A busy bar called Chapter XIII, then Chapter 13, was the center of nightlife in Mount Adams from the early ’70s to the mid-80s.
More recently, the building on the corner of Pavilion and St. Gregory had housed the Mount Adams Fish House. It closed at the end of last year, and now a new bar and restaurant is planned for the space. Appropriately, it will be called Next Chapter, and the owners hope to open in August.
Cincinnatians Tom Nurre, Mike McCafferty and Greg Schroeder are behind the project. They are reaching the end of a months-long rehabbing job.
“The building is 130 years old,” said Nurre, “We are finding surprise after surprise.” The building was gutted down to the studs, and will re-open with a new roof, siding, awnings, and new big windows that give it an open feeling. Two houses next door on Pavilion St. are to be demolished to make room for a deck and a patio.
Dave Gronauer will be the manager of the new establishment. He said it will be predominantly a bar, but the Fish House space will hold a bistro for light eats.
The menu is not set, but they’re planning an upscale bar food menu.
“We want to do things you can’t currently get in the neighborhood,” said Gronauer. Wings and burgers will be on the menu along with flatbreads and bruschetta, spicy shrimp and a variety of tacos. They’ll also serve brunch.
On the patio and deck, they’re planning to book live entertainment, though it will start and end earlier than the night scene at other Mount Adams bars.
“We’re thinking of it as an entertainment complex, where you can eat, hang out on the patio and mingle,” said Gronauer.
They hope Next Chapter will appeal to a variety of age groups who live in or visit Mount Adams.
“The Hill’s doing really well right now,” said Nurre, who also owns Monk’s Cove on St. Gregory Street. “It’s hard to think of a better location in Cincinnati for this concept.”