, says residential leasing for the first phase of the project has been underway since late fall and so far they are excited about the response.

"It's just been unprecedented in terms of the numbers." Korosec said. "We are almost 50 percent leased for our first 300 apartments and we have not found that in any other market."

In addition to new residents, Korosec says by the end of the summer new dining attractions will call the Banks home. Toby Keith's I love this Bar and Grill will settle into the banks along with a French bistro, a diner open around the clock, and a wine bar.

The Holy Grail is set to open for sports fans, just in time for the Saint Patrick's Day festivities.

"We just want to get open, get the tide turning and this bad boy rollin' down here," Co-owner Jim Moehring said.

Moehring says the venue is unrecognizable form where it stood in early January.

"It was 2 degrees outside," Moehring recalled. "We had plywood for windows and everybody said we were crazy for even trying to get to opening day."

Just blocks from Paul Brown Stadium and literally across the street from the Great American Ball Park, Moehring is counting on sports fan business. That means owners are keeping a tight watch on the current NFL lockout.

"[A] very close eye," co-owner Paul Goebel emphasized. "Besides being a business owner locally that draws from the stadium, I'm a football fan too and I want to see them play."

Either way, Goebel and Moehring say they are confident about business, being the first to open their doors at the banks.

"Bigger things are happening," general contractor Steve Klumb said. "These guys are on the ground level and its going to be a great thing for the city."

Klumb is a local contractor with TKS Construction Services who says he is happy to see the project employ nearly 170 workers throughout the construction process.

"We try to keep it as local as possible," Moehring explained.  "Cincinnati has been hurting a little bit and we've been fortunate enough to get this open in a tough time."

"We're down to finishes and finishes go fast," Klumb said. "There'll be some long hours, trust me, but we'll get it done."

Moehring says they were rushing to St. Patty's because they are hoping to make the holiday their anniversary celebration year after year.  He says it will also give them a chance to work out any kinks before what will likely become their biggest day of the year: Opening Day for the Reds.

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