While Old 502 Winery and Falls City Beer have operated a successful tasting room, brewery and gift shop on 10th Street for a couple years now, things are about to boom even more at the emerging district that sits between downtown and Portland. The local winery and brewery powerhouse is opening a new restaurant and bar called Over the 9 in early July.
Over the 9 — a catchy name that references the district west of Ninth Street as well as a play on one of Cincinnati’s historic neighborhoods, Over the Rhine — will be situated adjacent to the brewing and winemaking facilities and led by Griffin Paulin, who is affiliated with Hammerheads, Roux and the Ten Tables program.
Paulin has been busy curating the menu for the full-service restaurant and bar.
“The culinary program at Over the 9 will feature an eclectic menu based on traditional pub fare, incorporating uncommon ingredients and elegant execution,” he said in a press release. “High-level food without the high-level price.”
The full bar will carry the entire line of Old 502 wines and at least six varieties of Falls City beers, as well as a range of other liquors and, of course, bourbons.
Over the 9 is slated to open Thursday, July 3, in conjunction with the Republic Bank First Friday Hop.
The restaurant is the first project to come from a recent leadership transition at Falls City. John Neace, who also owns Old 502 Winery, acquired the full ownership rights of Falls City Brewing Co. from David Easterling. Easterling is credited as restoring the Falls City brand that began in Louisville in 1905. Over the last few years, he transformed the beer’s image from a cheap adult beverage to a respected craft beer.
“David poured his heart and soul into reviving the Falls City brand, and we’re so appreciative and excited to build upon his work to write the next chapter for this iconic beer,” Neace said in the release. “We believe Over the 9 can become an anchor for the future development of this part of the city west of Ninth Street.”
Cezary Wlodarczyk — who has held leadership roles with the likes of Brown-Forman, Nolet Spirits and Diageo — has been named president of Falls City Brewing Co.