CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Johnny Rockets is celebrating the grand opening of its newest location at the Banks on Thursday.
The restaurant chain is revealing new menu items exclusive to Cincinnati, including Dusty's Bacon Burger and the Lotta Domata Hamburger, created in honor of Reds' manager, Dusty Baker and Bengals' defensive tackle, Domata Peko.
Johnny Rockets Franchise Owner Rick Thompson will donate a portion of the proceeds from these Hamburgers to charities selected by the two celebrities.
A grand opening celebration, with drawings, giveaways, samplings and specials will take place in conjunction with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m.. The first 300 attendees will receive a Johnny Rockets miniature football, while all guests can sample free mini Shakes and American fare. Attendees may also enter a raffle for a gift basket that includes Johnny Rockets merchandise and a meal card. The announcement of the winner takes place at 7:45 p.m.
Other Cincinnati-exclusive menu items include starters such as Banks Shanks, Fried Pickles, Fresh Cooked Potato Chips and Spiral Pass Potatoes. The restaurant also offers an extensive dine-in or takeout breakfast menu, uniquely flavored espresso drinks from Johnny Rockets' Java and Joes menu, and a walk-up order window with to-go licenses for both food and alcohol.
In addition to the classic fare and drinks, guests can watch sports games on five HD-TVs or sit on the outdoor patio.
The Johnny Rockets location at Newport on the Levee is closing and will be replaced by Five Guys Burger and Fries.