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That's So Cincinnati: How Jeff Ruby inspired Cincinnati bar owner to 'take care of people'
Cincinnati restauranteur and bar owner Bob Deck, a managing partner at Four Entertainment Group, joined The Enquirer's That's So Cincinnati podcast this week to chat about:
Jeff Ruby's impact on Deck's career
4EG's role in the revitalization of Downtown and Over-the-Rhine
The struggles of being a bar and restaurant owner during a pandemic
Expansion, including opening the Ernest Hemingway-inspired bar, Pilar, soon at the Court Street Plaza
Four Entertainment Group launched about 15 years ago, around the time 3CDC was beginning its work to redevelopment Over-the-Rhine. The group has 18 bars restaurants in Cincinnati, Covington, Columbus and Chicago. It's notable Greater Cincinnati brands include: Igby's in Downtown, The Lackman in Over-the-Rhine and Keystone in Covington and Clifton.
As a young adult, Deck, who grew up in Anderson Township, parked cars at Jeff Ruby's Waterfront restaurant. Deck enjoyed the experience of working in the restaurant business. He initially pursued a career as a chiropractor after graduating from Miami University, but Deck and some friends got together to start 4EG.
Deck has never forgotten what some call the "Jeff Ruby experience" – it's all about impeccable customer service and making the customer feel special during their entire visit to one of Ruby's steakhouses.
"It was just amazing to watch how he would always take care of people and want all of his employees to take care of people," Deck said. "From the moment you pull your car up with the valet until you're experience inside, that was what they took pride on and have continued to this day."
That's So Cincinnati: Here’s what makes Bengals punter Kevin Huber’s career so unique
Bengals punter Kevin Huber has been an All-American and an All-Pro in his football career.
Big awards, no doubt, but they’re not his most unique accomplishment. Huber is the rare athlete who’s been able to play every level of football in his hometown.
Huber talks about his journey from McNicholas High School star to University of Cincinnati All-American to being the longest-tenured player on the Bengals’ current roster.
That's So Cincinnati: You know Tom Tsuchiya's work. Now meet the artist behind all those statues around Greater Cincinnati
You probably don't know Tom Tsuchiya. But you know his work.
From molding creek clay in his backyard to building statues of Cincinnati icons like Pete Rose, learn about the life of a sculptor.
That's So Cincinnati: Beer, pickleball and a sandbox: How Fifty West Brewing became Cincinnati's family friendly brewery
Fifty West Brewing founder Bobby Slattery talks about growing his company into Greater Cincinnati's family friendly brewery; expansion into Southeast Ohio and West Virginia; and whether the region is oversaturated with breweries.
That's So Cincinnati: Bob Huggins on his mom's legacy; raising money for cancer research; how his tenure ended at UC; and whether the Bearcats are ready for the Big 12
Legendary college basketball coach Bob Huggins is introspective in a wide-ranging, in-depth interview with "That's So Cincinnati" podcast.
Ahead of his return to Cincinnati on June 14 to raise money for cancer research, the West Virginia University basketball coach discussed:
His late mother's legacy and the effort to honor through the Norma Mae Huggins Cancer Endowment Fund
His coaching style today vs. his coaching style in 16 seasons at the University of Cincinnati from 1989 to 2005
What his final days at UC were like before the school parted ways with him in summer 2005
How he believes UC is much better positioned to join the Big 12 Conference now because of what Luke Fickell has done to elevate the Bearcats' football program
To learn more about the Norma Mae Huggins Endowment Fund, go to wvucancerinstitute.org.
That's So Cincinnati: Pro Football Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz on Joe Burrow, mentoring and 20 years of running his youth foundation
The folks who select the Pro Football Hall of Fame classes will be calling Anthony Munoz soon.
And the Bengals' only member in the Hall of Fame will tell them the same thing he always does.
"I always pivot when I'm talking to senior selectors, and I say, 'Let's talk about Ken Anderson,' " Munoz said. "I dominate the conversation because I'm one of the biggest advocates for Ken Anderson. He should be in the Hall of Fame and it's a travesty that he's not."
That's just a sample of what Munoz discussed as this week's guest on "That' So Cincinnati."
Often quite informative, especially during the election. But the consistent refrain in favor of an FC Cincinnati stadium, costs and consequences be damned, gets old. Please at least try to get all sides on an issue if you cover it this often.
Jason & Co have interviewed some really interesting people in our City and State; Joe Deters and Jeff Ruby were two of my favorites. But too often when they interview politicians or public officials about ballot issues, the line of questioning is very soft. No hard questions are asked. It’s frustrating because the format is good and the interviewers are super-connected and knowledgeable about our City and city politics.
Old Man Ramblings
This podcast is just Jason Williams giving cold takes for 20 mins then an interview. This is really unfortunate since this is the best informational podcast about the city.