Thursday, May 16, 2002

Milford to get places to sip, sup

By Lew Moores
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MILFORD — The former city building and a building behind it are being sold to a Dayton restaurateur who plans to open a restaurant and coffee shop at the location at High and Main streets downtown.

        Brailey Ventures of Dayton has yet to close on the deal, but is acquiring both buildings from the city for $85,000, Mayor Jim Antell said. The city relocated its operations to Center Street in March 2000.

        The city is excited about the prospect of a restaurant and coffee shop downtown since the Mill Street Manor, a Milford institution, closed in March 2001.

        “We'll replace what we had at the Mill Street Manor,” said Loretta Rokey, city manager. “We have some other casual restaurants, but this will be a little different.”

        Glen Brailey of Brailey Ventures said the firm plans to open a tapas bar and coffee shop. He said a tapas bar specializes in appetizers.

        “They originally were Spanish-type appetizers, and evolved into a style of menu where it's just small bites offered,” said Mr. Brailey. “There are small plates offered where you mix and match food. People can share. It's really a way for people to try lots of different things.”

        Mr. Brailey said the firm will put about $500,000 into the venture.

        “As soon as we get the financing completed and get to closing, we'll start,” said Mr. Brailey. “We already have contractors lined up. We've had architects look at it. So a lot of that work is finished.”

        He discovered Milford through his sister-in-law, Jeanine Brailey of Loveland, who approached him about the idea of opening a coffee shop in Milford.

        Downtown Milford is similar to the Oregon district of Dayton, where Mr. Brailey owns an Italian-Mediterranean restaurant, Pacchia, and coffee shop.

        “We feel it's a growing area,” said Mr. Brailey. “The demographics look good with Loveland and Indian Hill nearby. And all of Clermont County is growing.”

        The tapas bar will be called CoZi, and the coffee shop Urban Roast.


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