Half-a-dozen new bars and restaurants will be coming to The Banks as the half-billion-dollar project keeps growing. There will be new places to go and new workers who pay taxes. Howl at the Moon and Splitsville are in the old Toby Keith’s location. Other new bars and restaurants will soon go, for example, where Johnny Rockets used to be, among other vacancies. The fourth Taste of Belgium Bistro will be going in the new GE office building.
The key to the long term success of The Banks is office buildings like GE and housing. It was a beautiful day Tuesday, August 23, and the Reds were home but think the middle of February. It will be 8 degrees and there will be nothing going on. Businesses need people who work down there and go to the bars and restaurants after work and people who live near and go to them at night.
Phase two apartments opened recently. There are now 600 places to live at The Banks. And GE will add more than 2,000 employees. The banks fills what was once a huge gap between GABP and Paul Brown Stadium.
More housing and retail are planned for phase three at The Banks sometime in the future.