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Nicholson's Fine Food & Whisk(e)y, Cincinnati, OH
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Nicholson's Fine Food & Whisk(e)y, Cincinnati, OH

Nicholson's Fine Food & Whisk(e)y

4.5
4.5
2837 Reviews
$30 and under
Gastro Pub
Located in downtown Cincinnati across from the Aronoff Center, Nicholson’s is a restaurant and bar serving fine food and drink in a genuine Scottish tavern setting. Taking inspiration from the public houses found throughout Great Britain, our goal is to provide our guests with authentic hospitality and a brilliant dining experience. In addition to high-quality food, we offer a wide variety of beer, wine, and spirits featuring one of the best selections of single malt scotch whiskies in the area. Our family of restaurants has grown in recent years to include two new concepts: Horse & Barrel Bourbon House and the Backstage Event Center located next door from Nicholson's Pub. Horse & Barrel is an award-winning whiskey bar with 100+ whiskeys and bourbons, specialty cocktails, craft beers, small bites and a friendly bourbon-loving staff. The Backstage Event Center is a private event venue hosting rehearsal dinners, weddings, cocktail parties, corporate events and more.


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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 43 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Gastro Pub, Breakfast, Seafood
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (513) 564-9111
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Cameron Bloomer
  • Private party facilities
    Nicholson’s is located directly across from the Aronoff Center for Arts. Nicholson’s has the largest selection of Single Malt Scotch in the region.We are a great destination for your next rehearsal dinner, graduation, business dinner or birthday party.
  • Private party contact
    Kelly Schneider: (513) 550-1869
  • Neighborhood
    Central Business District
  • Cross street
    Between 6th and 7th, Across from the Aronoff Theater
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Entertainment
    Bourbon & Blues - Live music every Thursday 6pm-9pm
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,837 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

2,833 Reviews
  1. TeresaD

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Our server, Kaleb, added to a great experience. Thank you!

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  2. AimeeM

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    The place was very dark the food was very salty and did not match what the menu described it. Very bad lunch

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  3. MariaE

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was great! Jesse our waiter was great as well! Overall though, hostesses seemed frustrated and it was very loud.

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  4. sencar

    Greater Boston

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    This wasn' t our first visit to Nicholson's. The food was excellent, the ambience is very nice. The only issue we had this time was the wait. We don't think it was an issue with our server. It took nearly 40 minutes from the time we ordered until the time we were served. I suspect it was a kitchen staffing issue but given our order was very simple i.e. a salad and a sandwich, Nicholson's has to do better. We will be back but very careful about what and when we order.

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  5. BretW

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and excellent selection of scotch/bourbon (as always). Always in my top 5 greater Cincinnati foodie places.

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  6. PollyS

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious brunch with family before a show at Aronoff. It does get noisy as it gets busier, so be aware. Always enjoy ourselves, though!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience ! We did wait a while for our food - at least 40 min, but the waitress was lovely and kept us informed!

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  8. WaltD

    Louisville

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service. Good food, Enjoyed the experience

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  9. MJFox

    Cincinnati

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Unfortunately took over an hour to get our food and we were heading to a Broadway Theatre. Once arrived, at least one disk was not quite cooked properly/completely. Fish not quite 'crunchy', french fries slightly el dente inside.

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  10. TonjaW

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great place to have dinner before a Broadway Play.

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  11. TomM

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    We had the worst seat in the restaurant, right next to the entrance (even though I made a reservation). It took 20 minutes to get a beer. We were told our food would arrive on time to make it to a show at the Aronof. It did not. We wolfed down what we could in 5 minutes. Very disappointing.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Been here twice now to see shows across the street. Great food, service, and value

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I used to go to Nicholson’s on occasion about 15 years ago but was never impressed with their food - but WOW has that changed! Last night I had a fantastic Kentucky Mule and the Welsh Dip sandwich and roasted carrots are absolutely CRAVABLE!!

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Came here before a show at the Aronoff. The pot roast was amazing and the fish and chips were some of the best I've had locally. My only complaint was that it took almost 30 minutes to receive our check, pay it, and get our card back. The lengthy delay in cashing out had us scrambling to our seats across the street a few minutes before the start of the show. Still a fantastic restaurant that I look forward to returning to, just probably not before a show next time.

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  15. emptynesters

    Cincinnati

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nicholson’s is always a good bet for a pre-show dinner. I made reservations for 2 and could only get “counter” seating. Not sure what it was, but learned upon arrival it was those short tables across from the bar. The seating was just fine. Glad it wasn’t cold out. I could see those seats being drafty when the door is opened. The pot roast was delicious.

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  16. JohnS

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Drinks only, great venue for happy hour meet up with friends.

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  17. Mouse

    Cincinnati

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We love Nicholson's, it's a fun place to go and the food and service is consistently good.

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  18. Anonymous1

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food portions were ridiculously small and nothing special. Service was ok. Ambience is nice, but cold in there.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great as always. The food and drinks were wonderful

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The ole ball and chain and I came here for Valentines Day and we were pleasantly surprised. She had the Shrimp and Grits and I the Bangers and Mash. Grits were smooth, just like down south(which is the only way she’ll eat them) and it was my first attempt at Bangers and Mash. Both dishes were more than enough food, we did save room for dessert which was the Brûlée and a dense chocolate pound cake, both were delightful. We will definitely keep this in the special occasion rotation

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  21. JenM

    Dublin

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We made reservations for brunch. We drove downtown and paid to park. Imagine our surprise when we got there and there was a sign posted that the restaurant was closed! They had closed for employee appreciation. Of course we support employees and they deserve to be appreciated- but they should not allow people to make reservations for when the restaurant is closed! Luckily Metropole next door squeezed us in. I tried to give feedback to Nicholson’s, but their website doesn't have email posted and there isn’t a way to connect via social media.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a day date and it was lovely! Highly recommend the pineapple upside down cocktail and pork belly was amazing!!

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  23. SonyaS

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Most authentic Scottish and Irish dishes and drinks. Cannot go wrong with this establishment. Converted us to become regulars. Pork Belly, Bangers and Mash and the Fish and Chips were incredible.

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  24. trs57

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The hostess was a little hard to deal with. But if you make it past her, the food and service are well worth the hassle.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Toledo

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The restaurant is good. The food is ok, not great. The service was good and it is a very convenient location. Not much value for money in terms of the food but the location is great!!

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    I have had dinner here many times before the Broadway series shows. This was the first time I have had an issue. Our appetizer took 45 minutes to arrive at our table. They were busy but saw other tables getting food before ours. Food was great, just service hiccup that night.

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  27. campychic

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fish and chips were delicious The special short rib was also very good! Fun themed drinks for Beetlejuice

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  28. kerrieb

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the location to the Arnoff and the atmosphere is always so warm and inviting

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  29. theater

    Cincinnati

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Once again great service from Jess and great food from the kitchen. Great place to eat before heading to the Aronoff.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything from food to service was very good. My only complaint is when booking through OpenTable weeks before there were no reservations available at 5:30pm-6:30pm so we took the 5:15pm reservation. There were plenty of tables, booths and seats available when we were there. So why were they not available when we made the booking!

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    To sum it up, our experience was a disappointment. The staff seemed ill prepared and lacking attention to detail. Our server Azalea and the drinks we had were the sole bright spot. Food was less than impressive and way over priced for what was presented to us. Our Scotch Egg had the taste and texture of the last one available that had been left in a dried out warming tray, and the pretzel pieces for our beer cheese were inedible, you would have broken teeth trying to bite them. To their credit, we did send it back and the 2nd time around it was way better, but how the hell do those items make it out of you kitchen, lack of attention to detail. Also, wouldn’t you think if you send something back, a manager would step in and say let’s comp that one or give a discount on it since they had to send it back, nope not here, what about the customer service? Our server, Azalea was great very apologetic about it and had a great personality. Our mains arrived, and frankly, the fish with the fish and chips is a joke. The 3 pieces were mostly breading/panko due to the fish being incredibly thin. Reminded me of large fish sticks you would find at Kroger. The other mains were ok, but not worth the price point. This was a disappointment for sure as we heard good things about Nicholsons from others. I will not completely rule out a returned visit, but with some much variety in the restaurant options in this area, it will probably be a while before we return, especially if this is how they presented their product out 1st time there.

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  32. SharonG

    Cincinnati

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our favorite pre-theater spot to dine. Never disappoints!

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  33. JoyceV

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We go to nicholsons before shows at rather Aronoff. I usually get grilled salmon on a salad. Salad is very good and the salmon is always grilled perfectly. We will continue to eat there as long as the food is so good.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Our reservation on Friday night was 6:30. We were seated immediately. It was a long time before we saw a waiter. At 6:50 one in our party got her soda. Our cocktails did not arrive until 7:00. Our food did not arrive until 7:25. We actually saw a couple come in and sit at the counter, and they got their food 20 minutes later. This was an unusual experience for us, because we eat here on a regular basis when seeing a play at the Aronoff. I hope others did not have the experience that we had.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was excellent! We arrived for a 6 PM reservation (just as Happy Hour was ending) so bar was very busy with last HH orders. This slowed up our wine service but we still had plenty of time to get to Aronoff show.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The salad choice came with mostly lettuce with very little toppings. Tha salam was overcooked and dry.

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  37. ErikaM139

    Seattle

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good food ! Love they have specials for the Aronoff shows. Happy Hour is great especially the pretzels and beer cheese, the cheese is fantastic !

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  38. AmandaD

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service! Drinks were also a hit! We’ll definitely be back for more.

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  39. LoriL

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Our reserved table wasn’t ready so they set us by the door as we had a show to go to and whenever the door opened we got the cold air. We had to track down our server to order a cocktail as he barely checked in on us. The fries were tasteless.

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  40. Bobby

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the food and atmosphere and they always get us in and out in time for our show tickets right across the street!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Nicholson's Fine Food & Whisk(e)y using the Order Online button. Nicholson's Fine Food & Whisk(e)y also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Nicholson's Fine Food & Whisk(e)y also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (513) 564-9111.

Nicholson's Fine Food & Whisk(e)y is rated 4.5 stars by 2837 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 43 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Nicholson's Fine Food & Whisk(e)y

625 Walnut St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Between 6th and 7th, Across from the Aronoff Theater
  • Neighborhood
    Central Business District
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Gastro Pub, Breakfast, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Cameron Bloomer
  • Entertainment
    Bourbon & Blues - Live music every Thursday 6pm-9pm
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (513) 564-9111
  • Private party facilities
    Nicholson’s is located directly across from the Aronoff Center for Arts. Nicholson’s has the largest selection of Single Malt Scotch in the region.We are a great destination for your next rehearsal dinner, graduation, business dinner or birthday party.
  • Private party contact
    Kelly Schneider: (513) 550-1869
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