CINCINNATI — The Pendleton community is mourning the sudden deaths of two men prominent in the neighborhood’s restaurant scene this week.
PJ Neumann, proprietor of Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey, and Mike Bold, a manager at Nation Kitchen and Bar, both passed away days apart.
“I am not at a loss for words, I just don’t have enough to describe what I am feeling,” Boomtown chef Christian Gill wrote in an Instagram tribute to Neumann.
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It is with the deepest regret that I let the world know that Paul Jay Neumann has passed on to the other side. I am not at a loss for words, I just don’t have enough to describe what I am feeling. @boomtownbiscuitbar will be close tomorrow, Sunday January 19th, to allow our staff to grieve and and accept this loss in our Restaurant Family. I’m not ok. We are not ok. Boomtown is Pj’s dream come to fruition, and to see his lantern light snuffed out before the dawn of our continued vision leaves me in an overwhelming state of grief. PJ you always said remember the brand and don’t forget the story.... This industry is hard, hold tight to your loved ones that continue to feed the masses. We will be here to continue our story. Please be patient with me, the biscuits aren’t rising high today at Boomtown.
“PJ was one the guys that helped make Nation what it is today. He took it a step farther and put his own finger prints on the Pendleton neighborhood that will not be forgotten,” wrote Nation Kitchen on Facebook.
Saturday would have been Bold’s 25th birthday, according to Nation Kitchen. Nation, Boomtown, Rhinehaus and 3 Points Urban Brewery donated Saturday sales to help cover Bold's funeral costs.
Boomtown Biscuits will be closed Sunday, and services for Bold will be held Monday at noon at Advance Funeral Home, 4976 Winton Rd, Fairfield.