I’ve mentioned before the resurgence of classiness that seems to be happening in downtown/Over-The-Rhine. But I’ve neglected Covington.
We’ve always had Mainstrasse, with wonderful places like Zola’s, Dee Felice, and my favorite, Chez Nora. Down in the courthouse area, at the foot of the Roebling Suspension Bridge, we used to have Scalea’s and several other bars and restaurants, including Jack Quinn’s. When Newport on the Levee opened, it seemed to be the death knell for the Covington courthouse area though. Scalea’s closed, other places opened and folded, and after a long fight, Jack Quinn’s finally closed.
I always liked Jack Quinn’s. If I ordered a Bloody Cider, they generally knew what I meant. (It’s hard cider with a shot of black currant – I learned about in in London.) I’ve had birthdays there, business holiday parties, and even attended wedding receptions on their upper floor. So I was sad to see Jack Quinn’s go. Admittedly, I always blamed chain restaurant Claddagh at Newport for Jack Quinn’s demise.
I was thrilled to read that Louisville’s Molly Malone’s has purchased the location, which is, of course, ready-made to be an Irish pub. Molly Malone’s has survived in downtown Louisville for 10 years, and the empty Jack Quinn’s location seemed like the perfect opportunity to expand. The bar will re-open on August 14 with its new identity.
Molly Malone’s of Covington will be operated by Donal Ryan, Tadgh
O’Callaghan and long-time Molly’s bartender, Paul Shanley. All
originally from Ireland, Shannon will serve as the general manager of
the new location at 112 E. Fourth St.
From the Louisville web site, it seems that Molly Malone’s is pretty involved in community events, as well as hosting World Cup and St Patty’s day events.
With the addition of Molly Malone’s, the courthouse area has really come full circle. In case you didn’t know, that’s where you can find Jean-Robert de Cavel’s two restaurants Pho Paris and the Greenup Cafe. It sounds like the owners of Mt Adams Pavilion are also opening a restaurant – casual American fare – in the corner location that used to be Donna’s.
There’s another restaurant down there too, and I can’t remember the name. We wandered out of a several hour wine tasting at Pho Paris one afternoon, really wanting beer and cheeseburger. We hooked a left and there was a bit of a dive that had decent beer on tap and incredible cheeseburgers. I recommend the place – I just can’t remember the name.
All in all, the courthouse area in Covington is catching up with Over the Rhine and Mainstrasse.
*bridge photo courtesy of our favorite CincyImages.com
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