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New Owners of Green Lantern Hope for Return to Past Success

Ed and Eddie Gabriel "play a lot of golf" at Twin Oaks in Latonia and so were pretty well familiar with the Green Lantern bar & restaurant at the corner for 4oth & Decoursey.

When an opportunity in late 2011 presented them with a chance to buy it, they jumped.

The father and son have plenty of restaurant experience and currently own Average Joe's in Ft. Mitchell where they live as well as the Brass Rail in Norwood, Ohio.

Since opening on Saint Patrick's Day in 2012, the focus has been on restoring the famed local landmark to its old glory.

"It's cleaner now," Eddie Gabriel said in an interview with The River City News. "We definitely give better service, the food is more consistent, and the overall feeling people get when they come in here is a warm and inviting atmosphere."

The Green Lantern is also non-smoking making it an attractive place to take children during its dinner service. No lunch is offered yet but may be in the future.

Gabriel said that he and his dad have brought back a lot of familiar old favorites that longtime fans of the establishment will remember. The fish is back, the fried pickles, and the wings with the secret sauce.

"I think it's price right. I don't think anything is too expensive," Gabriel said. "We wanted that down-home comfort food, something you could get at grandma's kitchen."

An updated menu will debut in September.

Since reopening the once shuttered restaurant and bar, Gabriel said that business has been good. "A lot of the kids love coming in. We've had a lot of catered parties. Overall, business has been good."

Gabriel hopes that The Green Lantern's proximity to the golf course and the neighborhood will help maintain a steady flow of business. The building, which the Gabriels purchased, also has an apartment.

The kitchen is open from 5 - 9 p.m. and the bar is open late most nights with karaoke on Wednesday and Thursday, Specials are offered daily.

Currently, Ed and Eddie are working to get to know their neighbors near the Latonia landmark.

"It's hard to bring back but so many people have that memory of the old Green Lantern and we're just trying to bring that back," Gabriel said. "We think in the next three to four years we can get it back. It's a marathon, not a sprint."

"You have to hold your own and hang in there."

Written by Michael Monks, editor & publisher of The River City News

Photo: The Green Lantern/provided