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Popular Covington Chefs Take Over Operations of RiverCenter Restaurants

The restaurants Fire, Biscuits to Burgers, and Butler's Pantry will now be operated by two popular Covington chefs.

Mitch Arens, the executive chef at Coppin's inside Hotel Covington, and Stephen Williams, owner of Bouquet in Mainstrasse Village, have become investors in RiverCenter Entertainment Venues (affiliated with Corporex, a Covington-based development firm), which operates the three restaurants on the plaza level of the RiverCenter towers.

According to a news release, Williams and Arens will take over operations of the three places.

“The opportunity to partner with (Corporex chairman 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.”

“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,” Williams said. “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.”

The new enterprise, yet to be named, will also manage Bouquet, on Main Street in Covington's Mainstrasse Village, and Williams's forthcoming new venue located at RiverHaus apartments at Fifth and Main streets, which is to 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," said Arens. 

The RiverCenter venues will get new menus, local food sourcing, fresh to table offerings, and healthy options, a news release said.

-Staff report