Walnut Hills’ new coffee-shop-by-day, jazz-lounge-by-night is now open and we’ve got your first look inside.
Caffè Vivace at 975 E. McMillan St. in the ground floor of the Trevarren Flats development is now open for business and will host a grand opening party April 6-7. Flip through the photos for a look inside.
Keeton told me the couple had wanted to open their own jazz lounge since they got married but got serious about it when they moved to College Hill four years ago.
“It’s one of those things you talk about and think it will never happen, but it did,” she said.
They chose Walnut Hills because their spot in the Trevarren Flats is in the middle of that neighborhood’s redevelopment efforts, which has seen a barbecue restaurant, speakeasy bar and sneaker shop open on that block alone. It will soon be home to Esoteric Brewing, Cincinnati’s first minority-owned brewery.
Caffè Vivace has a breakfast menu with bagels and breakfast sandwiches, and it will serve sandwiches and salads for lunch. In the evening it will switch to a tapas menu with five or six small plates.
The beverage program consists of coffee and espresso drinks as well as mixed drinks and craft beer. Caffè Vivace will host live music Monday through Saturday nights with local and national acts. During the day Gallaher intends for it to serve as a station for people who work remotely. To that end, he plans to have a corner space with a blackboard for meetings. He also wants to reserve one night a week for younger or student musicians.
Keeton said the interior design was meant to walk the line between casual and upscale. Behind the bar is a rippling brass-colored wall meant to evoke water or music. Rope lighting around the room splashes onto the ceiling to give an underwater feel.
“The bar area is kind of masculine and rustic, but in a way that makes people feel comfortable and like they’re in a special place,” she said.
Caffè Vivace will mark the opening of the final retail tenant of the $9 million Trevarren Flats by developer Model Group. Other storefronts include the Cure Cincinnati, a high-end sneaker store; Just Q’in, a barbecue restaurant; and Video Archive, a speakeasy bar. Leasing was handled by Urban Fast Forward working in conjunction with the Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation.
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