Johnny Rockets unveiled a new restaurant design and custom menu options in Cincinnati's highly anticipated 18-acre development, The Banks. A grand opening celebration, with drawings, giveaways, samplings, and specials will take place in conjunction with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct. 27. Johnny Rockets CEO, John Fuller; Cincinnati franchise owners, Rick and Sharon Thompson; and local dignitaries and business leaders will be on-hand for the festivities that begin at 4:30 p.m.
"The creative process of integrating local sports and tastes into the restaurant's design and menu has been an exciting venture," Fuller says. "As our company continues to grow, we realize how important it is to customize our decor and offerings to what each venue demands. Johnny Rockets at The Banks is yet another demonstration of how we can transform our classic restaurant concept into one that easily blends with a dynamic, upscale, and very contemporary environment."
Rick Thompson, local Johnny Rockets franchise owner and operator of The Banks location, says, "As a local, I know that The Banks is transforming downtown, and as part of that, we know that sports fans, visitors, and locals want a timeless dining experience that is uniquely Cincinnati."
Located on the Ohio River between Paul Brown Stadium and the Great American Ball Park, the full-service restaurant features an outdoor patio, a walk-up order window, and to-go licenses for both food and alcohol. The storefront features Johnny Rockets' logo set inside a giant baseball, while athletic sports graphics adorn inside walls and are included on team members' jersey uniforms, serve ware, and decor.
New menu items exclusive to the location include Dusty's Bacon Burger and the Lotta Domata Hamburger, created in honor of Reds' manager, Dusty Baker, and Bengals' defensive tackle, Domata Peko. Johnny Rockets will donate a portion of the proceeds from these Hamburgers to charities selected by the two celebrities.
Other menu items exclusive to the location include starters such as Banks Shanks, Fried Pickles, Fresh Cooked Potato Chips, and Spiral Pass Potatoes. The restaurant also offers an extensive dine-in or takeout breakfast menu with homemade Swiss Oatmeal and Vanilla Cinnamon French Toast, along with uniquely flavored espresso drinks on the Java and Joes menu. The Fumblerooski, Squeeze Play, and Rocket Fuel have been added to the sports bar's signature drink list and five new ShakeTinis– including the Orange Dreamsicle, Ghirardelli Chocolate Mudslide, Strawberry Banana, Framboise Black Raspberry, and the Tennessee–join the bar menu as well. In addition to the classic fare and drinks, guests can watch sports on HD-TVs, located throughout the space.
The 2,950-square-foot restaurant is located at 191 E. Freedom Way in The Banks complex, adjacent to the Reds Hall of Fame, and is open daily from 7–2 a.m. This is the sixth Johnny Rockets in Ohio and marks Thompson's third restaurant, with his other locations in Cincinnati's Kenwood Towne Center and Newport on the Levee in Newport, Kentucky.