Well-regarded hot-dog business may move into Rossville Flats

Papi Jochos Street Dogs & Cantina offers Mexican street hot dogs and upscale beverages. PROVIDED
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Papi Jochos Street Dogs & Cantina offers Mexican street hot dogs and upscale beverages. PROVIDED

HAMILTON — A Mexican street-hotdog restaurant is planning to move into one of four retail spaces that will occupy the street level of the 76-apartment Rossville Flats development that broke ground this month.

Papi Jochos Street Dogs & Cantina confirmed its interest in having a location there, but noted “the deal is not quite done.”

The restaurant was operating in Covington, Ky., in the downtown’s main thoroughfare, at 633 Madison Ave., but a city fire official recently told owners they needed to put in a full hood for the stove to continue operating. So they closed, with plans to operate at Rossville Flats. In the meantime, Papi Jochos plans to offer an expanded menu as delivery only.

Yelp.com recently rated it the sixth best restaurant for hot dogs in Greater Cincinnati. Rossville Flats is scheduled to open in early 2023.

Papi Jochos had to shut down its Covington location “because their kitchen wasn’t big enough,” said Pete Montgomery of Blue Ash-based CMC Properties, which is developing Rossville Flats. “So they could either rebuild it or they could open up a new location, and they chose us.”

“We’re in talks with them, and they’re going to be going in right here on the corner, and they’re going to be the first drive-through hot dog place that will have a walk-up window, also,” Montgomery said. “It’s going to be a very cool concept.”

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Rossville Flats, which will have 76 apartments and four street-level retail spaces, is scheduled to open in early 2023. PROVIDED

Rossville Flats, which will have 76 apartments and four street-level retail spaces, is scheduled to open in early 2023. PROVIDED
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Rossville Flats, which will have 76 apartments and four street-level retail spaces, is scheduled to open in early 2023. PROVIDED

Papi Jochos is affiliated with Agave & Rye, the taco and cocktails restaurant with a location at Liberty Center that also plans to move to another property in Hamilton’s Main Street corridor, the former Ritzi Body Shop property at the southeast corner of Main and E streets.

Given that the restaurant was using only a 200-square-foot kitchen and the ventilation needs would have required “ventilation through the roof,” ... “We decided it was in our best interest to convert that space to our ‘Alibi Room,’ which offers special pour tequila, bourbon, and flights, as well as wines,” the company told the Journal-News.

“We will soon be offering our expanded Papi Menu as delivery only soon, while the plans for Hamilton are settled,” the company added. “We are all super excited.”

ExploreWork on Rossville Flats set to begin; complex on Main Street to open in 2023
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Papi Jochos Street Dogs & Cantina offers Mexican street hot dogs and upscale beverages. PROVIDED

Papi Jochos Street Dogs & Cantina offers Mexican street hot dogs and upscale beverages. PROVIDED
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Papi Jochos Street Dogs & Cantina offers Mexican street hot dogs and upscale beverages. PROVIDED

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Papi Jochos Street Dogs & Cantina offers Mexican street hot dogs and upscale beverages. PROVIDED

Papi Jochos Street Dogs & Cantina offers Mexican street hot dogs and upscale beverages. PROVIDED
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Papi Jochos Street Dogs & Cantina offers Mexican street hot dogs and upscale beverages. PROVIDED

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