Go to Prime Cincinnati for Pre-Theater dining!

It’s Theater season again….time to plan your dining experience before the show! You must try the Pre-Theater 2 course dining experience at Prime Cincinnati…literally the best meal and atmosphere right across the street!

In addition….it’s time to start planning NOW for the upcoming holiday season! All of Nelson Castillo’s restaurants (Prime Cincinnati, Primo Middletown and Street City Urban Gourmet) are here to accommodate ALL of your holiday and special occasion needs!

Nelson Castillo, owner of Prime Cincinnati at 580 Walnut St. ( also Street City Urban Gourmet), recently opened Primo Middletown in the former BeauVerre Riourdan Studios Building in Downtown Middletown.

Primo Middletown, like Prime, focuses on USDA Prime, certified Angus Beef steaks, along with an expanded menu, including Italian dishes, like veal chops and Osso Buco…classics for an Italian steakhouse. Castillo also acquired a pasta maker from Italy which he uses to supply his restaurants, and also sell retail pasta. There are wine dinners with menu pairings, and a high-end wine list that pairs well with an Italian steakhouse.

Primo Middletown also has a secret speakeasy accessible through the kitchen, which features more than 100 rare and allocated Bourbons. Unlike Prime, Primo’s speakeasy also has a cigar lounge. A membership to either “UNEXPECTED” speakeasy (either downtown Cincinnati or Middletown) will allow access to both! Castillo is wowing the guests of Primo Middletown….it is fabulous…and a welcome new hotspot for the Middletown and greater Cincinnati patrons of fine dining!

For more details on booking private events for the upcoming holidays at any of these fabulous locations, or to make reservations…visit PrimeCincinnati.com or

Art Beyond Boundaries presents “Jazzed about Art”

Art Beyond Boundaries and The Center for Independent Living Options Inc. (CILO), invite you to join us on the evening of Friday, September 29, 2023, for the 7th annual Jazzed About Art at The Woodward Theater in Over-The-Rhine. The evening will begin with a cocktail hour followed by a catered dinner buffet by Ollie’s Trolley. Throughout the evening you will enjoy live jazz from Art Gore and The Jazz Knights. Bourbon Pull and Live Auction presentation by Paolo, A Modern Jeweler of the elegant Date Night Package that includes a beautiful yellow diamond necklace on date night. Fabulous raffle prizes will be on display with tickets available for purchase. 


Jazzed About Art is an annual event that raises needed funds to support Art Beyond Boundaries, CILO’s inclusive art program and fine art gallery in Over-The-Rhine. Since 2005, this program has assisted hundreds of talented artists with disabilities to grow artistically by providing a professional mainstream exhibition venue where they can establish themselves in the art community. Each year the gallery hosts several themed exhibitions demonstrating a range of talents and skills spanning every type of medium.

If you have any questions, or perhaps would like to discuss other ways you might support the event, please contact us.

Steaks…Burgers…Lamb… and Tennis…oh my!

It’s August…which in Cincinnati means tennis!!!! The best tennis (and food!) is at the ATP Western and Southern Open Tennis tournament…both Prime Cincinnati and Street City Urban Gourmet will be serving up fabulous eats.

Many great menu items will be served up…from Prime Cincinnati and Street City Urban Gourmet. At Prime Cincinnati….The Steakhouse Salad features Certified Angus Beef® Tips, Mixed Baby Greens, Tomatoes, Sweet Corn, Mixed Berries, Red Onion, Feta, Candied Pecans, Strawberry-Balsamic Vinaigrette. Or, try the Cobb Salad… Crabcake Sliders with Blue Crab, Lemon-Caper Tartar, Lettuce, Tomato, or the Jack PrimeTime Sliders with Certified Angus Beef,® Arugula, Bacon-Onion Jam, Truffle Aioli, Cheddar….yummy!

Street City Urban Gourmet will also be there to serve you!

Featuring….Crispy Brussels tossed in Bacon Vinaigrette, 580 Market Salad….Grilled Chicken, Mixed Baby Greens, Tomatoes, Quinoa, Grilled Asparagus, Sunflower Seeds, Feta, Sun-Dried Tomato Vinaigrette, Cajun Salmon Salad…..Mixed Baby Greens, Pepperjack Cheese, Tomatoes, Sweet Corn, Black Beans, Cajun-BBQ Ranch, Salmon Sandwich…. Grilled Salmon, Lettuce, Tomato, Fretboard Braised Onions, Garlic Aioli, Brioche Bun, last, but definitely not least….Sidewinder Fries!

Primo Middletown is featured on the Front Cover…the absolute BEST new dining experience in the Greater Cincinnati area! An Italian Steakhouse with an incredible wine list and drink selection…fabulous steaks, seafood, house made pasta with authentic Italian ingredients…PLUS a bourbon bar and MORE! Worth the drive for sure!

Let Prime Cincinnati, Street City Urban Gourmet, and the FABULOUS Primo Middletown Italian Steakhouse, host you for dinner…drinks….pre-theatre…at the tennis tournament…any of your events (big or small)… they can host them all!

Dine at Prime Cincinnati & Primo Middletown for Steakhouse Month…and Street City Urban Gourmet for Burger Week!

Burger week is here at Street City Urban Gourmet! July 10-16. Every year, our wonderful city is taken over by fabulous burgers. The absolute best, and I do mean best, is at Street City Urban Gourmet. 

For only $7, the Primo Primetime Smash, five ounce Prime Certified Angus Beef, Arugula, House Giardiniera, Gorgonzola, Guanaciale, Garlic Aioli on a Brioche Bun. YUMMY! Please add sides for a bit extra. They are outstanding! 

Also being featured at Primo Middletown is the Primo Primetime Smash for $10! Eight ounce Prime Certified Angus Beef, Arugula, House Giardiniera, Gorgonzola, Guanaciale, Garlic Aioli on a Brioche Bun, PLUS Primo Pasta Salad, what a fabulous meal! 

And more for July…

Steakhouse Month is EXTENDED! Visit Prime Cincinnati and Primo Middletown for Certified Angus Beef Prime steaks. Both locations are featuring Steakhouse specials throughout the month.

While the steaks are always the feature at both locations, guests can also indulge in one of the many other aspects of each restaurant. Choose to dine on a luxurious outdoor patio, enjoy happy hour at the gorgeous bar, or become members of an exclusive bourbon experience – speakeasy style – through the doors of Unexpected.

Whether you choose to visit the seasoned Prime Cincinnati, or the new Primo Italian Steakhouse, enjoy the July Steakhouse Month specials, Burger Week specials, Happy Hour or Unexpected, you, and your palate, will be thrilled.

It’s Steakhouse Month at Prime Cincinnati and Primo Middletown!

June is National Steakhouse Month and what better way to celebrate than visiting one of two sister restaurants who specialize in Certified Angus Beef® Prime steaks? Prime Cincinnati, located in downtown Cincinnati, and its suburban counterpart Primo Italian Steakhouse, located in Middletown, both offer an array of special cuts on their Steakhouse Month menus.

What does it take to be a part of the Certified Angus Beef® brand label, you ask? The beef must be inspected using the USDA’s Prime standards and then must meet all ten of the CAB® brand’s science- based specifications to qualify. Only 3% of beef achieves the exacting standards of Certified Angus Beef® brand Prime and Chef Shawn Heine is proud to offer this superior quality at both Prime Cincinnati and Primo Italian Steakhouse.

Prime Cincinnati’s Steakhouse Month menu includes options of a 6oz Wagyu Filet, 12oz Filet, 16oz Ribeye and 16oz Kansas City Strip. Coupled with your choice of salad or soup and one side, guests can make their selections all month long for just $100.

Primo Italian Steakhouse’s June menu, designed to share by couples, can be ordered for just $160. Offerings include options of a shared 30oz Tomahawk, 32oz Porterhouse or twin 8oz Filets, with choice of one salad or soup and one side per person.

And while the steaks are always the feature at both locations, guests can also indulge in one of the many other aspects of each restaurant. Choose to dine on a luxurious outdoor patio, enjoy Happy Hour at the gorgeous bar or become members of an exclusive bourbon experience – speakeasy style – through the doors of Unexpected.

Whether you choose to visit the seasoned Prime Cincinnati, or the brand new Primo Italian Steakhouse, the June Steakhouse Menus (and all each restaurant has to offer) will be well worth the trip.

Unique Designer Clothing CAN be found in Cincinnati!

Nestled in the heart of downtown Cincinnati, Idlewild bridges the gap between fashion, art, and lifestyle. Offering a refined yet relaxed atmosphere, the store is cultivated for customers who want the most from their shopping experience. Breaking away from typical luxury retail, Idlewild invites everyone to immerse themselves in a world distinguished by diverse, inclusive, and design-forward clothing and accessories.

 In 2018, Idlewild was reinvented by owners Julie Clark and Jessica Murray, along with store director Tessa Clark. Each an artist in their own right – ceramicist, photographer, and designer – the trio of women wanted to bring a new point of view to Cincinnati, an oft-overlooked gem of the Midwest. They are proud to be part of the movement of women-owned business and focus on making an impact in the local community. Cincinnati is the heart and soul of Idlewild and continues to be a constant source of inspiration.

Tessa was a design contestant on Season 17 of Project Runway on Bravo, where she was touted by celebrity judges as having a great sense of styling and good taste. At Idlewild, you can experience this any day of the week while working with Tessa herself, or her trained team of in-store stylists.

Open everyday!

11am – 7pm

1230 Vine Street

Cincinnati, Ohio 45202





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