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Old 08-10-2016, 01:39 PM
 
Location: Cincinnati (Norwood)
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Remember the '60s-'70s when Cincinnati hosted three five-star French restaurants? (The Maisonette, Pigall's and Gourmet Room) This latest entree into French fine dining just may become one of their replacements...

From the Cincinnati Enquirer:
Jean-Robert's new Downtown restaurant ready to open
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Old 08-11-2016, 08:14 AM
 
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I can recall that French restaurants were quite popular a few decades ago in this country. My cousin's husband opened one up in my hometown in Connecticut when I was in High School. I worked for them for a while in the kitchen. Now French restaurants don't seem to be nearly as popular as they were back then.

What happened to The Maisonette? I remember they were nationally known and I had even heard of the place before I had ever traveled to Cincinnati my first time in 1989. Had not heard of the other two.
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Old 08-11-2016, 06:14 PM
 
Location: Cincinnati (Norwood)
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What happened to The Maisonette? I remember they were nationally known and I had even heard of the place before I had ever traveled to Cincinnati my first time in 1989. Had not heard of the other two.
It's no surprise that you heard of The Maisonette before ever traveling to Cincinnati. From Wikipedia:

The Maisonette, now defunct, was North America’s most highly rated restaurant before it closed its doors on July 25, 2005.

Owned and operated by the Comisar family and located since 1966 at 114 E. 6th Street in Cincinnati, Ohio, the Maisonette boasted the longest running streak of five-star awards, the highest designation given by Mobil Travel Guide. That streak ended at 41 years when the Maisonette closed. Opinions vary on what caused the restaurant to lose its luster. Fewer people frequented the luxury restaurant, operating costs increased, and the City of Cincinnati refused to offer a tax break to the downtown landmark. The Maisonette had plans to move to Kenwood, a suburb of Cincinnati, where it would reinvent its image, hoping to attract a more modern, younger crowd; however, the Hamilton County Planning Commission rejected zoning for the proposed Sycamore Square project, a $60 million development that included a relocated Maisonette as the anchor tenant. Instead, the top-rated French cuisine restaurant auctioned off all of its assets through a two-day auction hosted by the Great American Group auction firm. The most expensive item sold at auction was the Maisonette's name/logo, which sold for $35,000.
The restaurant originally opened in 1949. In 2013, the Phoenix Restaurant Group located in Cincinnati, OH acquired the trademark for The Maisonette in order to preserve and safeguard its history and reputation.

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Today, Boca is the glitzy showplace restaurant that occupies the same 6th Street location. From the Cincinnati Business Journal:

http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnat...e-best-in.html
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Old 08-13-2016, 07:39 AM
 
Location: Cincinnati (Norwood)
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Relating to the return of French cuisine to Cincinnati, here are two articles concerning the city's new dining scene...

A year ago, from a former resident now a NYC food writer:
Back Where I'm From: Cincinnati, Ohio | SAVEUR


Most recently, from an upcoming local chef of importance:
http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnat...rs-tastes.html
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