A longtime fixture of Over-the-Rhine's Main Street Entertainment District is in negotiations to possibly move to Findlay Market.
The owner of Kaldi's Coffee House & Book Store has been in talks about leaving the 1200 block of Main and reopening at the historic market since December but nothing has been finalized, the market's operators said.
“We’ve been talking to Kaldi’s since before the holidays,” said Bob Pickford, president and CEO of the Corporation for Findlay Market. “We’re looking over some paperwork. There are still some unresolved issues.”
Although Pickford declined to elaborate on the issues, he said that Kaldi’s would be a welcome addition to Findlay Market and would be a good compliment to its mix of vendors.
“We certainly would like to have them here,” Pickford said.
Rumors have persisted for weeks that Kaldi’s was considering a move away from Main Street, which has seen numerous bars and nightclubs close in recent years as the area transforms into more of a residential district.
Calls to Jeremy Thompson, Kaldi’s owner, weren’t returned.
Pickford is hopeful a deal can be worked out in the next few weeks.
“One thing I’ve learned in my six years here is not to count your chickens before they hatch,” he said. “I’m not throwing cold water on it, it just hasn’t happened yet.”
With its mix of bar and restaurant business and various styles of live music featured on many evenings, Kaldi’s epitomized the revitalized Main Street area in the 1990s. Following a slump after the April 2001 riots in downtown and Over-the-Rhine, Kaldi’s closed for a few months in 2005 until it was bought and reopened by Thompson.
Founded in 1852, Findlay Market is Ohio’s oldest continuously operated public market. It’s home to about three dozen independent merchants selling meats, cheeses, fish, poultry, produce and other items.
— Kevin Osborne