“Hey, how’s your mom ‘n ’em?” This question was often asked by Tony and Austin Ferrari’s father and has become an inside joke among their family.
The two brothers decided to take their love of family and combine it with their love of food and drinks to launch Mom ‘n ‘Em, a Euro-style cafe.
“Mom ‘n ‘Em is inspired by and for our mother who loves coffee and being around people,” says Co-Owner Tony Ferrari. “We have an inside joke with our family that started from 700 WLW when Gary Burbank started the show off with ‘Hey, how’s your mom ‘n em.’ My dad would ask us that everyday and still listens to that station all day.”
According to Ferrari, Mom ‘n ‘Em is a place you could spend all day eating, working, drinking, or just hanging out.
“We are a coffee shop with a full liquor license, bottle shop to go, and safe place for everyone,” he says. “We have a unique selection of tinned fishes from Spain and Portugal, our own espresso blend ‘bro spro’ roasted by Deeper Roots, and our Pinot Noir Rose ‘Brose’ we make in Santa Barbara with Graham Tatomer.”
Mom ‘n ‘Em is an idea that the brothers love and want to share with everyone – and it just so happens to be in a renovated old house in Camp Washington, a community that is close to the brothers’ hearts.
While the Ferrari brothers are not new to the entrepreneur scene in Cincinnati, Mom ‘n ‘Em is brand new to the community, opening its doors on Mother’s Day. “That means every year we can celebrate our anniversary on Mother’s Day along with all the wonderful moms out there,” says Tony.
The menu at Mom ‘n ‘Em is coffee forward, with signature Franklins cold brew flavored with coconut and a touch of milk. There are about 75 different types of wine, beer, rotating cheese and salami, thick cut toasts, and the already famous “Dirty Nati” egg sandwich.
“Wash it down with mom’s secret milkshake, a boozy concoction that tastes like Girl Scout Thin Mints, or some of our favorite cocktails,” says Ferrari. “We really do pack a lot into one place and have everything you need.”
The Ferrari brothers are proud of the space they’ve found in Mom ‘n ‘Em. Ferrari says it’s a space that helps customers feel like they’re hanging out at a friend’s house, drinking good wine, listening to great tunes, and snacking on simple, well done food.
If you’re interested in expanding your wine palette with Mom ‘n Em, the brothers also offer a wine club. “You’re not stuck with just one wine or winery, you will never get the same bottle in our club,” says Ferrari. “It’s a beautiful mix of great juice from all over the world. We have a monthly pick up of 2 wines for $50, 4 for $75, or 2 bottles for $250 for big ballers that love rare, hard-to-find stuff. Being a member, you receive free monthly tastings on the day of pickup, and free corkage when you come hang out. It’s a win-win for everyone.”
Ferrari says that currently, the brothers are looking to just enjoy their time with Mom ‘n ‘Em. There are plans for outdoor seating in a well-designed eco-friendly green space with a dog area, bike racks, and nature in mind, as well as bistro nights where everything is cooked on an open fire for a family-style set-up. “It’s a living, growing thing, and we are excited to share it all with the community,” he adds.
You can visit Mom ‘n ‘Em at 3128 Colerain Avenue at Bates Avenue in Camp Washington, right off the Hopple Street exit.