“Alfresco At Town Hall” is the theme of an innovative dining concept proposed by EP Investment Group LLC for the former Bolton & Lunsford Funeral Home at 3042 Harrison Avenue, directly across the street from Westwood’s historic Town Hall.
The proposal would convert the two 1920s-era funeral home structures into two restaurants, a mid-priced Italian dining restaurant named Terrazza Trattoria occupying the north building, and an affordable Mexican grill-style restaurant and bar named Paloma’s in the south building. The dining complex is expected to open in spring 2023 after thorough renovation of the existing buildings and extensive landscaping are completed.
“We intend to retain the existing structures of the former Bolton & Lunsford Funeral Home to bring two new local restaurant concepts to Westwood’s front door,” said Frank Eversole, co-owner of EP Investment Group. “ This project will become the ‘dining room’ to Westwood’s beautiful ‘living room’ which sits across Harrison Avenue.”
Eversole and Rick Pouliot, owners of EP Investments, are responsible for the remarkable success of the upscale steak and seafood restaurant, Ivory House, located a block away from the “Alfresco” project. Ivory House quickly became known for its quality and service. In addition to being named “Best New Restaurant” in CityBeat’s “Best of Cincinnati 2021,” it has also garnered a reputation as a special occasion destination.
In developing the former funeral home property, EP Investments will work in partnership with the Westwood Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation (WestCURC), Westwood’s designated non-profit community development corporation. WestCURC was assisted by the City of Cincinnati Department of Community and Economic Development and the Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority in securing the property for development.
“The ‘Alfresco’ proposal nicely complements our existing neighborhood attractions,” said WestCURC President Greg Hand. “It does not duplicate any current offerings and will attract additional users and new guests into our existing businesses. EP Investments’ outstanding track record and commitment to Westwood assure us that this concept will be an important addition to our entertainment district.”
Westwood is Cincinnati’s largest neighborhood with a diverse and geographically distributed population of approximately 30,000 residents. Seven historic buildings, collectively known as the Westwood Town Center historic district, surround the former Bolton & Lunsford funeral home. Residential neighborhoods surround the business district and lend the area its walkable, welcoming appeal.
The Bolton & Lunsford Funeral Home traces its origins to 1938 when Wain A. Bolton opened the Bolton Funeral Home at 3042 Harrison. He was joined by his son-in-law James Lunsford in 1962. At one time, the family-operated concern provided service at three locations, and three generations of the Bolton and Lunsford families were involved in management. The last viewing held in the facility was in early 2020.