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[*]a few months back, Sarku Japan in the Eastgate mall closed up, leaving only the Florence Mall location here in Cincinnati.� Just recently, though, the Eastgate location has reopened as "Kihi Japan" with a virtually identical menu, prices, and setup. I cant find them online so I suspect this is a single proprietor "copycat" type operation.� Tried it today and it was near as I can tell identical (except the carrots are grated rather than sliced, which I found more to my liking) to Sarku, which is great news[*]Taco Casa is opening a new location next to the Arby's in Norwood.� I don't know the opening date[*]Marcella's Doughnuts, with an original location in Amelia, opened a second location late last year on Clough near Mt Carmel Tabasco Road in the same strip mall where Papa John's is.� Why I haven't spotted it til now is a mystery to me, as I drive by there all the time.� I got the wife a yeast dougnut topped with chocolate, caramel, and toasted coconut because she loves girl scout's cookies samoas, which have those same toppings, and she pronounced it the best doughnut she has ever had.� I'm not too big on doughnuts myself but I think we have a winner :-)[*]I have been out to Zona Vip and the impression I was left with is very similar to dlawson's. I found the empanada and arepa I tried to be very very bland.� I really liked the basic arepa (3.00) itself – it was clearly handmade and grilled/griddled to order, and had a nice fresh corn taste and a pleasing texture, but the filling desperately cried out for seasoning.� Even just a little salt and pepper would have helped a lot.� The empanadas are so small that even at 2.00 I think they are overpriced.� Nonetheless I will make at least one more stop there to try one of their entrees and/or a burger as this is exactly the kind of place I want to see succeed �[*]I drove by the new Roney's building, which is fairly near the Quaker Steak and Lube in Milford, and they have the wooden framework up, but not a lot more.� I will be surprised if they are open by mid-summer.� I think Fall is a better bet.� I hope I am wrong, as I am craving those roast beef sandwiches mightily
That second Marcella's is about a mile from our house, and we've tried it a couple of times. Everything we've had there has been outstanding.
I didn't know that was a second location. It's going to be tough to make it work in that spot but I wish them the best.