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Cincinnati's first Cuban restaurant sets opening

The lease was brokered by Gil Richards and Connor Fahrnbach with Colliers

Cincinnati's first Cuban restaurant, opened by a Miami chef who relocated to the Queen City, is set to open in the former Sports Page space downtown.

Chef Ramon Alfonso will welcome guests to Latin House at 823 Main St. on Oct. 19. 
Alfonso owned another restaurant by the same name in Miami before meeting his now-wife while working a gig in Pennsylvania. He sold that eatery and moved to her native Cincinnati in 2019.

While searching for a local restaurant to show off the food of his Cuban roots, Alfonso turned up nothing in Cincinnati. So he cooked for her himself. Soon his step children began asking for Cuban cuisine and if he could do Cuban takes on other recipes.

With a lack of restaurants serving up authentic Cuban cooking in Cincinnati – with the exception of the popular Cuban sandwich appearing on menus across town – Alfonso decided to revive the Latin House locally.

"The reason I call it Latin House is because I want people to come here and feel like they are home," he said. "If they were hungry, they could cook for themselves, so I need everything here to be exceptional."

The menu includes items like:

  • Potato balls, with three-cheese mashed potatoes filled with a ground beef mixture, rolled in house-made French bread breadcrumbs and deep fried. A vegan version can also be made with spinach, celery and cucumber medley inside of a mashed potato ball
  • Croqueta, ham croquettes hand-rolled and deep fried and served with a mustard and lime sauce
  • Ceviche tropical, butter-poached shrimp mixed with lime cilantro, jalapeño, green and red peppers, green onions and red onions, served in a plantain bowl or on bruschetta bread
  • Cuban sandwich, with ham, roast pork, Swiss cheese, mustard, pickles and potato sticks on pressed Cuban bread
  • Ropa Vieja, or "old clothes," flank steak made in a slow cooker and shredded, served in a red sauce with onions, green peppers, red peppers, garlic, salt and cumin

Latin House will initially be open Monday through Friday for breakfast and lunch – 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. – but Alfonso is gauging interest on whether there is demand for dinner service, something he may start initially on weekends. The restaurant does not have a liquor license, but he said that if dinner catches on he would work to obtain one and offer up a menu of Latin American beers and wines.

The lease was brokered by Gil Richards and Connor Fahrnbach with Colliers International.

The Paskal family owned two Sports Page restaurants downtown, one on Vine Street and one on Main Street, since 1977. The Vine Street has since closed, and the Main Street Sports Page closed on March 25 of this year.


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