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Kiki Japanese gastropub announces College Hill grand opening date

Posted: 12:42 PM, Aug 22, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-22 14:35:46-04
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CINCINNATI — College Hill residents and neighborhood officials will celebrate the grand opening of Kiki, a Japanese gastropub, with a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. Aug. 28. at 5832 Hamilton Ave.

“Every business district needs a sit-down establishment where you can celebrate life’s big moments, or simply enjoy an evening with your significant other. That’s what Kiki will provide and we couldn’t be more excited for it,” said Seth Walsh, executive director of the College Hill CURC, in a press release.

Hideki Harada, the former owner-chef of Kaze in Over-the-Rhine, promised customers a creative take on classic ramen and other Japanese dishes, along with fresh sushi served one night per week, after Kiki opens in College Hill.

Harada, along with his wife, Yuko, and Walsh, first announced plans to open Kiki inside the former National City Bank building in October 2017. College Hill CURC owned the building when Harada agreed to lease the then-vacant space.

The nonprofit redevelopment group currently owns 19 buildings in College Hill. The organization previously partnered with the owners of Tortilleria Garcia in Springdale to open a second location. That restaurant opened earlier this year at 5917 Hamilton Ave. next to Brink Brewing Co., which CURC helped bring to College Hill in 2017.

“College Hill is the perfect fit for Kiki and our Japanese dishes,” Harada said. "In this diverse community, Kiki will bring a completely new taste and we are excited to give that to the people of College Hill."

Kiki will be open 4-10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 4 p.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday, noon-8 p.m. Sunday and closed Monday and Tuesday. For more information about Kiki visit www.kikicincinnati.com.