February restaurant news: 4 openings and announcements in Butler and Warren counties

February found Butler County’s dining scene cooking up some new options once again. Here are some of the restaurant openings and announcements from last month.

OPENED: Rise-N-Shine

New breakfast-and-brunch option Rise-N-Shine opened last month in Hamilton's growing Main Street corridor. It shares space with sushi burrito franchise Roll On In at 102 Main St.

The restaurant offers classics like Steak & Eggs, Chicken & Waffle and Eggs Benedict. A Rise & Shine Sampler includes 2 cafe free Amish eggs any way you like them, ham, sausage, bacon, biscuits-and-gravy or two buttermilk pancakes and country-style potatoes. A Farmer’s Breakfast includes two eggs any style, double meat ham, sausage, bacon or goetta, toast or English muffin and country-style potatoes.

Rise-N-Shine also offers six omelettes, three kinds of pancakes, two kinds of waffles, two breakfast sandwiches and French Toast N’ Fruit.

Hash options include Country Boy (shredded hash browns, thick-cut bacon, chopped onion and red bell peppers served with two eggs and topped with cheddar cheese) and Sweet Piggy (breakfast sausage, sweet potatoes, onion, red bell pepper and garlic tossed with avocados, tomatoes and fresh cilantro and topped with a fried egg). “Light Helpin’s” include oatmeal, biscuits & gravy, single pancake, single waffle and a la carte bacon, sausage, ham, goetta and eggs.

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OPENED: Red’s Hamburger Shop

Longtime Butler County restaurant Red’s Hamburger Shop on U.S. 127 returned to the Butler County dining scene in February.

Located at 103 S. Riverside Drive in New Miami, just north of Hamilton, the restaurant traces its roots back to the early 1960s. It was briefly Mel’s Diner last decade before reopening last week under its old moniker.

The restaurant’s new menu features a plethora of breakfast options, plus a variety of burgers, sandwiches, side orders, soups, salads, drinks and desserts.

MORE: Longtime Butler County hamburger restaurant reopens under old name

OPENED: Joella’s Hot Chicken

Joella's Hot Chicken opened Feb. 23 in Deerfield Twp. The newest location of Louisville-based fast-casual restaurant is located in a 4,500-square-foot storefront at 5016 Deerfield Blvd. in the Deerfield Towne Center. It offers seating for 140 people including an outdoor patio that will open in warmer months.

The new restaurant is the 16th location for the dining chain, now the largest hot chicken restaurant brand in the United States with stores in Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. This is the third location in the Greater Cincinnati Tri-State area.

Joella’s Hot Chicken is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, and kids eat free every Tuesday beginning at 4 p.m. with a purchase of a Chicken Plate, Big Sammie or salad.

MORE: New restaurant to open in Warren County with free-chicken-for-a-year deal

ANNOUNCED: Milk Jar Cafe

Hyde Park’s Milk Jar Cafe plans to open a second location by July at 7743-D Tylersville Road in West Chester Twp., according to co-owner Jimmy Lin.

Milk Jar Cafe serves authentic bubble tea, Thai-rolled ice cream and a cereal bar with offerings like Cinnamon Apple Pie, which includes Apple Jacks, Cinnamon Toast Crunch and graham crackers with a caramel drizzle, and Choco Loco, which includes Reese's Puffs, Cookie Crisp, M&M's and chocolate chips. Cereals also include make-your-own options. Popular teas include Classic Ceylon Black Milk Tea, Jasmine Green Milk Tea, Mango Jasmine Fruit Tea and Strawberry Matcha Latte.

Ice cream at the Hyde Park location includes flavors like Cookie Monster, (Oreo with vanilla, matcha or coffee), Monkey Business (banana and nutella); Unicorn Poop (Fruity Pebbles and caramel); and Java Lava (condensed milk with coffee). Toppings are unlimited and include more than 40 from which to choose including cereals, candy, cookies & nuts, fruit and drizzles.

The full menu for Milk Jar Cafe's West Chester location has yet to be finalized, he said. Size limitations mean it likely will not include ice cream, but will include bubble tea, poke and grilled food, Lin said.

MORE: Cafe serving ice cream, bubble tea, cereal and more proposes expansion in Butler County

Want to let Butler County know about restaurants that are opening or closing? Write to eric.schwartzberg@coxinc.com

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