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I’m unable to go on my regular vacation this year, so have planned to take one day a week through the month of September to go with my daughter to a nice restaurant for lunch and then on to some antique store browsing.

Both the restaurant and antique mall I chose this week are old favorites and both are housed in early 1900s buildings nestled in historic neighborhoods.

GRAND FINALE RESTAURANT
We’ve been going to the Grand Finale Restaurant since it opened in l975.  It’s located in a beautiful, old community called Glendale (Cincinnati) and the building started out in the early 1900s as a saloon, and then from 1928 to 1970 was a corner market.  The building is sedate even on a busy corner…..
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…with lovely Victorian décor throughout a large dining room and patio area.  Our table looked out on a small, lush garden, one of my daughter’s favorite spots.

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The staff is excellent as is the food – starting with salad and hot rolls.

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My daughter ordered our #1 favorite on the menu, Chicken Ginger with Spinach Crepe.

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This time, I decided to try their Chicken Potpie with Puff Pastry Topping.

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It was perfect.

VENICE ANTIQUE MALL
After lunch, we drove about 30 minutes to Ross, Ohio, to check out the antique store.  It’s housed in an early 1900s building which was the entertainment center for the surrounding neighborhood which is still rural.  Until the late 1940s, there was a restaurant (with chicken dinners) on the first floor, bowling alleys in the basement, and a huge dancing pavilion on the second floor.

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Now, every floor and every nook and cranny is filled with antiques.  The outside of the building looks very similar to the way it looked in the 1920s.

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It was a lovely visit to a great old store and I even found a little piece of 1930s-40s era ovenware to add to my Dutch collection.
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