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Herb & Thelma's Celebrates 80th Anniversary

Herb & Thelma's Tavern, the popular Covington hole-in-the-wall burger and bar destination, turns 80 years old this year.

Founded in 1939 by Henry "Heine" Boehmker at the south end of Pike Street in the city's Lewisburg neighborhood, Heine's Cafe would become Herb & Thelma's in 1965.

“This has to be one of the longest lasting small businesses in the city and we want to do something special to  commemorate that,” said Joe Fessler, who has owned the tavern since 2015. “When you think about the generations of people who have enjoyed themselves here over the last 80 years, it’s overwhelming.”

The anniversary celebration will take place from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, May 18 at the tavern located at the corner of Pike Street and Western Avenue in Covington. There will be no admission charge and free  parking will be available in the Be Concerned lot on Pike Street across from the tavern. 

Fessler plans to have an outdoor beer garden in the rear of the historic building that will feature one of the popular beers brewed in Cincinnati when Heine's Cafe first opened. 

-Staff report

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