MORTAR Mess Hall


What is the MORTAR Mess Hall?

This kitchen represents a partnership between hungry entrepreneurs and a community that embraces them. The chefs preparing your food are graduates of MORTAR, a hub for entrepreneurship that enables the under-served to succeed. Together, we are creating opportunities and building a future for driven, passionate people. So eat up, we guarantee they’re serving something delicious.

Grab a bite and support your community.

Current Entrepreneurs

Pata Roja Taqueria

Cuisine: Tacos

Operated By: Derrick Braziel

Serving Up: Al Pastor Tacos

From Derrick: “Pata Roja translates to “Red Leg” in Spanish. Cincinnati is the home to baseball’s first (and best) team, the Cincinnati Reds, who also carry the nickname, the Red Legs. Pata Roja is our fusion between Mexico and Cincinnati.”

Paityn’s Place

Cuisine: Soul Food

Operated By: Canita Alexander

Serving Up: Pulled Pork and Chicken Sliders, Loaded Nachos, and Metts

Amigos Tacos

Cuisine: Tacos

Operated By: Ritchie Arana and Family

Serving Up: Tacos that taste as authentic as ones you’d find in Los Angeles or Mexico!

Blue Light Coneys

Cuisine: Hot Dogs!

Operated By: Kevin, the hot dog guy – a local institution in OTR!

Serving Up: Hot Dogs, Walking Tacos, Chili Dogs