Posted: 4:50 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012

Lipsence de Café to bring new flavors to downtown Hamilton


A dormant downtown Hamilton property is getting a new lease on life.

Patience and Kingsley Uwuigbe have signed a multi-year lease for a storefront at 20-24 South Third Street, between Court and High streets, and plan to open Lipsence de Café, a catering and restaurant business, as early as next March.

Patience Uwuigbe said the restaurant will serve entrees of grilled fish and grilled chicken, while most side dishes will feature African cuisine.

“Little things that are a little different from what we are used to here in America,” she said.

The Uwuigbes plan to remodel and upgrade the space, which has been the site of several restaurants, in order to be a full-service facility. That includes installing vent hoods and other items necessary for a full-kitchen.

“Those things take a little time,” she said.

Uwuigbe, a Butler County resident originally from West Africa, ran Royal Catering Food Services in Mount Healthy for about nine months until September 2011 but decided to shut down because of two robberies at that location.

Lipsence de Café takes its name from Uwuigbe’s three children — Lillian, Precious and Phillip — as well as the second half of Patience Uwuigbe’s first name.

Morrical Realty, which helped property owner JKJC Properties of Davie, Fla., negotiate a multi-year lease for the site, also helped property owner Joseph W. Schwarz of Fairfield negotiate a multi-year lease for Pappa Luigi’s at 23 North Third Street, which re-opened under new ownership on Nov. 30.

The leases represent the growing faith of business and investors in downtown Hamilton and the Special Improvement District located there, according to Phil Morrical III, director of development for Morrical Realty.

“Downtown Hamilton has witnessed a rebirth with the infusion of new owners, investors and businesses, which has created a synergy that makes it attractive to others” Morrical said.


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