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  • Out to Eat: Firehouse Grill

    April 26, 2012

    Metromix

    The atmosphere: Blue Ash resident Bob Davis had the goal of reviving a location that was known for good food and a good atmosphere and he’s done just that with the Firehouse Grill.
    The former firefighter has created a modern, relaxing environment inside the restaurant that fits a family meal, a business lunch or a quiet date night.

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  • Casual Classics with a Gourmet Twist at the Firehouse Grill

    November 2, 2011

    The American Isrealite

    Combine a talented chef, a “grand” location, a personal vision and you have the formula for Firehouse Grill’s early success. Only six months old, but this “baby” can fly. Molly Davis, marketing director and co-owner with her husband Bob, a former fire fighter, touted the unique amenities of the restaurant: “Our huge capacity — including an outdoor patio that can seat 220 people, an indoor area for 300 more, our eclectic menu and our wonderful chef and his “family” in the kitchen.” She added, “The Grill exceeded our expectations. Who opens a restaurant in this economy, especially without a restaurant background?” Molly and Bob were committed to their vision and quick learners

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  • Greater Cincinnati's Best New Restaurants

    May 15, 2011

    Cincy Magazine

    THE FIREHOUSE GRILL
    Opened in March
    4785 Lake Forest Drive
    Blue Ash, OH 45242
    (513) 733-FIRE (3473)
    www.firehousegrillcincinnati.com
    The Scoop: Opened by Blue Ash resident and former firefighter Bob Davis, this 12,000-square-foot upscale-casual restaurant features a pub-like ambience with a huge outdoor patio that includes a fireplace overlooking a pond. The menu features gourmet pizzas and signature burgers.
    Signature Dish: Backdraft Burger — Ground sirloin or grilled chicken breast, jalapeños, chilies, Monterey jack, guacamole, bacon, $9.

  • Casual Menu perfectly timed at new Firehouse Grill in Blue Ash

    May 21, 2011

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    If I were to save one menu to put in a 2011 time capsule, I would choose the one I ordered from recently at Firehouse Grill in Blue Ash. It doesn’t represent fine dining’s cutting edge, but it does reflect almost perfectly what goes on customers’ plates in casual restaurants all over the city these days.
    This is a hall-of-fame list, created through several decades of trial-by-customer. But it’s also updated with touches that reflect what’s going on right now in the food world.
    So it’s not an original menu, but you can’t deny its popularity, and the food is well-executed, and service is surprisingly good for such a large, busy place.
    A month after opening, the restaurant was filled on a Friday night, which takes some doing. It’s the former Watson Bros., more recently Apsara, and it’s a vast, blank slate. There’s a large open bar in the middle of the main room, another room full of bar-height tables, another that could host a private event. It’s all bright and clean, and there are lots of wide-screen TVs.
    Outside, it was a little nippy, and the huge patio wasn’t full. When it’s warmer, this is a top-notch outdoor eating location. The cars on Reed-Hartman Highway seem far away, across a sweeping lawn and one of those small suburban lakes. Occasionally, a plane flies by with a surprisingly gentle whooshing sound to land at the nearby Blue Ash Airport.

    The appetizer list is exactly what makes crowds happy in 2011: wings, of course; fried dill pickles; which have spread up from the South over the last 10 years or so; spinach and artichoke dip, a home recipe that is practically a casual restaurant requirement.
    We tried the baked pretzel sticks ($6.95), which were warm and salty and came with a bland beer cheese. The beer list is much better than it would have been even five years ago, and the cactus pear margarita I had was practically a trendy craft cocktail, made with real pear juice and delicious.
    Fifteen years ago, the Firelight summer salad which includes strawberries and goat cheese, would have been avant-garde in this setting. Now it’s mainstream, especially when the goat cheese is in tiny crumbles, and bacon bits are added. I like the not-too-sweet dressing. The iceberg wedge salad with bleu cheese, bacon and tomato, is on its second tour through America’s menus. This one needed a little more bleu cheese.
    Of course there are burgers ($8.95) and pizza ($8.95-$9.95 for a personal size). But because it’s 2011, the patties are house-ground sirloin and several variations on the theme are offered, such as the Cowboy and the Cruncher with smoked gouda, firehouse chips, pickle and garlic aioli; and pizza with mashed potatoes or barbecue chicken. There are wraps, which first appeared in the mid-’90s and became entrenched during the low-carb phase.
    Meat loaf ($13.95) first started reappearing on restaurant menus as glammed-up retro comfort food in perhaps the early ’90s. Here, it’s stacked on grilled French bread, topped with mashed potatoes and a tower of onion rings. I liked the meat loaf itself, sliced and grilled so it has a couple of textures going on, and the garlicky mashed potatoes with tomato gravy that works much better than a brown gravy.
    There always has to be a rich pasta dish. Firehouse’s is shrimp carbonara ($14.95) with bacon cream, capicola, peas and roasted red peppers tossed with penne.
    Guess what’s for dessert? That’s right: Key lime pie, crème brulee and molten chocolate lava cake representing the ’80s through the ’00s. The lava cake ($5.95) is a total winner; rich, chocolatey and gooey. Then there’s a choice I haven’t seen on other menus: A lemon cake ($5.95) layered with berries and mascarpone. It’s good, too. Maybe in this case, it will start a trend.

    Where: 4785 E. Lake Forest Drive, Blue Ash
    When: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday (brunch 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.)
    Reservations: For parties of eight or more
    Prices: Appetizers $6.95-$9.95; sandwiches $7.95-$9.95; entrées $13.95-$20.95
    Vegetarian choices: Good, several appetizers, salads, veggie burger, pizza, side items
    Miscellaneous: Accessible to disabled; outdoor dining; deck over pond in works; occasional live entertainment; private party rooms.
    Contact: 513-733-3473 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              513-733-3473      end_of_the_skype_highlighting, www.firehousegrillcincinnati.com

  • Just Opened

    May 2, 2011

    Eastside Vibe

    Blue Ash’s new Firehouse Grill recently opened in a building that has been a revolving door of restaurants. The space is beautiful, the patio is awesome, the decor is cool and the bar is big enough to handle just about any crowd. It’s always been beautiful but neither Garcia’s, Watson Bros. Brewery nor Apsara could figure out how to please their patrons and hang on for more than a few years.
    Firehouse is the brain child of a local ex-firefighter Bob Davis. He and his wife Molly have fond memories of hanging out on the patio on summer nights. They, along with investors re-opened the vacant space and hope to bring new life to the seemingly cursed location.
    One factor in any Blue Ash restaurant is the fact that after 5 pm, the whole place is a ghost town. This is a day time lunch business town. Considering that, I was surprised Firehouse doesn’t serve any entrees until after 4pm. That bummed me out because I came there in the hopes of trying the meatloaf, but instead I had to choose from sandwiches, wraps, salads, a couple pastas and pizza. The “Back Draft burger” $8.95 featured house ground sirloin (or grilled chicken breast), jalapenos, chilies, melted Monterey jack, guacamole and bacon for $8.95. My co-conspirator had her heart set on the Pan Seared Atlantic Salmon with basil pesto, roasted tomato chutney with wild mushroom risotto ($16.95), but as we were too early she went with a tweaked to veggie Battalion Italian pizza (pepperoni, capicola ham, spicy Italian sausage, banana peppers, mozzarella and provolone $9.95). We were able to order the risotto so that accompanied.

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  • Campbell's Scoop: The Firehouse Grill

    March 6, 2011

    www.cincinnati.com

    The large restaurant at the corner of Glendale-Milford Rd.  and Reed Hartman Highway in Blue Ash will re-open on March 16 as The Firehouse Grill.
    The restaurant has been Garcia’s, Watson Bros. Brewery and Apsara. Now Bob Davis, who’s new to the restaurant world, along with  local investors, is opening it with a name that refers to his former career as a firefighter. His wife Molly, a marketing professional, says their impetus was memories of warm summer evenings spent out on the patio.

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  • Firehouse Grill Set For Blue Ash

    January 21, 2011

    The Business Courier

    Restaurant to take over 12,000 square feet in former Apsara, Watson Bros. Bistro space


    The massive Blue Ash space that most recently housed the Asian restaurant Apsara will soon be home to the “upscale casual” Firehouse Grill.
    Molly Davis, director of marketing for Firehouse Grill, said the owners are hoping to open the restaurant and sports bar in time for the NCAA basketball tournament.
    “The building has an amazing patio and the interior space is great for entertaining,” Davis said. “We’re ready for the chance to make it great again.”

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THE FIREHOUSE GRILL

4785 Lake Forest Dr.
Cincinnati, OH 45242 513-733-FIRE (3473)

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