New barbeque restaurant coming to Newport on the Levee this fall

Shiners on the Levee rendering. Photo via Newport on the Levee.

Kentucky native Kevin Dailey is bringing his 20 years in the hospitality industry to Newport on the Levee when he opens barbeque restaurant Shiners on the Levee.

Located in the 8,400-square-foot space on the corner of 3rd Street near the Purple People Bridge, Shiners will host live country music and entertainment when it opens in the fall.

The restaurant is a traditional smokehouse with a barbeque-inspired menu including shareable appetizers, salads, sandwiches, smoked meats and sides.

“The Levee is an untapped jewel with so much potential to be the entertainment anchor of Northern Kentucky,” Daley said. “North American Property’s investment in the property has led to it doing a complete 180 and filling a recreational gap on the Kentucky side of the Ohio River.”

Shiners on the Levee will offer lunch and dinner seven days a week. On the weekends, it serves as an after-hours bar with live event programming such as music, line dancing and karaoke. 

Dailey is planning to host the staff for a training in Las Vegas so employees can have hospitality training and learn barbecuing techniques.

“The Levee used to be known for having great music venues, and we are so excited for Shiners to bring back live entertainment alongside a great dining experience,” said Regan Thomas, restaurant and retail leasing representative at the Levee. 

The inside of Shiners on the Levee will feature a central bar surrounded by a stage and raised, reserved seating. Outside, a 3,800-square-foot patio space will include elements such as a firepit, picnic tables with bench seating, LED screens and a dedicated patio bar. The restaurant is being designed by Reztark Design Studio and the general contractor is Turner Construction Company.

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“This region has grown and transformed so much over the years, and it’s so inspiring to see all the new businesses springing up throughout the market,” Dailey said. “Having the opportunity to come home and build this brand from the ground up with my family and friends by my side is a real dream come true.”