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Grand Opening of Jimmy G's

Grand Opening of Jimmy G's
A top local chef and a nightlife mogul team up to open Cincinnati's newest restaurant. Read on to learn more about this urban eatery set to premiere this week.

 

112111SOCIAL.jpgThroughout the years, Scott Sheridan's vision, imagination and business-savvy has attracted the likes of Justin Timberlake, Snoop Dogg and nearly every Cincinnati clubber to one of his nightlife venues. He launched his first nightclub, Club Clau, in 2003. He then went on to launch Purgatory and more recently FB's and Lunar/Launch.

 

Although nightlife has been Sheridan's specialty for years, he's dishing up something new with his newest venture, Jimmy G's. Located in the 435 Elm building, this new restaurant will be adjacent to Sheridan's Lunar with a direct entrance from the street.

 

The restaurant's namesake, Chef Jimmy Gibson, has worked as executive chef at some of the most nationally-acclaimed restaurants in the country, including downtown Cincinnati's The Phoenix, Ciao Baby in Washington, D.C., and Dolce, one of the top Italian restaurants in New York City in the early 90s.

 

The new urban eatery will be located in the old Wah Mee space adjacent to Lunar on Elm Street downtown. "In terms of decor, the evolution and sophistication will be provided by an Art Nouveau meets Mad Men design style," says public relations and marketing specialist for Jimmy G's (and Scott's sister), Kim Sheridan.

 

According to Kim, the space is divided into three interconnecting sections: the lounge bar, a central dining room and two private dining/banquet areas, "the larger of which includes a custom fireplace," she says. "Guests enter from the street, down a mysterious stairwell through an arched entranceway into the restaurant. Including all of the rooms and the bar area, capacity will sit at about 175."

 

Wine lovers, rejoice. Jimmy G's will also feature personal wine lockers, which you can reserve prior to the opening. Gibson says, "Jimmy G's will be a protein-centric menu, featuring small plates. You will be able to be in Thailand on one plate, the Caribbean on the next, Milwaukee on the next and Nice on the last. There will be something for everyone."

 

This restaurant is – quite literally – interconnected with Sheridan's nightclub, Lunar. The upper level of Lunar nightclub is accessible via an elevator in Jimmy G's. "All dining guests will receive VIP entry into Lunar as well as other special promotional offers and services," says Kim. "Since traditional 'clubbing' has lost some of its edge and consumers have become increasingly restaurant- and food-savvy, Jimmy G's will blur the boundaries between restaurant and cocktail lounge, morphing into a chic after-hours venue."

 

The restaurant is being launched by joint principal owners Ron Goldschmidt, Ryan Goldschmidt, Scott Sheridan and Bill Foster. "It's all about supporting downtown Cincinnati; whether it's OTR, Walnut, WeVi (west of Vine), it doesn't matter where you go as long as people are coming downtown," says Sheridan. "Every business owner down here is working together toward the same goal and that's to make Cincinnati a growing metropolis that continues to thrive."

 

Jimmy G's will host a premiere on Thanksgiving Eve to preview the space from 5 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Amy Scalia -

 

Amy Scalia, a Cincinnati native, is the editor in chief and publisher of Cincy Chic. Send her an e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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