Monday, July 21, 2014

Einstein Bros. Bagels Opens First Cincinnati Location

Einstein Bros.® Bagels is pleased to announce the grand opening of its first location in Cincinnati, OH, on Wednesday, July 30. The new store, located at 271 Calhoun Street, is the first store for franchisee group Marty, Murray & Randy, LLC. To celebrate, Einstein Bros. will serve up free coffee to the first 300 customers on opening day, as well as provide a key fob that will allow each of these guests to receive a free small coffee* with any purchase everyday through August 31, 2014.

In addition to the celebration on July 30, the new Einstein Bros. restaurant will also offer a week of deals to celebrate with the local community with the following promotions:

Monday, August 4: Free Coffee with purchase to start the week off right
Tuesday, August 5: $2 Off Egg Sandwich to satisfy that morning hunger
Wednesday, August 6: Free Espresso with purchase to help you kick through the mid-week
Thursday, August 7: $2 Off Lunch Sandwich for the lunch fans
Friday, August 8: $4 Off a Bagel Bucket for the Office Hero
Saturday, August 9: Meet Melvyn and Elmo and Spin the Wheel for great prizes all day long

“We are pleased to introduce Einstein Bros. to the residents of Cincinnati and look forward to sharing our fresh baked bagels, artisan roasted coffee and other great menu items with the community,” commented franchise operating partner Marty Anderson. “It is a great feeling to be able to debut this friendly brand in a new city, and we look forward to greeting local faces that come by to join us for celebratory events and promotions.”

Einstein Bros. Bagels is a fast casual bagel café offering traditional and gourmet fresh-baked bagels, topped with a variety of 12 one-of-a-kind, double-whipped shmear choices. Together there are more than 400 possible flavor combinations of bagels and shmear. Einstein Bros. also offers a selection of signature lunch sandwiches and paninis, all prepared on fresh-baked bagels, ciabatta or artisan multi-grain bread, plus a variety of soups and salads and tempting sweets. For guests looking for lighter options, Einstein Bros. offers its satisfying Smart Choices menu offerings, all under 385 calories and less than 15g of fat. Additionally, Einstein Bros. serves bottomless, freshly brewed artisan roasted Darn Good Coffee®, including Vanilla Hazelnut, specialty lattes and espresso drinks. For all of your catering needs and to learn more about the complete menu; call 1(800) BAGELME or visit

Hours of operation for the location are Monday through Friday 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.

*The free coffee giveaway is good for one small drip coffee per day. Specialty beverages not included.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Two Cincinnati restaurants made OpenTable’s 2014 Diners’ Choice Award winners for the Top 30 BBQ Restaurants in America!

2014 Diners’ Choice Award Winners for the Top 30 Best Barbecue Restaurants in America

Annapolis Smokehouse – Annapolis, Maryland
Bluebird Barbecue – Burlington, Vermont
Bobby Q – Phoenix, Arizona
Boneyard Bistro – Sherman Oaks, California
Carson’s Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue – Chicago, Illinois
Carson’s Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Chicago q – Chicago, Illinois
Chuck’s Southern Comforts Café – Burbank, Illinois
Chuck’s Southern Comforts Café – Darien, Illinois
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que – Brooklyn, New York
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que – Buffalo, New York
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que – Harlem, New York
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que – Rochester, New York
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que – Troy, New York
Freedmen’s – Austin, Texas
The Granary `Cue & Brew – San Antonio, Texas
Gus’s BBQ – South Pasadena, California
Hill Country Barbecue Market – Washington, D.C.
Iron Starr Urban Barbecue-OKC – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Kenny’s Smoke House – Plano, Texas
Lambert’s Downtown BBQ – Austin, Texas
Montgomery Inn-At the Boathouse – Cincinnati, Ohio
The Montgomery Inn-Original – Cincinnati, Ohio
Naples Rib Company – Long Beach, California
Percy Street Barbecue – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Piggyback Tavern – Forest Park, Illinois
Russell’s Smokehouse – Denver, Colorado
Southpaw BBQ – San Francisco, California
Sweet T’s Restaurant + Bar – Santa Rosa, California
Wexler’s – San Francisco, California

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Mellow Mushroom Introduces Up in Smoke Summer Menu

Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers is turning up the heat and has introduced the Up In Smoke menu for the summer season. A selection of new, limited-edition signature dishes and specialty cocktails draws inspiration from the bold, smoky flavors of chipotle and poblano peppers. The Up In Smoke menu will be available nationwide from now through July 27th.

New menu items include:
Fully Blazed Chicken Mole Pie — Signature Mellow Dough with an authentic Mexican mole sauce as a base. Topped with all-natural grilled chicken, caramelized onions, the signature mushroom trio, and mozzarella, and feta cheese

Mel’s Fattie — A giant flour tortilla filled with all-natural grilled chicken, mozzarella cheese, and caramelized onions, floating on top of a tomato, black bean, and corn base

Smokin’ Shrimp Calzone — Signature Mellow dough filled with roasted peppers, caramelized onions, the signature mushroom trio, all-natural shrimp, Mexican chorizo sausage, and mozzarella cheese

Holy Mole Hoagie — All-natural grilled chicken tossed in Mexican mole sauce. Topped with roasted poblano peppers, caramelized onions, the roasted mushroom trio, mozzarella, and feta cheese on a fresh hoagie roll

Shrimp Rajas Salad — Fresh field greens and romaine topped with sautéed all-natural shrimp, roasted poblano peppers, caramelized onions, sprouts, sunflower seeds and fresh Roma tomatoes, all tossed in a chili lime vinaigrette

Chicken Poblano Bowl — All-natural chicken tossed in Mexican mole sauce topped with melted mozzarella and served on spinach with roasted poblano peppers, caramelized onions, mushroom trio, sprouts, feta cheese and Roma tomatoes

Tortilla Soup — A vegetarian-based soup made with hearty onions, black beans, and corn. Garnished with avocado and chipotle cream.

Psychadelic Cookie Sundae – A giant house baked cookie served with all natural vanilla bean ice cream, chocolate syrup and whipped cream

As a featured accompaniment to the Up In Smoke menu, Mellow Mushroom will offer Samuel Adams Rebel IPA, a refreshing, flavorful West Coast–style IPA with hop-forward flavors and subtle notes of pine and grapefruit that pair perfectly with the smoked jalapeño flavors of the new signature dishes.

The Up In Smoke menu also features new house cocktails, including the El Diablo margarita, infused with fresh jalapeño and served with a half rim of chile lime salt, and the Hot Mama, a blood orange margarita, made with Solerno blood orange liqueur, Milargo Silver, agave sour, Mellow Meringue, and fresh ginger, served with a half rim of orange cayenne salt.

Greater Cincinnati locations include West Chester, OH and Wilder, KY.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Copper & Kings nears completion on Louisville brandy distillery, invites community for preview event

Owners Joe and Leslie Heron of Copper & Kings American Brandy Co. are ready to introduce brandy to Louisville. The veteran beverage entrepreneurs have been producing pure American brandy for several months at the Butchertown distillery while completing construction on the cutting-edge facility which includes a copper-pot still distillery, basement maturation cellar, art gallery event space, modern office suite and third floor tasting room with sky deck.

An informal preview event will be held Friday, July 11 from 5 to 11 p.m. as an unofficial sneak peek for the Louisville community. Live local music from JK Mabry & the Maybes, food trucks and a craft cocktail bar will set up in the courtyard throughout the night. In addition to the free outdoor event, guided distillery tours that include a rooftop tasting are available for $5 per person. For more information or to buy a ticket, visit

“We field numerous inquiries daily about when we’ll be open for touring and tasting so we decided to just do it,” said owner Joe Heron. “We’ll invite Louisville in a little early to see what we’ve been up to and share some of our enthusiasm. Above all, we want this to be a community asset and not just a tourist attraction.”

The final phase of construction, which will outfit the outdoor courtyard with a fire pit, pig roast, catering prep kitchen and lush landscaping, will finish later this summer. Copper & Kings brandy products are already available in many Kentucky liquor stores and cocktail bars.

About Copper & Kings American Brandy Co.:
Copper & Kings uses traditional copper pot-distillation to forge untraditional, craft-distilled, natural pot-still brandies that are non-chill filtered with no added flavors or synthetic chemicals. Distilled at a low distillation temperature just twice, Copper & Kings spirits span the spectrum from un-aged and aged offerings to various expressions of apple and grape brandy. Copper & Kings, located at 1111 E. Washington St., is owned by Joe and Leslie Heron. For more information, visit