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Worth the Drive: Cincinnati’s Hathaway’s Diner serves up goetta burrito + vintage vibes

Mike Thomas



I first discovered Hathaway’s diner while visiting Cincinnati for a music festival. Stumbling out of our hotel the morning after a very late night, my more outgoing friend inquired among the brown-bag-holding gentry of nearby Fountain Square as to where we could get a much-needed hangover cure. Hathaway’s was the clear answer, and it did not disappoint.

Having been in operation for 63 years, Hathaway’s diner is an institution in the Queen City. This old school diner dripping in vintage vibes is located on the ground floor of a Cincinnati’s Carew Tower, which also doubles as a kind of proto-shopping mall.

Photos from Hathaway’s Facebook page

Inside Hathaway’s proper, the vibe of a bygone era intensifies even further. The restaurant is set up like a 1950s vintage diner, because it is one. With black and white photos of bobbysockers sipping milkshakes up on the wall and two “U” shaped formica-clad service counters, the entire place feels like a trip back to the days when Buddy Holly and Marylin Monroe reigned supreme.


Not all diner food is created equal, and the cooks at Hathaway’s are pros when it comes to all the greasy spoon staples. But let’s be real: you don’t have to drive a stone’s throw away from Kentucky to find a decent plate bacon and eggs. If you’re here, you’ll want to get something you won’t find anywhere else. In Cincy, this means goetta.

Goetta, in all its glory.

Created by German settlers in the 19th century and found almost exclusively in Cincinnati, goetta is a sausage product consisting of ground pork, grains, and spices. While many fine establishments throughout the city serve this signature staple, the goetta breakfast burrito at Hathaway’s is a must-have. With the goetta’s unique texture in the mix along with all of your other breakfast favorites, this burrito satisfies like no other.

The classic diner and the greasy breakfast foods found therein are all-American traditions that have stood the test of time. Thanks to hidden gems like Hathaway’s, diners will hopefully enjoy this unique slice of Americana for generations to come.

Hathaway’s Diner is located at 441 Vine St in Cincinnati. For more, visit them on Facebook.

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We Sheet you not, Sheetz is coming to Columbus

Mike Thomas



Regional gas station chains seem to accumulate cult followings of loyal customers. While word of a new convenience store coming to town may not seem like a big deal at first, just ask your friends from Pennsylvania about Sheetz.

The popular chain of convenience stores and coffee shops headquartered in Altoona, Pennsylvania has announced an expansion into the Columbus market with this remarkable hype video posted to Facebook:

Sheetz locations offer fresh, made-to-order food options that set the chain apart from the usual gas station fare.

No open date for the Central Ohio location has been announced at this time. For more, visit

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Raising the Steaks: Ruth’s Chris returns to Columbus with new Short North digs




With no shortage of local competitors welcoming carnivores, Ruth’s Chris Steak House has opened its doors in the Short North. After shuttering its Crosswoods location in 2016 due to “market changes,” the Florida-based steakhouse is back in the Bus.

The new restaurant promises a fine-dining experience tailored especially to the Columbus market and its location.

Photos: Rebecca Tien

“Knowing that we are across from the convention center, this is one of our bigger locations to allow room for a larger bar, private dining rooms and main dining room,” says Maria Policastro, general manager of Ruth’s Chris Columbus. “We kept the Short North Arts District culture in mind during every step of the design process as well, making sure we included elements that incorporated the downtown skyline and ever-present Ohio buckeye trees.”

Indeed, the entrance feels homey and features local art on display to bring some “Columbus” to the space. The building was once home to a hotel, and while undeniably formal, the dinner-only restaurant nevertheless offers a warm and welcoming feel. The waitstaff has its service down to an absolute science. Hand-polished wine glasses top each table and every element of the dining experience is expertly attended to.

Regardless of whether diners care to indulge in one of its more than 250 wines or a vintage-inspired craft cocktail, the main event here is the food. Its extra-thick-cut, wet-aged USDA prime steaks are broiled in a trademark 1800-degree oven and served sizzling on a 500-degree plate so every last bite stays warm.

“From our food to our service, Ruth’s Chris really stands out on its own,” said Policastro. “Ruth believed in treating her guests and employees as family, so that’s how we treat them too—by being warm and welcoming and paying attention to every little detail.”

Ruth Fertel mortgaged her home in 1965 and purchased Chris’s Steak House, a 60-seat restaurant located in New Orleans. After a fire forced her to move locations and rename the restaurant, she settled on Ruth’s Chris Steak House, hence the somewhat strange moniker.

Fertel, who died in 2002 at 75, would likely be shocked to see the size of the private dining rooms in the Columbus restaurant that bears her name. “Our private dining rooms are some of the largest at any Ruth’s Chris,” says Policastro. “When designing our private dining rooms, it was important to us that we made enough space to accommodate our customers in this busy area, along with larger parties who choose to dine with us after visiting the Convention Center or coming from the Ohio State University nearby.”

The private dining rooms each have their own unique Columbus vibe, with names like the Goodale, Victorian and Buckeye Rooms. Which is fitting because, “we’re around the corner from Columbus’ historic Goodale Park, we’re part of the Victorian Village, and we are in the heart of Buckeye nation,” Policastro said. Ruth’s Chris Steak House Columbus is already seeing its private rooms booking up for upcoming events and holidays. “We cannot wait to host these special moments for those who live in and visit the Short North Arts District.”

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse is located at 511 N High Street. Learn more at

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Easton’s “dramatic” rooftop bar and restaurant opens this week

614now Staff



Heads up, Easton, a snazzy new concept is opening this week. Restoration Hardware, or RH, will open The Gallery at Easton Town Center and RH Rooftop Restaurant & Park and Wine & Barista Bar on Thursday, December 12, at 11am.

According to a release, The Gallery "represents the brand’s quest to revolutionize physical retailing," with "immersive experience features artistic installations of luxury home furnishings in a gallery setting."

The three-story, 55,000-square-foot space will serve as "one of the most comprehensive collections of luxury home furnishings in the world."

The "dramatic" Rooftop Restaurant will offer "a year-round, skylit garden escape offering a timeless, ingredient-driven menu beneath a soaring atrium with retractable glass walls, and sparkling crystal chandeliers.

The restaurant will open onto a landscaped park with outdoor lounge spaces and trellised London plane trees.

Situated just off the grand stair, the Wine & Barista Bar will serve craft espresso, fresh-baked pastries, and artisanal wines to enjoy in the Rooftop Park.

This development will act as the anchor for Easton's new $500 million expansion.

RH Columbus, The Gallery at Easton Town Center is located at 4120 Worth Ave., Columbus. For more information, visit

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