Restaurant row attracts downtown diners to Cincinnati

A group of restaurants is changing the landscape of downtown dining in Cincinnati.

Developers are pushing forward on restaurant row in hopes of filling retail space with bars and casual dining.

Restaurant row is a stretch of retail space owned by Brandt Retail Group on Sixth St. between Main and Walnut.

Three tenants have already moved in to the bottom floor of the 580 building, Mr. Sushi, Trattoria Roma and Bartini's.

Trattoria Roma owner Salvatore Aracri says his business actually just moved locations from around the corner on Walnut St. to what he now considers a better spot.

"The location has been great, I think it is an excellent location and the restaurant row is a great idea, I think it's going to be successful," says Aracri.

Trattoria Roma sits between Mr. Sushi, a popular lunch spot for downtown workers and Bartini's, a late night spot to grab a drink after work.

Together they make up less than half of the eight spaces along the row that Brandt Retail Group hopes to fill to revitalize the arts district area after a sluggish economy.

"We're trying to put a nice blend of restaurants down here so that we can have an appeal to the diversity of people who are coming to Cincinnati," says Kathleen Norris.

Norris is the Director of the Urban Focus Team at Brandt Retail Group. She says as the economy continues to improve people will see the remaining spaces fill up very quickly. But there is no word on who it will be or when it will happen.

For now Norris says they are expecting to make an announcement on new tenants in the next 60 days.

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