The Rookwood restaurant honors the rich history of the building in which it is housed-the original Rookwood Pottery company. The current New American style dining restaurant was opened and founded by Cincinnati native Joseph Creighton in 2008. He brought a new style to the local dining scene - what he likes to call "the un-cool, industrial handmade experience." Inspired by concepts of simplicity and functionality Creighton had to think creatively and use the things that he had available.
Immersed in Cincinnati culture, and looking back historically to where things began, Creighton wanted to create an inviting authentic atmosphere for real people. His passion for design and love of hand building helped him to cultivate a welcoming environment for dining and entertaining.
Special touches, like Edison light bulbs, Tolix barstools, reclaimed wooden tables, chef driven comfort food and craft cocktails, were new at the time - nobody else has attempted this type of theme in Cincinnati. Paired with a staff of artistic individuals who were encouraged to share their styles and personalities; flannel clad, bearded hippies pouring handmade craft cocktails, and welcoming guests as if they were coming home, was a radical step in a new direction for dining in Cincinnati.
Creighton revitalized one of the Cincinnati's great historic landmarks. He didn't stop with The Rookwood - he has also designed and owns Cheapside Cafe in downtown Cincinnati and will be opening a new neighborhood bar on Walnut Street in OTR in 2016.