Sunday, July 13, 2003

Business notes

River restaurant in Lawrenceburg

By Jenny Callison
The Cincinnati Enquirer

An eatery with a view is now open in downtown Lawrenceburg.

River Watch, at 1 Walnut St., is a floating restaurant on the Ohio River offering light fare and a full bar. The bar and grill serves appetizers, sandwiches, soups and desserts from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Owner Mike Rauen opened River Watch in mid-June. Information: (812) 539-3625.

Dentist establishes practice in Delhi

Dr. Richard Corwin has opened Delhi Family Dentistry, a practice that incorporates new technology and a friendly approach.

Corwin uses a three-dimensional presentation to explain needed procedures and show the difference teeth whitening or space removal can make. He has added digital radiography so that patients can see X-rays as they are taken. Air-abrasion is available as an alternative to a drill for some restoration procedures.

Delhi Family Dentistry is at 5127 Delhi Ave. Information: 451-4343.

Happy Tails helps take care of pets

West Chester is home to a new pet caretaker.

Happy Tails Pet Sitting LLC is the venture of Diane Bouley, who visits customers' homes to give animals a break.

"I believe pets are most comfortable in their own homes with familiar surroundings, routines, noises and smells," she said.

Happy Tails' services include dog walking, exercising and companionship visits. Bouley also house sits or will see that homes look lived-in by dropping by to change lights, bring in papers and mail, and water plants. Service area encompasses West Chester and Liberty townships, Springdale, Glendale and Fairfield.

Information: 238-9994 or at

Hart purchases Columbus show

Cincinnati's Hart Productions Inc. has purchased the Columbus Sports, Vacation & Boat Show. The event previously was owned by Columbus Dispatch Charities, a non-profit organization that distributes funds to groups that serve young people in central Ohio.

According to Mike Poleway of Columbus Dispatch Charities, the show was sold after research showed the owner could no longer expand the show's capacity without increased liability and risk.

Hart Productions produces a variety of consumer shows at the Albert B. Sabin Cincinnati Convention Center, such as the Cincinnati Travel, Sports & Boat Show.

The Columbus event will continue at the Ohio Expo Center. Dates for next year's show are Feb. 12-15, 2004. Information: 281-0022.

Michael's Pub open in Williamsburg

Situated in the caretaker's house on a former vineyard, Michael's Pub on the Hill prides itself on being a unique, family-style eatery.

The new restaurant is in the residential community of Williamsburg, in Springfield Township. There is both indoor and outdoor seating.

Owner Michael Portillo grew up in the restaurant business. For more than 20 years, he worked for the Portillo Restaurant Group, a Chicago company founded by his father. Michael Portillo created restaurant concepts as well as managing existing ones. He sold his interest in his father's company and developed Michael's Soon-To-Be-Famous Restaurants, in the Chicago area.

Michael's Pub's kitchen is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. The bar is open until midnight Monday-Thursday, until 1 a.m. Friday-Saturday and until 10 p.m. Sunday. Delivery is available to the adjacent Williamsburg and Evergreen communities.

Information: 761-6061 or

Bleubird Cafe open in Ft. Thomas

A deli-style restaurant has opened in Fort Thomas.

The Bleubird Cafe, at 654 Highland Ave., serves pastries, espresso, soups, salads, wraps and sandwiches. Boar's Head meats are featured.

A $3.95 express lunch consists of a sandwich, drink and side item. The cafe's signature sandwich is "The Bleubird," composed of buffalo chicken, Swiss cheese, bleu cheese, lettuce and tomato, served with a special sauce on sourdough bread.

Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Information: (859) 442-8800 or



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