Gracie’s is about community and the energy that comes from bringing good people together to enjoy good food. Named after Grace Vitori and honoring her and her husband Nick, who for years were the cornerstone of Mayfield, with their small grocery. More than a local store, Nick and Grace brought kindness and love to their customers, caring for many as extended family.

OUR TEAM

The Gracie’s team brings a unique combination of restaurant experience, excitement and a new tradition to Middletown.

BRIAN CLARK
EXECUTIVE CHEF

Brian’s cooking life starting at a young age, becoming head chef of his household as a kid.

Chef Brian has been with Gracie’s since the doors opened, starting as sous chef and co-creating the amazing menu items that put the restaurant on the map. Named Head Chef in 2019, Brian is taking the reins and bringing years of putting his heart on a plate to Middletown. 

Chef Brian formerly worked at great restaurants around the Cincinnati area, most recently at Trio in Kenwood. He opened Red Star Tavern in Mason, and worked with the Queen City Restaurant Group at Watson Brothers, Tellers of Hyde Park, and Main Street Brewery. He has played nearly every role in the restaurant space from dishwasher to line cook and fuses his passion and experience to create food that satisfies the heart and soul.

AMI VITORI
OWNER

Named after her grandmother, Gracie’s is a project of love for food, family and her favorite community: Middletown.

Experienced executive and entrepreneur with 20+ years of success in the financial, entertainment, non-profit and communications arenas. Born and raised in Middletown, worked as an investment banker on Wall Street, an executive and producer for 10 years in the entertainment business, ran marketing for non-profit Rock the Vote, and ultimately started Vitori Trend, a specialized branding and strategic communications firm. Has helped politicians, government agencies, non-profits and small businesses build their dream, and with the purchase of 1131 Central Avenue, has started her own.

Gracie’s is located inside of Torchlight Pass,
an exciting new destination in downtown Middletown. Built in 1955 as a JC Penney, and most recently operated as the TV Middletown building, Torchlight Pass benefits from Gracie’s as the cornerstone of for the block attracting diners from near and far.