New Restaurants, Entertainment Prove It’s Happening at The Banks!

ATLANTA (Oct. 10, 2011) In the past 10 days, The Banks has been a hot topic on social media. Twitter and Facebook have been abuzz with news of two cool restaurants – one that’s a music venue – opening soon at The Banks. 

Retail Corner at The Banks Last week, Tin Roof, a live music venue and bar based in Nashville, announced it would open a 5,000-square-foot bar and restaurant next to the Police Welcome Center. This announcement was on the tail of information about The Banks’ Johnny Rockets hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony for its new 3,000 square-foot restaurant on Oct. 27. 

Today, Johnny Rockets’ owner released new information about the design and custom menu options of The Banks location. The location will incorporate a special sports theme, which is apropos given that The Banks is situated between the Great American Ball Park and Paul Brown Stadium.

Carter serves as master developer of The Banks, an 18-acre mixed-use project where the first residents moved in this spring. Carter also served as program manager for the construction of the city and county-funded parking garage and infrastructure components of the project. 

Here’s the press release from Johnny Rockets. It has all the cool details about the soon-to-open Banks location.

All-American Restaurant Hits Homerun with Opening at Cincinnati’s The Banks

Sports-themed Johnny Rockets with Cincinnati-Exclusive Menu Items Opens in Riverfront Complex

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Oct. 10, 2011 – Johnny Rockets today unveiled a new restaurant design and custom menu options in Cincinnati’s highly anticipated 18-acre development, The Banks. A grand opening celebration, with drawings, giveaways, samplings and specials will take place in conjunction with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, on October 27. Johnny Rockets CEO, John Fuller, Cincinnati Franchise Owners, Rick and Sharon Thompson, along with local dignitaries and business leaders will be on-hand for the festivities that begin at 4:30 p.m.

“The creative process of integrating local sports and tastes into the restaurant’s design and menu has been an exciting venture,” said Johnny Rockets CEO, John Fuller. “As our Company continues to grow, we realize how important it is to customize our decor and offerings to what each venue demands. Johnny Rockets at The Banks is yet another demonstration of how we can transform our classic restaurant concept into one that easily blends with a dynamic, upscale and very contemporary environment.”

Rick Thompson, local Johnny Rockets Franchise Owner, and Operator of The Banks location, adds, “As a local, I know that The Banks is transforming downtown, and as part of that, we know that sports fans, visitors and locals want a timeless dining experience that is uniquely Cincinnati.”

Located on the Ohio River between Paul Brown Stadium and the Great American Ball Park, the full-service restaurant features an outdoor patio, a walk-up order window and to-go licenses for both food and alcohol. The storefront features Johnny Rockets’ logo set inside a giant baseball, while athletic sports graphics adorn inside walls and are included on team members’ jersey uniforms, serveware and decor.

New menu items exclusive to the location include 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 will donate a portion of the proceeds from these Hamburgers to charities selected by the two celebrities.

Other menu items exclusive to the location 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 with homemade Swiss Oatmeal and Vanilla Cinnamon French Toast, along with uniquely flavored espresso drinks on the Java and Joes menu. The Fumblerooski, Squeeze Play and Rocket Fuel have been added to the sports bar’s signature drink list and five new ShakeTinis including the Orange Dreamsicle, Ghirardelli Chocolate Mudslide, Strawberry Banana, Framboise Black Raspberry and the Tennessee join the bar menu as well. In addition to the classic fare and drinks, Guests can watch sports on HD-TVs, located throughout the space.

The 2,950-square-foot restaurant is located at 191 E. Freedom Way in The Banks complex, adjacent to the Reds Hall of Fame, and is open daily from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. This is the sixth Johnny Rockets in Ohio and marks Thompson’s third restaurant, with his other locations in Cincinnati’s Kenwood Towne Center and Newport on the Levee in Newport, Ky.

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