Yard House kicks off opening weekend downtown

CINCINNATI - Ohio's first ever Yard House Restaurant is kicking off its opening weekend with a ribbon cutting and a $10,000 check presentation to the Freestore Foodbank.

Yard House, an upscale-casual eatery based out of Los Angeles, is the newest addition to the Banks in downtown Cincinnati.

Following a ribbon cutting, Yard House hosted the first of a pair of invitation-only pre-celebration parties Friday evening. A similar event is scheduled for Saturday.

Yard House officially opens Sunday at 11 a.m.

The award-winning restaurant is known for its American fusion fare, mix of classic and contemporary rock and 100 to 250 taps of imported, craft and specialty ales and lagers including locally-made beers. The Yard House will have 95 tables both inside and outside. It spans more than 10,000 square feet and is built in front of the National Underground Freedom Center.

Perfect for watching sporting events, the restaurant features more than 30 55-inch flat screen TVs visible from any seat in the house.

The restaurant has an urban and industrial design featuring an open floor plan, exposed pipes, warm woods and stainless steel accents.

Yard House, founded by Chairman Steele Platt along with Herrmann and Carlito Jocson, opened its flagship restaurant on Dec. 7, 1996, along the Long Beach waterfront south of Los Angeles. This is Ohio's first Yard House.

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