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Over-the-Rhine business owner opens nightclub in downtown Cincinnati

The nightclub is aiming to transport guests into an 'oasis of love'
Posted at 10:47 AM, Aug 10, 2023

CINCINNATI — A new nightclub is now open in downtown Cincinnati.

Longtime Over-the-Rhine business owner Rico Grant opened LoVe Nightclub in downtown's 4th and Race development late last week, 3CDC announced Thursday.

LoVe Nightclub joins bb.q Chicken and Paris Baguette in the new development.

The nightclub, which is specifically located at 138 W 4th St., aims to cater to "young, high-energy corporate professionals and creatives," according to a press release.

The nightclub opened with extended hours to celebrate its grand opening, but it will typically be open Friday through Sunday, with an earlier happy hour to accommodate the club's target audience of young professionals working downtown.

"Other big cities do happy hour really well," said Grant in a press release. "Cincinnati just does it too late. LoVe will be opening at 4 p.m. on Fridays so people can come straight from work to relax and have a drink to kick off the weekend before heading home, to dinner or out for the night."

Starting Dec. 8, LoVe will also host a "professional recess" starting at 4 p.m.

Outside of its operating hours, the business will also serve as a small event center, available to rent through the week for private events like holiday parties and corporate functions.

Grant, who also owns Gallery at Gumbo and Cinema OTR, said the nightclub will give off a "sultry" vibe alongside top-notch hospitality.

"We're pairing a nightclub with Grade A hospitality the way Jeff Ruby's pairs a great steak with hospitality," Grant said.

To achieve that sultry atmosphere, the nightclub will feature Tiffany blue accents, modern art and custom wallpaper. The nightclub will also have a VIP section wrapped in a custom gold sofa. In line with the nightclub's name, all of the decor will be love-related in an effort to transport guests to an "oasis of love."

That design, which is promised to feature multiple photo-worthy backdrops, will be executed by TriVersity Construction and City Studios.

Outside of its decor, LoVe will have valet parking and a coat check among other amenities.

Construction on the 4,300-square-foot space has begun and is expected to be completed this fall.

No good nightclub is set without its entertainment, and 3CDC says LoVe will have a DJ booth with "state-of-the-art" sound and lighting. That DJ booth will also allow for a different mood and experience for guests "based on the crowd and the vibe of the evening," 3CDC said.

The nightclub is Grant's first venture outside of OTR, and he said he's excited to "tap into a whole new audience of downtown eventgoers."

Rico Grant
Rico Grant

The business owner opened Gallery at Gumbo, a hybrid art gallery and barbershop, at the corner of Main and 13th streets in 2021. More recently, Grant opened Cinema OTR, a bar dedicated to '90s R&B, hip-hop and Black films, in August 2022.

Outside of Grant's business ventures, he also founded Paloozanoire, an organization focused on elevating Black artists, leaders and entrepreneurs.

"Rico is known as one of the most well-connected entrepreneurs in Cincinnati and he has shown a passion for showcasing all the city has to offer while uplifting others in the community," said Lindzie Gunnels with 3CDC.

Gunnels said Grant has created an "undeniable vibe" at Cinema OTR and 3CDC is excited to see how he expands that on an even larger scale.

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