Opening a restaurant during COVID-19 isn’t easy, but for Ashley Robertson, Austin Heidt, and Brent and Corinne Oberholzer, Dear Restaurant & Butchery has been a dream several years in the making. After working together in fine dining in Colorado, the two couples moved to Cincinnati to launch their Art of Care Hospitality Group and begin a full renovation of the old Teller’s space in Hyde Park Square.
“Right now, we’re very much focusing on the in-home experience,” Heidt says of their now-open butchery, soon to be followed by the restaurant next month. “That’s where people are right now and that’s where they really feel safe.”
“We always wanted to bring food into people’s homes with a takeaway program, and then COVID came, and we were able to do it that much better,” adds Brent, the restaurant’s bar director.
The butchery offers high-quality beef and pork, local lamb and chicken, and take-home grill kits that include family sized portions of burgers, sausages, or Wagyu beef. The current menu also includes a charcuterie program, sandwiches, coffee, and soft-serve ice cream. Among libations, guests can enjoy a wide range of beer and wine, including a monthly wine club and wine lockers, coming soon to the restaurant.
“I’ve kind of been dreaming of opening this restaurant for about a decade, and I just so happened to find people who were already doing it,” says butcher and head chef Brian Young, who was a contestant on season 16 of Bravo’s Top Chef. “If you think about a proper English or Irish butcher shop, it’s all about the roasts. So that’s how I set up this butcher shop, with really amazing roasts.”
Customers will be able to see what Young has in store for the restaurant’s full menu next month and get a peek at local interior design firm Drawing Dept’s new vision—led by Michelle Pinales—for the historic space. Heidt, who’s originally from Hyde Park, says the remodeling inspiration was a classic, timeless look that’s comfortable enough to feel like a second home.
“We wanted to really personalize the space and create a full transformation,” Heidt says. “It’s such a vibrant community that carries so much history with it, so to be a neighborhood restaurant that tailors to the needs of each customer is really special to us.”
The area is also where Brent and Corinne, general manager, chose to begin their married lives and are now raising their 3-month-old. “We started a family here in Hyde Park as well, and we’re excited to become a part of the community,” Brent says.
Dear Restaurant & Butchery, 2710 Erie Ave., Hyde Park, (513) 429-2605