New Butler County dining options tout morning meals, sweet treats

Milk Jar Cafe plans to expand beyond its Hyde Park location by opening a West Chester Twp. storefront this summer. CONTRIBUTED

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Milk Jar Cafe plans to expand beyond its Hyde Park location by opening a West Chester Twp. storefront this summer. CONTRIBUTED

The owners of Milk Jar Cafe in Hyde Park have pulled permits for a new location in Butler County.

Co-owner Jimmy Lin said the restaurant plans to open by July at 7743-D Tylersville Road in West Chester Twp., a storefront located in the Tylersville Pointe shopping plaza on the southwest corner of Cox Road and Tylersville Road.

Milk Jar Cafe debuted at 3880 Paxton Ave., Suite M, in Hyde Park Plaza in September 2018. Not only does it serve authentic bubble tea, Thai-rolled ice cream and a cereal bar with offerings like Cinnamon Apple Pie, which includes Apple Jacks, Cinnamon Toast Crunch and graham crackers with a caramel drizzle, and Choco Loco, which includes Reese's Puffs, Cookie Crisp, M&M's and chocolate chips.

Cereals also include make-your-own options.

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Popular teas include Classic Ceylon Black Milk Tea, Jasmine Green Milk Tea, Mango Jasmine Fruit Tea and Strawberry Matcha Latte.

Ice cream at the Hyde Park location includes flavors like Cookie Monster, (Oreo with vanilla, matcha or coffee), Monkey Business (banana and nutella); Unicorn Poop (Fruity Pebbles and caramel); and Java Lava (condensed milk with coffee). Toppings are unlimited and include more than 40 from which to choose including cereals, candy, cookies & nuts, fruit and drizzles.

“This past summer, a lot of our customers drove to Hyde Park from West Chester, Kenwood and OTR to buy boba tea and they requested we open one closer to them,” he said. “I looked at a couple of places and Tylersville Road in West Chester seems to be a great location with a good population to serve our customers in the area while introducing boba and our food offerings to the Greater Cincinnati area, so I decided on that location first. However, I will be looking forward to be opening another one next year in OTR or Kenwood.”

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The full menu for Milk Jar Cafe's West Chester location has yet to be finalized, he said. Size limitations mean it likely will not include ice cream, but will include bubble tea, poke and grilled food, Lin said.

Hiring will start several weeks before Milk Jar Cafe’s summer opening, he said.


A new breakfast-and-brunch option is coming to the corner of Main & B Street in Hamilton.

Rise-N-Shine will share space with sushi burrito franchise Roll On In, which debuted at 102 Main St.

The new business is expected to open sometime this month. It’s owned by John Kallenberger and Michael McCarthy, both of Cincinnati, who opened Roll On In locations in Lebanon and Cincinnati’s Clifton neighborhood (2016), Deerfield Twp.’s Landen neighborhood (2017) and Hamilton’s West Side (2018).

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When Roll on In first opened in Hamilton in May 2018, Kallenberger and McCarthy said Rise-N-Shine would be a mix of healthy and classic farm-hearty breakfast fare.

A menu has yet to be finalized, but the restaurant’s social media accounts tout that it will offer “your favorite traditional breakfast dishes with a unique twist using as many locally sourced ingredients as possible.”

Rise-N-Shine's Facebook page has posted photos of French toast, an omelette, a breakfast platter with bacon, eggs, potatoes and sausage and more.

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