the Banks

The Banks Partnership

Traffic along Cincinnati's riverfront is getting a little more tricky for a few weeks.

Lane closures and detours start Monday morning while crews work on constructing a new pedestrian bridge on Pete Rose Way and what's known as the Dumbo Lot at Third and Broadway and removing the Race Street bridge deck.

Sidewalks in those areas will also be closed for certain periods.

The traffic disruptions are slated to run through early August.

The folks at Toby Keith's I Love this Bar and Grill have more than hamburgers and beers on their plates. According to court filings, the restaurant hasn't been paying its rent.

An affiliate of The Banks developer is filing suit against the restaurant's owners. Court documents allege Toby Keith's hasn't paid rent since November of last year. The monthly rent is $41,066.67.

The developer is asking for all rents, payments, fines and other related costs.

The Yard House, a national chain of 43 restaurants, is looking to fill more than 200 positions for its March 24 opening at The Banks, between Great American Ball Park and Paul Brown Stadium.

The restaurant, known for its menu of "American fusion fare," is looking for servers, bartenders, hosts, expediters, line cooks, prep cooks, and dishwashers.


Jefferson Social will take up residence this Spring at The Banks. The neighborhood bar and restaurant style facility will serve Mexican street food. It will be operated by Tony Cafeo, who also owns Jefferson Hall at Newport on the Levee.

“Our focus will be on serving artisanal drinks with freshly squeezed juices and quality liquors, and serving tacos and nachos made with fresh ingredients,” says Cafeo. “Customers will be able to enjoy themselves in a design and layout conducive to socializing, eating, dancing and partying.”


Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches is coming to the Banks.  A release  from the development team of Carter and The Dawson Company says it will open in April on the south block of Freedom Way.   “The addition of Jimmy John’s helps round out the ‘something for everyone’ atmosphere at The Banks,” said Scott Stringer, Executive Vice President at Carter. “It will be another great option for those who are downtown looking for lunch or something quick.”


Cincinnati is holding a national competition to get design ideas for building decks over Fort Washington Way to connect the Central Business District to the Banks.

Possibilities range from adding green space to business, retail or entertainment space.

The competition is called "Connect the Blocks." The city wants design, architectural and engineering experts to create concepts and cost estimates.