Shapiro’s Delicatessen, an Indianapolis-area business since 1905, has reached an agreement to license its dining experience and name in Ohio.
The first location will be in Blue Ash, Ohio, a northeast suburb of Cincinnati. The restaurant will be a combination of the flagship restaurant in downtown Indianapolis and also its casual Twisted Tradition concept. The model will feature the most popular items and updated sandwiches and other dishes from the Twisted Tradition concept, along with Shapiro’s traditional favorites. A catering department will serve events and group business lunches. Shapiro’s- Blue Ash is expected to open in the first quarter of 2017.
“Shapiro’s is creating a casual restaurant to meet the growing demand for fresh food prepared with local ingredients that caters to the business lunch crowd as well as families looking for a great meal,” stated Carmel resident Brian Shapiro, fourth-generation president of Shapiro’s, in a press release. “The new restaurant reinforces Shapiro’s commitment to serving the Blue Ash metropolitan area with high-quality, delicious, Kosher-style food, for which we are famous.”
Entry into the Cincinnati market is also a return to the Shapiro family roots. Brian Shapiro’s mother, Arlene, was raised in Cincinnati. His grandfather, Harry Greenberg, was a successful Cincinnati dentist, and co-founder of Crest Hills Country Club.
Shapiro’s first opened its doors at the corner of McCarty and Meridian Streets in Indianapolis in 1905 as a grocery store selling kosher deli meats cooked on-premises. Shapiros grew into a restaurant and delicatessen in the mid-1930s. Shapiro’s currently has three locations: the original downtown Indianapolis restaurant, in the Indianapolis International Airport, and in the Fashion Mall at Keystone at the Crossing.
Shapiro’s has earned a national reputation for quality over the past 111 years. In 1989, USA Today declared Shapiro’s Corned Beef Sandwich “the finest corned beef sandwich in the World.” Shapiro’s remains a national icon for its enormous sandwiches of house-cooked, kosher-style deli meats. “We are no longer kosher, but we still do not sell any pork,” Shapiro said.
The new location will be at the Crossings of Blue Ash, 9525 Kenwood Rd.
For more, visit shapiros.com.