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Friday, April 24, 2015

Flipdaddy's Newport Pavilion Sets Opening Date

FTM broke the news that Flipdaddy’s Brilliant Burgers & Craft Beer Bar was opening its fourth restaurant at Newport Pavilion last July. With construction moving forward at a face pace, CEO Bob Dames and COO Ed Biery, have announced to FTM their opening date.

In one week, Thursday, April 30, Flipdaddy’s Newport Pavilion will open its doors to the public.

For Biery, a Newport Central Catholic graduate (91), it’s a chance to come back home. “I grew up in Newport so it’s neat to come back to my roots,” he said as he snuck away for a short lunch while his managers continued to train the 65 new hires. Unsurprisingly Biery was munching on a burger and fries as brand new glassware was being put away.

This will be the fourth Flipdaddy’s in as many years opening previously in Mariemont, Symmes Township and Union. The Flipdaddy’s team flirted with space in the Fort Thomas Plaza before signing a deal with Newport Pavilion. While Flipdaddy's feels like a national chain, it's local roots are evident after talking with Biery and Dames.

“We are pretty much the only local brand at Newport Pavilion and with our fourth store, we are getting progressively better. This will be our biggest location,” said Dames.

Flipdaddy’s at Newport Pavilion will seat 287. Previously their biggest store sat 180. The new restaurant includes two different private dining areas, a large patio overlooking the back end of Newport Pavilion with a fire pit and overhead door for nice weather, a large bar with 72-beer taps (36 beers total) with an emphasis on craft beer.

“The burger is what sets us apart,” said Biery. “We have a proprietary blend of beef, fresh buns, fresh ingredients. It’s just a better meal. We are providing an up-scale burger experience without the upscale prices.”

The burgers at Flipdaddy’s use a proprietary blend of short rib, ground chuck and brisket.

What might be the most underrated characteristic about Flipdaddy’s is the location at Newport Pavilion. The “back entrance” through Woodlawn leads right into the parking lot, which gives you the ability of avoiding Pavilion Parkway altogether.

Roll up garage door leading to patio

Patio with fire pit

Employees during their training session

The tap room

One of the private dining areas