Standing high above the city on the 10th floor of the City Club Apartments, at 309 Vine Street, and resurrected from the history that has stood here before our time, The View at Shires’ Garden is inspired by the first amusement resort in this part of the country, Shires’ Garden.
William Shires, an English Aristocrat, purchased the plot of land between 3rd and 4th streets, from Race to Vine, in 1825 from Judge Jacob Burnet, who supposedly had some debts to settle. Opening the gates to Shires’ Garden in 1842, he had completely transformed the block of property into a destination for amusement and recreation. Shires planted magical gardens with fruit trees and flowers from around the world, and constructed a square-framed theatre where the first matinée show was produced. Vendors with refreshment offerings lined the walkways through the gardens, and a grand restaurant and hotel was housed in the old Burnet Mansion. It was just six years later when the amusement resort was sadly burned to the ground in “a most picturesque fire,” on a snowy evening, in January 1848.
The View at Shires’ Garden, much like William Shires’ land of amusement, will feature exquisite food and drink offerings in a relaxed setting, where friends and acquaintances can come together for an experience and views that will be unmatched in the Queen City.
The new concept will boast a rounded bar and comfortable lounge seating in the main space, as well as a bistro-inspired area that will be available for private events.
Both spaces will open up directly onto the 2000 sq. ft. patio for al fresco dining and drinks, with comfortable fire-lit seating arrangements, across the patio.
It is our hope that The View at Shires’ Garden will attract both local crowds and travelers to the city, as a premiere destination on this historic plot of land. We look forward to serving our guests a magical experience with spectacular views of the stadiums and riverfront, the incredible ambiance of the space, unique entertainment and events, and the eclectic food and drink offerings. Opening June 2019!
The View at Shires’ Garden will feature exquisite food and drink offerings in a relaxed setting, much like the original Shires’ Gardens destination. The modernized version of the endeavor is presented by the expertly-trained culinary team under the direction of Executive Chef, David Bever. Bever has a decade of experience in the Cincinnati culinary scene and was educated at theMidwest Culinary Institute. Bever has worked in establishments as varied as private clubs, high-volume restaurants in Over the Rhine, and notably, has cooked at Jean-Robert’s Table and Le Bar a Boeuf. Bever also served as the opening Chef at The Eagle Food & Beer Hall, and was part of the award-winning team at Orchid’s, Hilton Netherland Plaza. With this melange of styles, Bever is passionate about sharing exquisite seasonal plates at Shires’ Garden, with the menu described as, “an evolution from the mid-nineteenth century offerings seen in this region to what the Queen City’s food scene has grown to be, a modern city with the advantages of working with local and international purveyors, with broad culinary influences.”
The front of house service and bar program at Shires’ Garden is led by restaurant and bar veteran, Sean Garner. Garner has a deep pedigree in hospitality and extensive local experience, including leadership roles at Boca, and Orchid’s at Palm Court where he served as Maitre D’ and Sommelier, and helmed Cincinnati Magazine’s #1 rated dining room. Garner has earned Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence three times, was awarded the Presidential Medallion of the American Culinary Federation, and has been recognized by the American Academy of Chefs.
Over the past six years, Imeroni has redeveloped, renovated, and designed nine restaurant, bar, and coffee shop destinations in the Cincinnati-metro area. Each of Imeroni’s venues under the Ignite Entertainment parent company are unique in concept and atmosphere, paving the way for this latest endeavor, The View at Shires’ Garden. Imeroni’s Ignite Entertainment venues include: O’Malley’s in the Alley, Gypsy’s Mainstrasse, The Blind Pig, Lola’s Coffee + Bar Downtown, Lola’s Coffee + Bar Hyde Park, The Birdcage LGBTQ+ Bar and Lounge, and The View at Shires’ Garden. Imeroni additionally co-owns Ché Argentine Restaurant and The Butcher and Barrel, with business partner, Alfio Gulisano.