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  • News from Downtown - 02.11.21

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    February 12, 2021

    Fans of Shanghai Mama’s will be happy to know that the owners have found a new location in Downtown Cincinnati. The new spot is located at 700 Elm Street, inside the former Sung's Korean Bistro space. The Asian fusian restaurant will have a new name, Shanghai on Elm, but will still offer its signature noodle dishes and other Asian food options, including vegan and vegetarian-friendly menu items. Shanghai on Elm is open for carryout only, Mon–Sat from 2 p.m. to midnight.

    I’m happy to report that another Downtown Cincinnati restaurant is back open for business. Stop in at Americano Burger Bar, located at 545 Race Street, and order a tasty burger and beer to support the reopening. The restaurant will temporarily offer a limited menu, but will slowly add new food and drink items over the coming weeks. Americano is open Tues–Sat, from 11a.m. to 9 p.m.

    Check out a spotlight in Cincinnati Magazine on one of our dedicated and hardworking Social Outreach workers, Nicole Smith. As part of our social services initiative, GeneroCity 513, we provide four Social Outreach workers in Downtown Cincinnati through a partnership with Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services. These Social Outreach staff members are out in the field each day, engaging with those who are homeless and/or panhandling, and working to connect them to needed services, whether it is addiction treatment, temporary or permanent housing, mental health services, or other needs. We greatly appreciate the efforts of our Social Outreach team. If you are in Downtown Cincinnati and see someone in need, please call our Social Outreach Hotline at (513) 498-6192.

    Congratulations to Downtown Cincinnati business owner Means Cameron. His coffee shop, restaurant and community gathering place, BlaCK Coffee Lounge, was included on Yelp’s List of “Black-owned Businesses to Watch in 2021.” In honor of Black History Month, online business review website Yelp recognized two Black-owned businesses in each metropolitan area, spotlighting businesses that had increased ratings and reviews during 2020, an incredibly challenging year for small businesses. Read more about this great accomplishment here. Stop in for a coffee and support this local business!

    If you’re struggling to plan the perfect Valentine’s Day evening with your sweetheart, check out the website for our new Save Local campaign. This is your resource for events and promotions happening for Valentine’s Day and throughout the winter months, and is a great way to help support local businesses in Downtown Cincinnati. Keep checking the website for upcoming deals, and make sure to follow Downtown Cincinnati on Facebook and Instagram for opportunities to win prizes!