Gracie’s is about community and the energy that comes from bringing good people together to enjoy good food. Transitioning from the historic vibrancy of the past to the vitality and possibility of the future, Gracie’s will become a destination for Middletonians and beyond, an upscale gathering place with a neighborhood feel, conveyed through the strong, clean lines of architectural finishes and the innovative flavors of the comfort food-inspired menu items.
The Gracie’s team brings a unique combination of restaurant experience, excitement and a new tradition to Middletown.
Hospitality runs in Max’s family; his passion comes from being 4th generation in his family in the restaurant business.
Max started off bussing tables and washing dishes in the family business, eventually helping manage the La Normandie Tavern and Chop House. He cut his teeth in New York as a food + beverage manager at The Ritz-Carlton Battery Park, and as manager at
Primehouse NY, BLT Prime and BLT Steak. He brings multi-unit management, key systems development, budgetary and P+L controls, and experience as Wine Director. Returning to Cincinnati, he has helped lead local restaurants Trio Bistro and Palomino, rounding out over 16 years of hospitality management.
PARTNER + BRAND MANAGER
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 Nick’s opportunity to take years of casual and fine dining sous chef experience to unleash his creativity in driving Gracie’s menu.
Nick’s comes to Gracie’s from Trio Restaurant in Cincinnati, where he was the sous chef executing an expansive and diverse menu. Prior to Trio, he was in Columbus working at Barley’s Smokehouse where he mastered BBQ and the slow and low style. Having attended culinary school, Nick brings an inventive approach to comfort food cooked from the heart and finished with sophistication. He has played nearly every role in the restaurant space from dishwasher to line cook and marries his experience and dedication
with fresh ideas to deliver a unique and delicious dining experience.
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.