tickle pickle a cafe and burgers-and-milkshake restaurant business will open in Northside later this summer. Owner Sarah Cole originally thought of moving her other restaurant business, The restoration of Sarellifrom Newport to Northside, but when she bought the building at 4176 Hamilton Ave., she decided to start a new business instead.
“I grew up in Clifton, but moved to northern Kentucky when my kids started school,” says Cole. “As soon as I saw a chance to buy something in Northside and be in Cincinnati again, I jumped at the chance. We come to Clifton all the time and want my kids to experience the beautiful diversity (in the city of Cincinnati) that northern Kentucky doesn’t always have.”
Tickle Pickle will be a fast-casual restaurant offering organic milkshakes that meet dietary restrictions, including gluten-free and vegan. And Cole tries to keep his food as local as possible.
“At Sarelli, we really like non-GMO organic foods and are aware of what we put into our bodies,” she says. “We try to buy locally, but most of the time companies cannot supply enough to support Sarelli’s. But Tickle Pickle will have a smaller menu, and it’ll be a lot easier to do that here.
The organic milk will come from Snowville Creamerychicken Gerber Honest Hatchery Chicken Farmspreservative-free pretzel buns from Hot Pretzel in Northern Kentucky and vegan and whole-wheat buns from Sixteen Brick Bread. Cole works with Tiny Footprint BreakdownWhich one is Delivery of GREEN BEANSon the wholesale side, and Findlay Market as well as Northside Meat.
“I want to give my money to Northside and surrounding neighborhoods, keeping the food as local as possible and as organic as possible,” she says.
The 2,000 square foot space was already equipped with a kitchen, but Cole is renovating the dining room and the front of the building. She works with the Museum of American Signs to create a stunning Tickle Pickle sign and plans to use reclaimed wood and recyclable items during the renovation.
The restaurant side of Tickle Pickle will open on June 8. The restaurant can accommodate business lunches and meetings for groups of 15 or more.
Tickle Pickle is also recruiting, so if you’re interested send your CV to [email protected].