Tim Hensley knew there was great value in the resources he’d collected over a 25-year career in the homebuilding industry, the vintage doors, old-fashioned fixtures, stone, building materials and even a fireplace. He just needed the right place to put everything.
Earlier this past fall, the owner and president of Hensley Homes, creator of restaurant concepts as well as multi-million-dollar homes, reapplied a handpicked selection of such property into a neighborhood tavern concept at his Montgomery Road shopping center, Bucks Tavern.
Given the tremendous reception the market has provided, he and his partner, Daniel Egan, are considering expanding via a franchise structure across Greater Cincinnati.
“I was looking for a tenant to stabilize the shopping center, add value to the property and create an attractive place for a neighborhood spot, a place where people can meet, eat, great, and have a good conversation. Now it looks like we might be doing a little more,” said Hensley.
The 3,000-square-foot restaurant at the 11,000-square-foot shopping center can be doubled, adding an outdoor patio and private dining room. The concept could be franchised, given the right situation and the potential influx of new investors.
In the meantime, Bucks Tavern has accomplished much in just the four short months since Hensley and restaurant industry veteran Daniel Egan opened their doors in the 20 Mile Stand section of town. Since September, Deerfield’s best and hottest neighborhood tavern has:
– Succeeded in a tough industry, amidst a brutal economic climate;
– Created a entirely new concept for the 20 Mile Stand region, filling a void in the market;
– Generated an economic engine for 32 employees, half of whom work full-time;
– Provided an eco-friendly platform for reusable materials;
– Bucked the negative news trend of restaurants closings all over Cincinnati.
“We’ve hit on the right combination: a great place for lunch, to watch sports, and to enjoy it all as a family, considering we fit into many families’ budgets price-wise,” Hensley added.
In the short time that the neighborhood eatery has been open, the owners have seen the popularity of Buck’s explode.
The Hensley/Egan team estimate the restaurant at the southern gateway to Deerfield Township could generate up to $1 million in sales its first year.
Egan, like his partner Hensley, is an old hand at the restaurant business, sharpening his skills over a 20-year management career earned primarily at chains such as Houlihan’s, Shell’s Seafood and Famous Dave’s.
Egan supervised clusters of restaurants and all their personnel, handling real estate site selection, assembling management teams and supervising quality control initiatives.
Hensley provided the inspiration: the Cincinnati native was the creative genius behind legendary Cincinnati nightspots Sycamore Gardens in Over-the-Rhine, Longworth’s in Mt. Adams and the now-closed Chapter 13 nightclub in Mt. Adams. Egan provides the day-to-day operational expertise.
“My strengths are in operational management, P and Ls, strategic planning and financial management, but I’ve also been fortunate enough to be involved in the staffing and day-to-day business of running a restaurant,” Egan said. “I just love the restaurant business. This is what I do.”
PARTNERS AT BUCKS TAVERN SHARE SIMILAR RESTAURANT BACKGROUNDS
Egan, who lives nearby, noticed Hensley opening up the restaurant earlier this year.
As a lifelong restaurant industry veteran, Egan was considering the possibility of opening his own place at the time.
As fate would have it, the men have become partners. Hensley’s resume is well-known throughout Greater Cincinnati, as evidenced by Hensley Homes, the luxury homebuilder still quite active on the residential development scene. Egan brings a wealth of experience as a restaurant manager who has:
– Supervised all new restaurant development for Houlihan’s Restaurant Group as a Franchise Director then Director of Operations for 15 years, pushing two new eateries past $4 million in their first year of operation while hiring all management teams and coordinating all construction-related responsibilities;
– Led the turnaround of nine Shell’s Seafood restaurants in Cincinnati, Columbus and Indianapolis, realigning management teams to boost sales and decrease costs;
– Directed the openings of three Famous Dave’s franchise restaurants, recruiting, hiring and coordinating all management teams while establishing budgets and a comprehensive program focused on cost control and exceeding customer expectations.
The restaurant is open seven days a week, serving up tasty lunches and delicious dinners with the freshest of everything: home-made chili, hand-patted burgers, hand-breaded chicken tenders and all-natural white fish sandwiches are complemented by friendly, knowledgeable servers and a laidback crowd.
The sports fans have been digging the 12 big-screen TVs that beckon the Who Dey and Cincinnati Bearcat faithful, amongst all the other local teams. A complete children’s menu is available, as is a full-service bar that stays open well past midnight on busy weekday nights and weekends.
HENSLEY CELEBRATES 25 YEARS AS LUXURY HOMEBUILDER IN 2010
On a related note, Hensley is celebrating his 25-year anniversary at Hensley Homes this year. The luxury homebuilder is a HOMEARAMA veteran, having built multi-million-dollar homes at places such as Long Cove, River’s Bend, Vintage Club and all over Indian Hill. His homes are built in premier, high-quality home construction style, stressing the importance of superior materials, tested techniques, old-world craftsmanship and quality above all else.
Each is designed by Paul Studer of Studer Residential designs, recognizing the importance of understanding a homeowner’s personality in order to best suit their needs.
For more information, please visit the website at http://www.BucksTavern.com, call (513) 677-3511 or just stop on by the restaurant, located in the 20 Mile Stand region of Deerfield Township. The address is listed in Loveland, though the restaurant is in Deerfield Township, at 3299 West State Route 22 and 3 (Montgomery Road), Loveland, Ohio 45140.
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