• Sun. Aug 9th, 2020

Mahogany’s founder Liz Rogers opens Wing Champ in Sharonville

By WCPO staff 

Liz Rogers and Wing Champ exterior. Photo provided by WCPO photo

SHARONVILLE — At the Wing Champ soft opening, owner Liz Rogers said she believes her new Sharonville eatery will be the start of a triumphant second act. 

Rogers, who walked away from a Banks restaurant project owing hundreds of thousands of dollars to the city of Cincinnati, is trying again with a concept she calls “Cincinnati’s one-and-only juke joint.” 

“We’re going to be bringing a lot of jazz, a lot of blues and some really good Southern-style cooking,” Rogers said. “I’m just, like, really excited, just about the new chapter of my life, being a restaurateur and an executive chef right now.” 

Rogers said she hopes it will be a place folks can unwind while enjoying live music and down-home eats along a popular Sharonville thoroughfare. 

Mahogany’s at the Banks, opened in 2012 with the help of a $300,000 loan and $684,000 grant from the city. When it closed in 2014, then-City Manager Harry Black made a deal in 2015 to forgive almost all of the city money she received, only asking Rogers to repay $100,000. By mid-2018, she had repaid $3,200. 

Despite the setbacks, Rogers says she’s looking ahead at new successes. 

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