In Cincinnati, people from all walks of life come together to create a community we’re proud to call home. Our neighborhoods, many of them renewed and revitalized but rich with history and tradition are a testament to that. In Cincinnati’s historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, Tucker’s Restaurant has risen and fallen with the neighborhood’s changes, due in large part to the kindness and unwavering support of its patrons.
Since 1946, Tucker’s has been known for its diverse clientele, neighborly niceness, and inexpensive, yet delicious food. Over the years, Tucker’s became a local staple, withstanding even the toughest of times. During the loss of local manufacturing and the decline of the area’s entertainment district, Tucker’s remained. It survived a time when Over-the-Rhine was considered the most dangerous neighborhood in the United States. It continued to welcome regulars and newcomers as Over-the-Rhine began making its comeback.
In July 2015, Tucker’s was hit hard, yet again, this time in the form of a kitchen fire. But a group of do-gooders came together to help resurrect the local favorite because of the kindness of the owners, Joe and Carla, and the community’s fondness for their favorite hotspot. Volunteers, including professionals in construction, development and marketing, offered free services to revive Tucker’s Restaurant. And a community fundraiser at a nearby school featured a Tucker’s brunch to help raise funds for the reconstruction. Mirroring the kindness and hospitality of Tucker’s, the community came together to lift up one of their own.
In September 2016, Tucker’s Restaurant reopened. Today, the diner continues to be a Cincinnati mainstay, thanks to the kind-heartedness of the community the inclusivity of the restaurant and the crave-worthy food that it serves.