The Once and Future Mullane’s Parkside Cafe

AntiCraft: Knitting, Beading and Stitching for the Slightly Sinister

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.

AntiCraft: Knitting, Beading and Stitching for the Slightly Sinister

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:

AntiCraft: Knitting, Beading and Stitching for the Slightly Sinister

CityKin‘s old Vespa:

AntiCraft: Knitting, Beading and Stitching for the Slightly Sinister

The creepy stairs to the basement:

AntiCraft: Knitting, Beading and Stitching for the Slightly Sinister

A couple of shots in the stairwell, this one featuring our version of a Vargas girl:

AntiCraft: Knitting, Beading and Stitching for the Slightly Sinister

Joe Wessels‘ old sofa:

AntiCraft: Knitting, Beading and Stitching for the Slightly Sinister

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.

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7 thoughts on “The Once and Future Mullane’s Parkside Cafe

  1. Those photos are AMAZING!!!

    When I moved to Cincinnati we lived in the Groton right across the street from Mullane’s and every time we left the apartment we’d say we need to try it sometime and a month or so later it was gone.

    Can’t wait to try the new place.

  2. The old Mullane’s was highly valued for the large selection of meatless items at a reasonable price. I hope that will be a feature of the new shop.

  3. Maya; beautiful pics, Al, and Maya!!
    thanks for the shot out!!! Can’t wait to see you all at the dinner!!!
    Ellen
    Mullane’s Parkside Cafe’

  4. I’m really looking forward to the dinner! The menu has just been announced:

    Carnivores:
    Appetizer: 2 pan seared sea scallops served atop julienned cucumbers and carrots with a sesame soy sauce served with a dollop of wasabi
    Salad: Bibb lettuce topped with red grapes, apples, cranberries, and bleu cheese with a balsamic vinaigrette dressing
    Entre’: Pork Loin medallions served with Mushrooms, onions, and asparagus served over Brown rice
    Dessert: Watermelon, and Cantalope Salad with lemon Thyme, and served with Madisono’s Lime Sherbet

    Veggie Option:
    Appetizer: Artichoke hearts will be substituted for the sea scallops
    Entre’: Portobella Mushrooms will be substituted for the Pork Loin Medallions

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