Bellevue Gold Star to Reopen Monday, August 10
Gold Star is set to reopen its Bellevue location on Monday, August 10.
The space at 47 Donnermeyer Drive was closed earlier this summer for renovation.
When it reopens, those renovations and a new menu will be on display.
In addition to its iconic chili and coney dishes, Gold Star will now serve grilled-to-order burgers, loaded fries, double-decker sandwiches, chicken sandwiches, salads, and milkshakes.
The renovation includes new signage and a new drive-thru.
First-responders and city officials from Bellevue and Dayton will have access to a preview of the renovated location on Sunday, August 9, from 4 to 8 p.m. Each guest will receive a special invitation for a complimentary meal (up to a $10 value).
Additionally, Gold Star Bellevue will provide members of the Fort Thomas and Newport police and fire departments a complimentary meal vouchers to be redeemed when the restaurant officially reopens to the public.
The location is owned and operated by Rami Nwaisser, who also operates Gold Star locations in Florence, Walton, Crittenden, and the Cincinnati neighborhood of Bond Hill.
He said that he is excited to show off the changes - but one thing that he hopes never changes is his friendship with "Chili Rick" Schmidt, who previously owned the Bellevue spot.
Schmidt started his career with Gold Star as a part-time employee in Latonia. He moved to the Bellevue location in 1976 and eventually became its owner/operator until 2017 when he sold it to Nwaisser.
Schmidt, who still has keys to the store, says Nwaisser’s commitment to maintaining the restaurant’s connection to the community was among the reasons he chose to sell to him versus other potential buyers.
“I wanted to sell to somebody who has their heart in the business and would do a good job and he’s an amazing operator,” Schmidt said. “If you stay involved in your school systems and community, that’s where you’ll get your loyalty from.”
Gold Star CEO Roger David said that the restaurant’s longevity is a testament not only to its service, but the commitment to the neighborhood Schmidt and Nwaisser revere so highly.
“We at Gold Star continually say that our guests are not just guests – they are our friends and family,” said David. “The near 50 years Bellevue has been in business is a testament to how, when you treat people like family, they will support you like one of their own. With these new renovations and the addition of the expanded menu, we hope to welcome our extended family to bring theirs and continue the chili love for generations to come.”