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Over-the-Rhine craft cocktail bar owners opening new Walnut Hills bar

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Posted at 1:08 PM, Mar 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-19 16:10:24-04

CINCINNATI — The creative team behind Sundry and Vice craft cocktail bar in Over-the-Rhine plan to open a new venue in another up-and-coming Queen City neighborhood.

Sundry and Vice General Manager Jack Keane and owner Stuart King announced Comfort Station will open in Walnut Hills this summer. The bar takes its name from the historic Public Comfort Station building at 791 E McMillan St. where it will be located.

"We’re incredibly happy to be opening in Walnut Hills," King said in a press release. "Our team can’t wait to breathe new life into a building that at one time was vital to daily life in the area. Comfort Station will be a return of the building’s roots and purpose, a spot along people’s journey to relax and rejuvenate."

The 100-year-old Public Comfort Station once served as a bathing house and rest area along one of Cincinnati's historic transit lines, according to King and Keane.

Comfort Station will include two distinct areas once the owners complete renovations of the building, according to the release.

The upper level of the bar is described as a light-filled space that will serve as an all-day cocktail and day-time coffee bar. It will also include an area for co-working or study that transitions into a backyard patio.

A dimly-lit cocktail bar will occupy the basement of Comfort Station. Guests will enter the upper level through the building's original women's room entrance and the basement through the original men's room door.

"The dual nature of the bar reflects the dichotomy of light and dark," Keane said. "This idea of two sides and duality is reinforced in the design and our forward-thinking cocktail program devised for each space. With two bars, we’re able to offer a broader beverage program than Sundry and Vice, including a larger selection of wines and large-format, shareable cocktails."

King opened Sundry and Vice at 18 W. 13th St. in Over-the-Rhine in 2015.