COVINGTON, Ky. — Mitch Arens, executive chef of Coppin’s Restaurant, and Stephen Williams, owner of Bouquet Restaurant in Covington, have become investors in RiverCenter Entertainment Venues, which operates three venues on the Plaza of RiverCenter. Arens and Williams will take over operations of those three venues: Fire, Biscuits to Burgers and Butler’s Pantry.
RiverCenter Entertainment Ventures is a subsidiary of the real-estate focused investment company, Corporex, founded by Bill Butler.
Arens and Stephens are renowned chefs who want to build a company that provides diverse menus and appeals to diverse tastes and people.
“The opportunity to partner with Mr. (Bill) Butler and to build for the future is a dream come true,” said Arens. “Stephen and I will have the financial support we needed to take such a big step, and to execute on our dreams.”
According to Williams, “Everything about the existing restaurant facilities at RiverCenter is of the highest quality and we will bring our magic touch to make them come alive with taste and excitement. That is our aim.”
“Bouquet Restaurant will benefit as well from purchasing power of five rather than one restaurant, and this opportunity makes room for the managers of Bouquet to step up to greater roles and career advancement,” said Williams.
The new enterprise, yet to be named, will also manage the very popular Bouquet Restaurant located in Main Strasse and a new venue to be opened in the new River Haus Apartments project under construction at Fifth and Main streets. That business will be called Spoon.
They will also design three more venues to be developed on the Plaza at the Towers of RiverCenter where Fire and Butler’s Pantry are located, “but first we will make sure we are cooking with Fire,” Arens said.
The RiverCenter venues will get new menus, local food sourcing, fresh to table offerings, and healthy options will be tastefully and creatively prepared.