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We are finally creating a home for our dream and long running pop-up in Cincinnati, Ohio. #pleasecinci
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THE RESTAURANT

Please, the restaurant, will be a natural progression from our widely popular pop-up dinners that have run regularly for the past 4 years.  Please will continue to strive to be an honest, delicious, value driven restaurant that continues to focus on creativity, quality and sourcing locally from the Ohio River Valley, Tri-State and beyond.

Opening a permanent location of Please isn't just the next step for us, but it's also the culmination of a long dream and a dedication to never give up on a rather major set of obstacles.  Many of which don't have to do with cooking or opening a restaurant.  It would be our honor to have you a part of making our dream come true.

MY STORY

My passion for cooking began over 10 years ago.  Diagnosed early in life with Crohn's Disease, it didn't really majorly affect me until my college years.  Suddenly doctor's were telling me to go on a strict gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, alcohol free diet for 6 months to help determine how my case of Crohn's was affected.  In the early oughts, this was not quite as easy as it is today, restaurants weren't making this type of food, and the local big chain grocers surely didn't have a shelf, let alone an aisle dedicated to these restrictions.

So I learned to cook from scratch. Things like salad dressings and mac'n'cheese were things that came in bottles and boxes, or from my mom's kitchen.  Never something that was made by hand. And with that my hunger for a professional kitchen began.  Eventually I had surgery and got back on my feet, and it kicked off a whirlwind of cooking and learning in 2005.  I've cooked around the USA as well as through Europe pushing myself and my craft working under such great chefs as Chef Kevin Sousa and Chef John Shields.

The learning I've done under these and other chefs around the world, and my drive to push myself to learn and grow here in Cincinnati through our pop-up have culminated with me being ready to open my own restaurant.

OUR FOOD

'photo by ©Gina Weathersby Photography'
'photo by ©Gina Weathersby Photography'

TURNING THE DREAM INTO A REALITY

We need your help. We have always done things on our own, and this is no different. We don't have partnerships with large investors or development groups.  We have to do this on our own. We are excited that a large portion of our funding needs have been committed to already by a group of small investors. But there is a small gap that needs filled. In other words, we need you to help us reach our dream!

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Risks and challenges

Please started 4 years ago with simple vision to push myself to grow learn and be creative with food, and now we've grown that into a popular regularly running pop-up that is ready to grow into the restaurant of our dreams. We hope to have a clean, modern yet cozy space in Cincinnati, that will serve 30-50 guests a night and target opening to late 2015/early 2016.

Having worked in restaurants, been a part of opening nights and shared many a beers with chef friends opening their own restaurants we are well aware of the risks and problems that can arise. The plumbing is old, permits get delayed, and the gas lines need re-run. These are all things restaurants go through. But in chasing this dream, we've been handed roadblocks greater than any of these, and have had the drive, passion, vision and hard work to get through them, and this time is no different.

Even with as much as we're willing to push for this, the reality is that without your help, our dream can't come true.

WE NEED YOU!

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    Join us for staff meal! Before each service, we make a delicious meal for the whole staff, come in and join us for anything from burgers to pumpkin lasagna to pork tacos!

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    Pretty Please is back! 6 of our famous bourbon and duck fat caramels (veg option available) and some other sweet treats!

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    Kombucha! Kombucha will play a major part in our beverage program as well as our juice pairings. Ryan will teach you how to make your own, and send you home with a kombucha starter!

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    LIMITED EDITION!!!

    We're giving away our "OATW" Ohio Against the World kitchen aprons! Only 5 available!

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    sous vide class! get a circulator for christmas, or just wanna learn how to cook things "sous vide?" we'll show you the basics!

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    Brunch for dinner for 2!

    Chef Ryan and Sierra (of Fork Heart Knife) will cook a brunch for dinner party one night, with tons of yummy brunch food!

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    Let's go foraging!

    We'll strap on our boots and hit the forest to find some delicious wild edibles! you take home what we find, and Ryan will give you tips on how to prepare it.

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    A special table for 2 with a custom VIP 7 course menu, on any night of your choosing at the restaurant once its open!

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    Spend a day in the kitchen with the Please team. Come observe or jump in and see and experience the working kitchen at our restaurant.

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    A Saturday lunch with pairings for up to 10 guests at Salazar cooked by Chef Ryan of Please and Chef Jose of Salazar!

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    A private dinner with custom menu for up to 16 guests in your home or at Cheapside (any where in ohio or the tri-state area)!

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