We’ve heard really great things about Mullane’s Parkside Cafe, which used to be downtown [Piatt Park, I think], but it closed years ago, before we moved to Cincinnati. Did you know that Ellen, who used to work there, has been working to reopen the place on Race St., facing Washington Park? Obviously, I don’t know how much the new place will be like the old one.
What I do know is that the new Mullane’s is offering a prix fixe preview dinner next Friday night, which will be a great chance to check out all the work that Ellen has put into rehabbing her storefront, and to sample her menu. There will also be live music and tarot card readings. The cost is $40/person. If you’re interested, RSVP to the Facebook event by Mon 26 Jul, and Ellen will then direct you to pay via PayPal.
Here’s what I can tell you about the new Mullane’s space — back when I was a corporately employed designer, I had the pleasure of art directing AntiCraft: Knitting, Beading and Stitching for the Slightly Sinister by Renee Rigdon and Zabet Stewart. The talented Al Parrish was my photographer, and Leslie Brinkley and I collaborated on the styling, which was a rare opportunity to be really outlandish. Cass Brake provided the hair and makeup, which was similarly over the top. This is one of the most fun projects I’ve ever worked on, and it all happened in what has since become Mullane’s space.
Although we brought tons of gear with us to the shoot, including hella extension cords as the place had no electricity, the space was already perfect for the photographs. This red paint splash was on the window, waiting for this very photo:
CityKin‘s old Vespa:
The creepy stairs to the basement:
A couple of shots in the stairwell, this one featuring our version of a Vargas girl:
Joe Wessels‘ old sofa:
If you have fond memories of the old Mullane’s, you can become a Mullane’s fan on Facebook, and RSVP to the prix fixe dinner. Just remember to RSVP by this Monday to reserve your spot. I’ll be attending with Al Parrish, my date for the evening.
I don’t know anything about the menu, but you’ll at least be impressed by the extent to which Ellen and company have managed to transform this space. I’m glad that I have these photos as a reminder of how much has been done in this storefront over the past year and a half. The hard work is really inspiring, and I’m looking forward to this preview of the restaurant itself.