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Celestial Bar Runs Dry

The Celestial Steakhouse, a staple of Mt. Adams dining and of jazz music in Cincinnati, has lost their liquor license, at least temporarily. The owner, Chanaka De Lanerolle, fell behind on his taxes and his liquor license was revoked, according to Ohio Liquor Control’s website and court records. (ETA: There is a transfer on record, so hopefully they’ll be getting it back soon. Thanks to the commenter “In the Know” for the tip!)

De Lanerolle has had two other restaurants close recently: Apsara and Mt. Adams Fish House, and his 2009 venture in Dayton, Sai Bai, has still not opened. Calls to the Celestial have not been returned. They do remain open despite the lack of liquor license and are taking reservations.

Hat tip to a reader who let me know after calling for reservations.