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Over-the-Rhine gaming parlor and bar closes just before third anniversary

Posted at 3:22 PM, May 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-21 15:22:11-04

CINCINNATI — It's game over for an Over-the-Rhine bar that specialized in board games and adult beverages.

On Tuesday, operators of the Rook confirmed through Facebook that the gaming parlor is closed — for now.

"Unfortunately, we have closed and (are) looking for (a) buyer," the representative stated.

The representative added, the gaming bar could find a second life, hoping "it will reopen with same concept."

When the Rook at 1115 Vine St. in May 2016, the bar let patrons play thousands of traditional board and card games for free, as long as they purchased food and drink.

When asked why the bar closed via Facebook messenger, the Rook representative stated, "Various reasons. Nothing specific."

The Rook occupied the first-and-second stories of the four-story building situated near the Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati.

The property sold for $300,000 in June 2015. Ownership was then transferred at no cost to new owners in Sept. 2017, according to the Hamilton County Auditor's website.