Thunderdome Signs Lease for Corner Space in 3CDC’s Foundry Development

Posted on July 13, 2023 by jrudemiller

Thunderdome Opening Yet-to-be-Named “American Brasserie” Concept Later this Year

CINCINNATI (July 13, 2023) – Cincinnati’s Thunderdome Restaurant Group has signed a lease for a restaurant space at one of the most pivotal corners in Downtown Cincinnati – the intersection of Fifth and Vine streets. Located at 501 Vine Street, the 4,800-square-foot eatery will join Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse, Five Iron Golf and, later this year, Vintage, on the street level of Cincinnati Center City Development Corp. (3CDC)’s $51 million Foundry development.

Officially founded in 2012, Thunderdome is the restaurant group behind a lengthy list of local favorites, including Bakersfield, The Eagle, Krueger’s, Maplewood, City Bird and Pepp & Dolores, among others. This time, the team, which is comprised of a trio of Co-Founders and Owners including Joe Lanni, John Lanni and Alex Blust, will introduce a new-American concept.

“With years in the local restaurant scene, it’s a pretty exciting feeling to be opening a concept with a dining room that overlooks Cincinnati landmarks as iconic as Fountain Square and the Tyler Davidson Fountain,” said Joe Lanni, Co-Founder and Owner of Thunderdome Restaurant Group. “While we don’t yet have a name for the new concept, we have been referring to it as an ‘American Brasserie’ internally. The service and atmosphere will be polished, as they should be for such an iconic corner. The food will draw influence from the rustic dishes of Italy, France and the U.S. with a seasonally changing menu.”

3CDC considers this particular space in the The Foundry to be almost an extension of Fountain Square – and a central hub for people attending concerts, events and other activities in the heart of Downtown Cincinnati. In total, the development features 150,000 square feet of Class A office space, 35,000 square feet of street-level retail space and a 164-space underground parking garage. The office spaces are now completely occupied by Divisions Maintenance Group, Deloitte, and Turner Construction, bringing a total of nearly 1,100 employees to the heart of Downtown, while 81% of the street-level retail space is now leased. 3CDC is in talks with several other interested operators for the balance of the space.

“The Foundry has really started to come to life over the last several months, with the addition of workers to the office spaces and several exciting entertainment concepts,” said Lindzie Gunnels, Commercial Leasing Manager at 3CDC. “We have a longstanding relationship with Thunderdome and feel confident they’ll keep that positive momentum going and do a fantastic job activating such a prominent space at the core of our city.”

The yet-to-be-named restaurant will serve lunch and dinner seven days a week, with the possibility of eventually expanding to include a brunch menu, as well. Buildout of the space is already underway, and the restaurant is scheduled to open later this year.

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