From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Fydeaux)
Posted: March 17, 2005 at 10:31:21
Really had to wrack my remaining brains for this as I moved away in 1982 and havent visited since 1994. I recall that the entrance to the alley was probably off of Walnut Street just north of 6th. I vaguely remember a movie theater across Walnut from the alley that I'm pretty sure closed & became a big Skyline Chili shortly before I moved away. I also remember some kind of small piano bar or something right across the alley for the entrance to the Barn. At the time I lived in Clifton and worked in Carew Tower, and would have driven home past this alley every day.
At the time, it seemed that most people prefered either the Montgomery Road Ribs King or Walt's (somewhere in Northern Kentucky). But I found the ribs at the Barn to be vastly superior, a lot meatier and not as dry as Walt's, and a much more savory sauce than the Ribs King.
I checked this area out today, sorry it took so long.
Long story short, The Barn no longer exists. I cannot tell you when it went out of business or it moved. The actual alley has been cleaned up and is now well lighted and paved with cobblestone and brick, and is considered part of Cincinnati's "backstage" entertainment area. Two restaurants (Roma Trattoria and Nicholsons) pretty much flank the northern and southern walls of the alley.
There is still a ancient downstairs bar/lounge near the entrance of this alley called the Subway. I recall that being there in 1975.
The movie theater you remember on the corner of Walnut and 6th became a Arby's for a long time, and then later was torn down as a part of the "backstage" re-construction of the area. That corner now holds a small, very expensive frou-frou restaurant called Bella's
Hope this answers your questions