Julie Irwin Zimmerman
That afternoon employees learned that they would, indeed, have plenty of time for family and friends; owner Martin Wade was closing the restaurant for good. It would surprise none of them: The long room with the lime-green walls, which had regularly hosted more than 200 people on weekend evenings, now was lucky to serve a few dozen, and Wade says the restaurant had lost $120,000 this year alone. Three years ago Wade and acclaimed French chef Jean-Robert de Cavel had five restaurants in their culinary kingdom; The Bistro was the fourth to close, and perhaps the most wrenching. Though the elegant Jean-Robert at Pigall’s on Fourth Street had been the flagship of their gastronomic fleet, in many ways The Bistro (formerly JeanRo Bistro) had been its heart, a lively establishment and the group’s only moneymaker.
In the past, the W&S Open had separate weeks for the men and women—and a lower-tier women’s draw until recently. But this year’s event will feature the top men and women in the world in the same week, spread across a renovated campus that includes six new courts and a state-of-the-art players’ center. And though Mason has no answer to the Trevi Fountain or South Beach, the Cincinnati tournament is gaining a reputation among fans for top-level tennis that’s affordable and more intimate than many of its big-city cousins. At the U.S. Open, a good look at Rafael Nadal might require a set of binoculars; Cincinnati fans can sit close enough to watch the sweat rolling off his arms—and grab a post-match autograph to boot.
In January of 1978, in the middle of the night during one of that brutal winter’s blizzards, a group calling itself the Over-the-Rhine People’s Movement took over the abandoned Teamsters Union Hall at 217 West 12th Street.
For five years the group had used various rooms and storefronts to provide shelter to the homel