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Catch-a-Fire Pizza opens in Westwood, March Sadness at Taft’s Brewing, former Salazar space goes Moroccan, and more.
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MARCH 2024

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Catch-a-Fire Pizza opens in Westwood, March Sadness at Taft Brewing, former Salazar space goes Moroccan, and more.

Catch-a-Fire Pizza Opens in Westwood
Catch-a-Fire Pizza opened its new location inside of Westside Brewing taproom in Westwood today, March 22. This also marks the debut of a new signature pizza called Pizzanati, which “has all of the Cincinnati flavors locals have come to love.”

March Sadness at Taft’s Brewing
Taft’s Brewing Co. is celebrating busted March Madness brackets this month with its “March Sadness” event. Just print out your busted bracket and bring it in for $3 pint. The biggest losers will be entered into a drawing to win $100 in Taft’s cash.

Former Salazar Space Goes Moroccan
Jose Salazar recently announced that he will open Safi, a Moroccan-inspired wine bar, in the old Salazar space in Over-the-Rhine this summer. The new concept came after Salazar and his wife, Ann, traveled to Morocco last year (the bar’s name is Arabic for “enough”). The menu will feature Moroccan-focused small plates and the wine list will lean toward mostly Mediterranean wines, featuring bottles from Italy, Greece, Spain, France, Lebanon, Morocco, and more.

Alara Opens Next Week 
Alara, the eighth restaurant in Greater Cincinnati from Looking Glass Hospitality, opens its doors on Monday, March 25. The 10,000-square-foot space will have an open kitchen layout and a full-service bar as well as private dining spaces. The menu, inspired by the owners’ travels, will put an emphasis on prime meats and seafood, with fine dining items like lobster, Wagyu beef, and King salmon.

Ruth’s Co-Owner Retiring
Mary Kroner, founding co-owner of Ruth’s Parkside Café in Northside, is retiring on April 5. “It has been meaningful to me to be part of the welcoming community and good food that David and I set out to offer,” she says. “A restaurant can be much more than just a place that offers food. I am not alone in knowing that Ruth’s offers so much more.”

Asianati’s Hanami Picnic Returns
The third annual Asianati Hanami Picnic will be held from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, at Ault Park. Bring your own meal or pre-order Japanese mochi desserts from Coco Sakula Japanese Grocery Store and bento boxes from BentOn and Mei Japanese  Restaurant, and picnic under Ault Park’s Japanese cherry blossom tree grove. Bento boxes must be pre-ordered online by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 29 (pickup will be onsite from 11 a.m. to noon on the day of the event).

Oktoberfest Moves to Sawyer Point
This week, the Cincinnati Regional Chamber of Commerce announced that the 48th annual Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is moving to Sawyer Point & Yeatman’s Cove. “Hosting Oktoberfest at Sawyer Point & Yeatman’s Cove gives us the opportunity to highlight some of Cincinnati’s great assets—our beautiful parks and riverfront,” says Mayor Aftab Pureval. “We are excited to move Oktoberfest Zinzinnati to transform the event from a street fair into an even more authentic experience with more tents, more music, [and] more beer.” The beer-soaked Bavarian-style festival takes place from Sept. 19-22.

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