The Greyhound Tavern (originally the Dixie Tea Room) was built in 1921. The two original rooms are still occupied today and are referred to as the "Tavern Room" and the "Hunt Room." Johnny Hauer was the first owner and operated the Dixie Tea Room as an ice cream parlor, and sold other notions of various assortments. The Dixie Tea Room was conveniently located at the "End of the Line" where streetcars completed their journey south, make the big turn, and headed back to Cincinnati.
In the '30s, Al Frisch purchased the business and renamed it The Greyhound Grill in honor of his brother Benny, who was a successful greyhound dog trainer in Florida. Al's sister Irene and mother Mary did the cooking, which included homemade ice cream, soups, and their famous "Chicken" and "Jack Salmon" setups, which sold for 50 cents.
The ice cream parlor was eventually eliminated, the bar relocated to its present location, and a beer garden with a lively juke box added for guests' entertainment. Along with these changes, emerged the "world-famous" onion rings, juicy burgers, and double-deckers for diners' enjoyment.
Most recently, the Grill has become the "Tavern" with many changes, not only to the building, but to the menu as well. Today, the Greyhound Tavern is still well known for its traditional favorites, but it has also become a prime spot for chops, steaks, seafood, and other specialties prepared by the chef and his staff.
Truly, the Greyhound Tavern is a Fort Mitchell landmark! Come and enjoy your visit with us, and please feel free to browse around to see what has happened during the last century!
"Best Traditional American Cuisine"Cincinnati Magazine
"Best Casual Dining"Cincinnati Magazine
"Lord of the Onion Rings"The Cincinnati Enquirer
"Best Fish Sandwich"The Cincinnati Enquirer
"Best Hot Brown"Cincinnati Magazine
"Best "Family" Brunch"Cin Weekly
"Best Fried Chicken"Cincinnati Magazine
"Best Family Fare"Cincinnati Magazine
"Best Comfort Food"Cincinnati Magazine