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Grammer's restaurant reopens in Over-the-Rhine

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - On Thursday afternoon, the doors at Grammer's restaurant opened again, but there are a few changes. There's live music, dancing, and increased security.

Grammer's closed its doors on August 6th after robbers put a gun to employees' heads and demanded money. Owners decided to close the restaurant indefinitely because of the crime. Grammer's had only been open for about six weeks at that point. They had closed for years to renovate the restaurant, but recently, owners decided that wasn't the right move to make.

"When we talked about it, we all just said we can't let them win," said Dan Wade, CEO of Relish Group. "It was really over a weekend we decided we can't let them win. We have to reopen. We're going to come back and we're going to stay here. We just have to make sure our staff and guests are secure."

Wade said they restaurant is now here to stay.

Employees spent the day sprucing up the place, cooking new dishes, and putting their new plan in place-- placing security at the top of the list. The restaurant has always had a gated parking lot, but this time, they've added a pair of eyes. A guard will stand in front of the restaurant from the time the doors open until they close.

Managers also renovated the beer garden, and added more German fare to the menu. Something long time customers like Jim Slouffman appreciate.

"I've been coming here since 1974," said Slouffman.

Slouffman said he was devastated last month when Grammer's closed.

"This is a part of the fabric of OTR," said Slouffman. "It's a tremendous! Almost like a museum because of the history."

From the architecture to the stain glass windows, Grammer's is a piece of Over-the-Rhine history that's fortunately here to stay.

"I didn't really think, to be honest with you, it was ever going to be back open again," said longtime customer Jim Gieringer. "I thought that was going to be the end of it so we were really surprised when we went to Oktoberfest and we saw the banners it was going to be open. We're very happy."

"OTR needs Grammer's, and Grammer's loves being here," said Wade.

Wade said the restaurant will also have detailed officers from Cincinnati police on site when they have big events.

 

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