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5 of Cincinnati's oldest restaurants (and what to order at each one)

May 10, 2024 

Greyhound Tavern is something akin to a Southern-style country club restaurant that doesn't require a membership fee. The dining rooms are fancy, decorated with antiques and pastel-print wallpaper. But a more casual vibe can be found in the wood-paneled tavern where you can order a frosty glass of beer, catch a Reds game and watch regulars greet each other with bear hugs or friendly pats on the back.


What to order: The fried chicken is a must. Like another famous fried chicken joint in Kentucky, it's made with a secret blend of herbs and spices, though this version far outshines the other. I also love the Greyhound's hot slaw, a mixture of cabbage and carrots cooked in a skillet and tossed with hot vinegar and mouthwatering chunks of bacon. And don't miss out on the famous onion rings, made with slices of sweet onion so thick that I'll bet the chef can only get two rings per onion. 

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Cinderella lives in Kentucky!
Rookie brewery claims 2024 Cincinnati's Favorite Beer title

April 6, 2024 
Winner winner, beer's for dinner! We started with 305 beers from 61 different breweries, and after nearly 56,000 votes, one beer rose above the rest to be crowned Cincinnati's Favorite Beer 2024. And just like Cincinnati's airport,
it has a Northern Kentucky address. 

It's a new dawn, it's a new day, it's No. 2 seed Crazy Norse (Barleycorn's Brewhouse) that steamrolled through the field for the W – and a whole year's worth of bragging rights.

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Covington Skyline moving to
recently shuttered Frisch’s location

April 10, 2024  
Just days after the Covington Frisch’s permanently closed, the vacant W. 5th Street building will have a brand new owner and tenant. It’s new tenant? Skyline Chili. 

One Holland Group, a Taylor Mill-based restaurant franchisee, is the owner and operator of the Covington Skyline. The company owns and manages various Skyline Chili, LaRosa’s, First Watch, Dunkin’ Donuts and Roy Rogers franchises across Northern Kentucky. One Holland CEO, Gary Holland, confirmed the news to LINK NKY over the phone.


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The Downs of Nicholson community, a ‘Keeneland-like’ development, is ‘self-contained,’ and underway

March 10th, 2023 
The plans for the Downs of Nicholson went through what could be a final revision, and those changes were approved by the Independence city council this week.

The approximate 30 acres that will be transformed into The Downs community is located where Taylor Mill road meets Route 16. The site is about a mile down the road from the LaRosa restaurant, which is also owned by entrepreneur and business owner Gary Holland.

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Barleycorn's Brewhouse Wins Best English Porter in Kentucky with

1842 Vanilla Porter

March 13, 2024   

Barleycorn's Brewhouse has been awarded Best English Porter in Kentucky for its 1842 Vanilla Porter at the 2023 Untappd Community Awards. This accolade comes from a field of nearly 9,000 breweries worldwide. The winning porter, crafted by Brewmaster Shane Trego, is infused with hints of Madagascan vanilla, enriching its profile with a sweet, aromatic presence alongside distinctive nutty, chocolate, and coffee notes.

The Untappd Community Awards aim to celebrate brewing excellence globally, placing Barleycorn's Brewhouse among the elite. Powered by the ratings of Untappd's nearly 11 million global beer enthusiasts, the awards honor the diversity and innovation of beer styles worldwide.

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February 19, 2024   

Frankfort welcomed a new addition to its community with the grand opening of Frankfort Dunkin', located at 151 Arrowhead Court.  The ribbon-cutting ceremony, held at 10 am, was attended by the Pro Tem Mayor of Frankfort, Kelly May, and the Franklin County HS Flyer Band led by Josh Toppass – Band Director. Also in attendance were representatives from One Holland and Dunkin' team members. As part of the celebration, a generous donation was presented to the Franklin County HS Flyer Band, underscoring the commitment to supporting local initiatives.

The morning was filled with excitement as the community came together to welcome Frankfort Dunkin'. Operating daily from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., the establishment offers convenient features such as a swift drive-thru, cozy indoor seating, and seamless mobile ordering.

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First Watch Features 'Jump Start' Menu with Regional Flavors

February 13, 2024   

First Watch's "Jump Start" menu, launched last month, offers a seasonal twist on breakfast and lunch classics, inspired by locales like Brooklyn and Mexico City. Available until March 17, 2024, at over 500 restaurants nationwide, the menu features standout dishes such as the Brooklyn Breakfast Sandwich, highlighting shaved pastrami on an everything-seasoned brioche bun, and the Barbacoa Chilaquiles Breakfast Bowl. This limited-time selection showcases First Watch's commitment to fresh, seasonal ingredients under its "Follow the Sun" ethos. With its innovative approach, the menu provides a cozy yet refreshing dining experience, embodying the chain's distinctive take on the culinary diversity of iconic food destinations.

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Fireplaces, heated patios, igloos: Eat, drink and be warm at these Lexington restaurants

February 12, 2024   

The first nominee is the Merrick Inn, the closest thing Lexington has to a cozy New England inn. This beloved spot is the epitome of comfort food — the kind your mom and grandma warmed up your insides with. If you’re looking for a meal that will stick to your ribs and fuel you for whatever outdoor activities you may have, here are three suggestions: the Kentucky Hot Brown; the Pecan Crusted Pork Tenderloin with Makers Mark apple chutney and maple chipotle butter, and the Southern fried chicken.


More importantly, the Merrick Inn has not one, but four fireplaces — a wood-burning one in the bar, and gas fireplaces in three of the dining rooms, quadrupling your chances of staying warm here.   Read More Here.

The Downs of Nicholson coming to life; major work in progress, Barleycorns expected to open in March ’25

February 5, 2024   Residents in the city of Independence have been excited about the upcoming opening of the Downs of Nicholson, a multi-use community project encompassing about 30 acres at the crossroads of US 16 and US 17. The site is about a mile down the road from the LaRosa restaurant, which is also owned by entrepreneur and business owner Gary Holland.

Some people have been a little impatient, since the new project was announced last March, but like all good things, it will be worth the wait.

“The Downs of Nicholson is an extraordinary opportunity for our company,” said Drew Holland, Director of Construction for One Holland, the company that is bringing the project to life. “It allows us to build a development in Independence that’s truly special, blending modern living with the classic beauty of Kentucky horse farms.”  
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One Holland's 16th Skyline Chili

Location Excited to Now be Serving

Richmond Kentucky.

November 14th, 2023   Richmond, are you ready for a taste of Cincinnati? As One Holland welcomes Skyline Chili to Richmond on Tuesday, November 14th by presenting a ceremonial check to the Madison Central High School Band, honoring the funds raised during the pre-opening friends and family event. 

Located at 2216 Lantern Ridge, sharing a parking lot with their First Watch, this dine-in and drive-thru restaurant will leave you craving Skyline Chili every day and become your new go-to spot. 

One Holland Excels at Best of NKY 2023 Awards: Greyhound Tavern Retains Coveted Best Restaurant Title

August 31st, 2023  One Holland restaurants have achieved remarkable success at the Best of NKY 2023 Awards, securing wins across multiple categories. Greyhound Tavern takes center stage by retaining the esteemed Best Restaurant title for the second consecutive year, underscoring its unwavering commitment to culinary excellence. Barleycorn's Lakeside Park maintains its impressive track record by claiming the Best Patio award, while all four Barleycorn's locations proudly share the Best Happy Hour accolade.

 With a tradition spanning more than a decade, the Best of NKY awards continue to spotlight the finest establishments in Northern Kentucky, as thousands of enthusiastic individuals participated in NKY Magazine's 2023 competition, highlighting the community's dedicated support for its local favorites.

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Richwood Dunkin' Celebrates Grand Opening as One Holland's 50th Location with Special Donation to Ryle High School Band

August 28th, 2023   The Grand Opening of Richwood Dunkin' marked a significant milestone as it became One Holland's 50th location. To celebrate, a generous donation was presented to the Ryle High School band. The morning commenced with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9 am, attended by local dignitaries from Boone County, the Mayor of Walton, Dunkin's mascot "Sprinkles," One Holland Company executives, and dedicated team members.

The event concluded on a harmonious note, as the Ryle High School band uplifted spirits by playing their fight song. Operating daily from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m, the new establishment, which proudly "Runs on Dunkin'," boasts convenient features such as a swift drive-thru, cozy indoor seating, and seamless mobile ordering to keep you running.

First Watch Opens Doors in Fern Creek, Serving More than Breakfast - Serving the Community

August 14th, 2023   A bright new addition graces the Fern Creek neighborhood of Louisville as First Watch opens its doors. Celebrating the occasion with a heartwarming gesture, a substantial donation was presented to the Noel Goodwin Charitable Fund. Local dignitaries, members of the charity, and the One Holland team gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony, where a symbolic giant check was handed over.

Situated at 10639 Fischer Park Dr, Louisville, KY 40241, First Watch offers a delectable menu of breakfast, brunch, and lunch, served daily from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The restaurant's revolving seasonal menu promises culinary delight, while its reputation soared in 2023, earning the title of the top restaurant brand in Yelp's inaugural list of the most-loved brands in the U.S. Renowned for their made-to-order dishes, First Watch crafts chef-driven interpretations of breakfast classics and exclusive creations like the Quinoa Power Bowl®, Farm Stand Breakfast Tacos, and Million Dollar Bacon.

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Roy Rogers in the 27 Hottest New Restaurants in Greater Cincinnati

August 8th, 2023   Western-themed fast-food chain Roy Rogers, named for the Cincinnati-born actor and cowboy, was highly anticipated ahead of its opening this past winter.

This historic franchise, founded in 1968, is known for items like fried chicken, roast beef sandwiches, and our iconic Double R Burger. We have also brought our famed "Fixin's bar" to Greater Cincinnati, allowing customers to top their burgers with our choice of condiments and veggies. 


Merrick Inn Excites Diners with the Introduction of Weekend Brunch

May 27th, 2023   Immerse yourself in the exquisite combination of Southern charm and fine dining as Merrick Inn unveils its latest addition to the menu: brunch.


Starting May 27th, indulge in beloved brunch classics every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm, all while reveling in the enchanting atmosphere of the recently renovated dining room. Join us at Merrick Inn to forge lasting memories over delectable cuisine and unparalleled moments that celebrate the art of brunch.

Covington Skyline Chili to reopen, NKY restaurant group takes over ownership

July 3rd, 2023   About three months after announcing its closure, the Covington Skyline Chili at the corner of 3rd and Philadelphia streets will remain open as One Holland Group takes over ownership, the company announced on Facebook.

“And to add to the celebration…Skyline franchisee Gary Holland of the One Holland Group is taking ownership of the store to keep 3rd & Philly open,” read the post.  Read More Here.


Merrick Inn reigns as the top choice for special occasions in Lexington!

January  27th, 2023   If you're in search of a new dining experience to commemorate your special moments, look no further than Merrick Inn, the reigning champion topping the list of highest-rated restaurants for special occasions in Lexington.  Read more here.

Roy Rogers fast-food chain opens in Cleves, first 50 customers received free food for a year

February 15th, 2023    Dozens of people in Cleves waited outside the new Roy Rogers location early Monday morning for the grand opening.

Only the first 50 people in line were lucky enough to win free food for a year.

This isn't the Western-themed fast-food chain's first time in Cleves. Read more here.

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The Downs of Nicholson community, a ‘Keeneland-like’ development, is ‘self-contained,’ and underway

March 10th, 2023  The plans for the Downs of Nicholson went through what could be a final revision, and those changes were approved by the Independence city council this week.

The Downs of Nicholson is designed to be a self-contained community, featuring 64 patio homes. There will be a sit-down restaurant, with a microbrewery in the same large building, and a gas station where there will be a grocery store. A Roy Rogers restaurant is also in the plans.  Read more here.

Customers wait outside overnight for grand opening of Louisville's first LaRosa's Pizza

January 23rd, 2023   A new pizza restaurant opened in a northeast Louisville suburb on Monday.

Several customers waited on the patio of LaRosa's Pizza at 10641 Fischer Park Drive overnight for the promise of free pizza. Only the first 50 in line got free pizza for a year. The first 200 people got a LaRosa's swag bag.

Many people who waited in line had emotional ties to LaRosa's. They say it's where their family would stop on trips and vacations to Cincinnati. Read more here.


Dunkin' delights Richmond, Ky with a new store opening!

December 12th, 2022  Dunkin' is now officially open in Richmond, KY, with a grand ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday at 10:00 am. The new eatery, located at 539 Leighway Drive, offers dine-in service, online ordering, and delivery through the Dunkin' app.


In support of the community, funds raised at the pre-opening event will be donated to the Madison Central Band.

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Legendary Greyhound Tavern unveils stunning remodel, preserving history and elevating dining experience

January 15th, 2023  Iconic Greyhound Tavern, with its rich history spanning over 100 years, is celebrating a remarkable milestone with a breathtaking remodel. The newly transformed interior showcases the quintessential southern charm that guests have come to love, while providing an enhanced dining experience that feels like home.

The elegant gold and white finishes are adorned with historic photos and articles that beautifully narrate the journey of what has been hailed as Kentucky's most legendary restaurant.

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Nicholasville gets popular Breakfast, Brunch and Lunch restaurant with opening of new First Watch in Brannon Crossing

December 19th, 2022  The newest Lexington area First Watch, located at 350 East Brannon Road in Brannon Crossing, is now open.  

First Watch is an award-winning Daytime Dining restaurant concept serving made-to-order breakfast, brunch and lunch using fresh ingredients. First Watch offers traditional favorites, such as pancakes, omelets, sandwiches and salads, alongside specialty items like the Quinoa Power Bowl®, Avocado Toast and the Chickichanga.

The newest Louisville neighborhood First Watch is now open in Springhurst!

December 12th, 2022  The newest Louisville area First Watch location has opened in the Springhurst Towne Center near the Gene Snyder Freeway.  

They will be serving the freshest breakfast, brunch, and lunch daily from 7am to 2:30pm.


Barleycorn's Brewhouse opens in former Wilder firehouse

August 16th, 2022  The brewery official opened Aug. 16 and will ultimately have a five-barrel brewhouse with additional 30-barrel fermentation capacity, allowing for 700 barrels to be brewed annually beginning in 2023.

“As we look to the future, we wanted to honor the nearly 50-year-old Barleycorn’s legacy and the city of Wilder’s proud heritage,” said Dillon Adams, president of One Holland. “Renovating and repurposing the old fire station into a comfortable, yet stylish brewhouse with a great restaurant does just that.”  Read more here.


Barleycorn’s Brewhouse opens in former Northern Kentucky fire station

August 19th, 2022  Barleycorn's Brewhouse opened in the Northern Kentucky city's former fire station, located at 402 Licking Pike, this week. One Holland Restaurant Group owns the brewery, as well as three Barleycorn's sports bars in Cold Spring, Florence and Lakeside Park. Barleycorn's Brewhouse is the brand's first brewery.

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Greyhound Tavern earns top 10 Spot among Cincinnati's best brunch spots, according to CityBeat readers!

April 7th, 2023  In the annual Best Of Cincinnati® rankings by CityBeat, Greyhound Tavern has been recognized as one of the city's premier brunch destinations. The esteemed accolade, based on the opinions of readers and staff, helps guide families in their quest for the perfect brunch spot.


Whether you're craving chicken and waffles or classic plates adorned with bacon, eggs, and toast, Greyhound Tavern delivers a delightful dining experience that caters to all.


Merrick Inn reopens after renovations

April 22nd, 2023   After being closed for renovations since New Year’s Eve 2022, an iconic restaurant is back with more dining space and a new brunch menu on the way. Merrick Inn, located at 1074 Merrick Dr., is housed in a pre-Civil War building that once served as a manor house for a successful Thoroughbred horse farm.


The goal of the remodel was to retain the building’s charm and unique history while making needed updates, Behrens said, beginning with a full kitchen remodel. While new chandeliers and carpeting were installed in public areas, the team prioritized maintaining the same comfortable and classic ambiance that the restaurant has always had. Read more here.

Dunkin' opens doors to Georgetown community, supporting local band in grand fashion

May  15th, 2023  Georgetown, get ready for a Dunkin' extravaganza as the highly anticipated opening takes place on Monday, May 15th, at 6:00 am. The celebration continues with an official ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:00 am, where Dunkin' will present a ceremonial check to the Scott County Cardinal Band, honoring the funds raised during the pre-opening friends and family event.

Located at 105 Crosswinds Center Path, the expansive 2,000 plus-square-foot eatery will offer a range of services to satisfy all preferences. Dine-in and drive-thru options will be available, along with convenient online ordering, no-contact pick-up, and delivery through the Dunkin' app.

Dunkin' pledges to serve its full menu seven days a week, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., while also providing customers with complimentary Wi-Fi access. 

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Nostalgic restaurant Roy Rogers opening first NKY location

May 18th, 2022  A local restaurateur who is reviving the Roy Rogers brand in Cincinnati has selected the spot for its first Northern Kentucky restaurant.

One Holland Corp., owner of several restaurant franchises as well as Barleycorn's and the Greyhound Tavern, is building its first Northern Kentucky Roy Rogers in Florence as part of new construction that will pair the Western-themed burger restaurant with a Dunkin. 

  Read more here.


First Watch opens at Holiday Manor, the popular brunch restaurant's 6th Louisville location

August 1st, 2022  First Watch opened a new location Monday in Holiday Manor next to Kroger on US 42.

The sixth First Watch in the Louisville area, this new breakfast and lunch spot is 4,200 square feet and features two patios equipped with heaters and fans for outside dining most of the year.  Read more here.

One Holland Restaurant Group was voted as one of the 2022 Best Workplaces in NKY.

April 4th, 2022  One Holland Corporation, a restaurant group based in Taylor Mill, has seen tremendous growth since its founding in 2000. Started by CEO Gary Holland, One Holland began with just one restaurant. Today, it includes 39 restaurants and continues to grow. According to Holland, the corporation’s primary focus is on “guest satisfaction through serving quality food, providing hospitable service and building first-class facilities.

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For more than a century, this restaurant has put the 'Kentucky' in Northern Kentucky

March 22, 2022  You know what I really like about the Greyhound, though? It's that it puts the "Kentucky" in Northern Kentucky with its excellent versions of Southern classics such as fried green tomatoes, country ham and the classic hot brown. We here in Cincinnati tend to overlook all the culinary contributions the Bluegrass State has made to the world, but the Greyhound honors them and gives them a big warm hug. 

  Read more here.

Northern Kentucky-based One Holland Restaurant Group named First Watch’s 2021 Franchisee of Year

Jan 8th, 2022  “First Watch has an exceptional franchise community – all of whom do an incredible job maintaining the high level of operational excellence we are known for delivering. Gary Holland and the team at Bluegrass consistently execute at the highest levels and meet or exceed our expectations in all areas of the business from their focus on developing strong leaders from within, their high customer satisfaction scores and their strong financial results,” said Chris Tomasso, First Watch President and CEO.

  Read more here.

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One Holland Restaurant Group buys Barleycorns, keeping management, employees and tradition

Dec 10, 2021  Barleycorns, which for nearly 50 years has been the region’s favorite neighborhood sports bar and grill, has been sold to Taylor Mill-based One Holland Restaurant Group in a joining of two of Northern Kentucky’s most recognizable and successful restaurant operators.

The restaurant entrepreneur bringing Roy Rogers back just bought Barleycorn's

Dec 9th, 2021  The restaurant group responsible for bringing the Roy Rogers chain back to Greater Cincinnati announced Thursday it has also acquired Barleycorn's, a popular Northern Kentucky sports bar. 

Taylor Mill-based One Holland Restaurant Group, which has expanded to own multiple locations of Skyline Chili, LaRosa's Pizzeria, and Dunkin' among others, said in a news release that the purchase was a natural fit. 


Roy Rogers restaurants returning to Cincinnati

Oct 14th, 2021  One Holland Corp. restaurant group CEO and founder Gary Holland fondly recalls the local lore that Roy Rogers himself was born in downtown Cincinnati in a house that was later torn down to make room for Riverfront Stadium, home to the Cincinnati Reds and Bengals for 30 years. Legend has it that the Rogers' home eventually became second base at Riverfront. He describes Roy Rogers Restaurants as an iconic brand that will be warmly welcomed back to Greater Cincinnati.

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Long-time Lexington fine-dining icon is about to go through a historic change. 

October 13, 2021  Merrick Inn, a traditional and popular Lexington fine-dining fixture for more than 45 years, is changing hands. Jennifer and Bobby Murray, who have owned and operated the venerable restaurant on the former Thoroughbred farm, are selling the business to One Holland Restaurant Group.

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More pay isn't helping some Central KY employers fill jobs.

June 25, 2021  Besides increasing everyone’s pay and providing additional bonuses, Holland implemented a tuition reimbursement program that pays up to $5,200 a year for employees attending college. In the past, he said the company hired people at a starting wage of $10 to $12 an hour. Now, he said, “we don’t even bat an eye paying them $14, $15, $16” when an applicant interviewed is clearly “a people person.”  Read more here.

'First Watch' now hiring for new restaurant in Georgetown.

April 26, 2021  A popular breakfast, brunch and lunch restaurant chain is now hiring as it plans to take over the space previously occupied by Ruby Tuesday’s off I-75 in Georgetown, according to One Holland Corporation.

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Greyhound Tavern listed as KY's "Most Legendary Restaurant" in national profile.

February 2, 2021  "I grew up loving the Greyhound, I always knew that it was special, but I had no idea just how special," Holland said. "The loyalty of the customers is amazing. We turn 100 years old next month, and to see the following the Greyhound has had for so many years is truly incredible." 

 Read more here.

Lexington Pizza Week is here.  Here is the menu of special pies you can try for $6.

November 17, 2020   Big Bleu Cheese: Ranch dressing, medium wing sauce, onions, jalapenos, chicken, provolone, blue cheese crumbles and bacon. Skyline Chili Pizza: Skyline Chili topped with a mound of shredded cheddar cheese baked on LaRosa’s traditional crust. You can also ask for mustard and onions.  Read more here.

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Iconic Northern Kentucky restaurant Greyhound Tavern sold to One Holland.

November 10,  2020   The Wainscotts called Holland, 49, a prime example of the American dream who started One Holland 20 years ago with one Skyline Chili location and a love for the restaurant business.  Holland has grown his company into multiple locations of Skyline Chili, LaRosa’s Pizzeria, First Watch, and Dunkin restaurants in Northern Kentucky, Greater Cincinnati, Louisville, and Lexington.  Read more here.

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