Disclaimer: This blog post reflects my personal opinion and I am a bit biased but with that said, here we go:
We arrived at Lachey’s Bar at 10:40 (it opened at 11) and were a little nervous that there was no line or crowd. But we saw people and news cameras inside. About a minute later, we were greeted and invited in. So, we sat in the first booth to the left of the door. Since we had already been inside, we didn’t have an overwhelming need to explore the place. The menus were paper and doubled as placemats. Our waitress (sorry I don’t remember her name and I truly meant to remember but she was great! I do remember she had gray nails that we talked about them matching the color of the walls) came and greeted us and I nervously welcomed her. Yes, I was excited and awkward. We ordered drinks and tried to decide on food. Me telling my friends of the items that Brian Duffy (IG: chefbriduff) and Jon Price (IG: chefjonprice) had already instagrammed. It all looked so delicious in the pics. I had already decided on a Cubano (and to be honest, I had no idea what a Cubano was before I saw it on IG but it looked so good). Drew tweeted it was 15 minutes to opening to which I responded with “we’re already inside, where are YOU?!”. We ordered our food and a reporter from Fox 19 came and talked to us. He asked if we had any celebrity sightings. Nope, not yet. Where is DREW!?! When our food came, the reporter from WCPO came and videoed a little by our table. He didn’t even speak to us, it was strange. The food looked great! I instagrammed all my food (if you’re interested, my IG is: Emmieleigh77 ). And that Cubano was just as delicious as it looked like it would be! It was soon after that, that we met Kayla (twitter @kayjdunn ) for the first time. I’m not even sure what Kayla’s job (she says: bartender, server, badass) is but she came over to fill up our water glasses and we started talking and she was incredibly sweet. She was telling us about filming for the tv show and how much fun the food tastings had been. I asked if Drew was coming (I couldn’t help myself) – she went on to tell us that he would be around as often as possible and that he lived in Cincy (she had no idea of my extensive Drew knowledge yet!) and that she was sure he’d be around eventually. The place was starting to get busy and it was already seeming to be a wait for a table before we left. We could tell there was a few minor glitches they were working through as every place would on its first day but every single staff member was smiling and taking it all in stride.
We next headed back when Drew tweeted. The place was packed and we heard that there was an hour and a half wait for a table. We really wanted to just say hi and congratulate Drew. As we were coming in, Drew waved, he was on the phone and with his family. We stood off to the side and waited and he came over and hugged us and we told him how great the place is and he asked what we ordered and how the food was. We told him about being interviewed for the news and he told us he was too. He also told us merchandise was now for sale. We had no idea and didn’t think to ask when we were in the first time. We talked for a bit and he went back to his family. He said he’d be back later and we had already decided we were coming back too. We talked to his lovely wife, Lea, for a moment too. Lea also asked what we ate and what we thought of the food. Then we chatted up Justin for a moment and met Bob Deck. The place was booming when we left for the second time.
Our third time back was a little after 8 and the Ohio State game had started and it was crowded. We were told it was a hour and a half wait for a table. We ordered a couple of beers and hung out. At some point, Kayla noticed us and told us we missed Drew. We told her we did come back to see him and we chatted a bit. The manager, Lance, came and checked up on us several times and told us that most people weren’t leaving because of the Ohio state game and that he would sit us on the stage if he had extra chairs (he was serious but we really didn’t want to sit on the DJ stage!). We kept telling him that we were good. One major thing I noticed was the staff were all still smiling! Finally, we got seated and our waitress, Jenna, greets us and says “y’all were here earlier, right?”. Yep. We kept hearing we needed to try the tots so we ordered two different types of tots and of course, they were fantastic! We saw Jon Price walk by so we decided to grab him for a moment and let him know how good the food was. He looked exhausted and we knew it had been a crazy busy first day. Then, we talked food with Justin too. And in true me fashion, I asked if he knew when Drew was coming back. He says “Ohhh, he’s back”. This time, I ordered the “Hair of the Dog” burger – it has goetta and a fried egg on it. Goetta is a Cincy thing that I tried back on my birthday trip and I absolutely LOVED it. It was really good but I had only a couple of bites before I was full since I had ate so many tots. So, I asked for a box. Jenna tells us we are the talk of the staff. We’re all a little embarrassed. Me especially since I was careful not to blast my blog or that I have more pictures with Drew in the last 2 years than with my boyfriend. She says it was not a bad thing. We also chatted with Kayla again before paying our tabs and taking our beers to head over to the other side where Drew was. When we got over to Drew’s side, he was with Justin and other friends and stood up to talk with us. I joked about almost stealing a pen since it had the logo and then wanting to steal a glass with the logo. He said that Nick was checking in frequently and we all knew Nick wanted to be there but with Vanessa being due any day, he couldn’t leave LA. I told him that Brian Duffy was also checking in with IG comments. We took pictures with him and discussed food and purse hooks (the bar had purse hooks, Lea’s idea, Drew says). He told us merchandise should be on the website in about a week and that in February they’ll be open for lunch every day. My friends had to work in the morning and I had a long drive in the morning so we got hugs and headed out around 11:30.
Definitely recommend trying it out and ya never know if you’ll run into Drew there and even if you don’t…the delicious food and fantastic staff and TVs all around are plenty of reasons to go all on their own!!
Today, it was announced that Lachey’s will officially open on January 1st. This evening, December 19, 2014, is a ribbon cutting ceremony at 4 PM and rumor has it that the Mayor of Cincinnati, John Cranley, is going to be on hand to declare it “Lachey Day”.
Drew and Nick were on Q102 this afternoon and talked about their experience with going in the bar business and how long they’ve wanted to accomplish this. Drew says they are most excited for the public to see the women’s bathroom!! They said they didn’t want it to feel like a regular old sports bar so they went over the top to make the women’s bathroom very nice complete with a lounge and tv!!!
They also said they have wine on tap, a 90 inch TV at the door, and a kitchen that makes everything from scratch with amazing food by executive chef, Brian Duffy. They want everyone to know they make a mean mojito and they will be around as much as their schedules allow!
Here’s an article about the opening:
Last week, Chef Brian Duffy instagrammed a preview of a menu with “Menu process!!! Get ready @nicklachey &@thedrewlachey !! This place is gonna be awesome!! #duffified #foodacrossthenation”. I immediately asked for clarification (which he didn’t respond to) but was really excited at the thought of Brian Duffy working with Drew and Nick for Lachey’s Bar; I recognized his name from the show “Bar Rescue” and recalled him as a great help to many bars on that show!
Then, some jobs were posted for Lachey’s and 4EG is saying that they are hiring for ALL positions! You can check them out and apply HERE . 4EG’s site confirms that Chef Brian Duffy is indeed putting together the menu AND the bar is scheduled to open in December! Who else thinks a December road trip is in order?!?!