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Cult favorite Cincinnati-style Skyline chili coming to Lexington

Do you like a three-way or a four-way? Or even a five-way? That’s chili on spaghetti with cheese, plus beans and onions.
Do you like a three-way or a four-way? Or even a five-way? That’s chili on spaghetti with cheese, plus beans and onions. Skylinechili.com

Fans of traditional Cincinnati-style chili can rejoice: Lexington is getting a new chili chain.

Skyline Chili is coming to Richmond Road. On Wednesday, a permit was applied for a building at 2850 Richmond Road for a 4,855-square-foot, $700,000 restaurant.

No word yet from Holland Restaurant Group, which owns Skyline, on when the restaurant might open. The company didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

The closest Skyline Chili restaurants now are in Northern Kentucky and Louisville.

“Skyline Chili is excited to bring iconic Cincinnati-style chili to the city of Lexington. Our successful franchisee, Holland Restaurant Group, will own and operate the location, which will feature a double lane drive-thru and dining room fireplace,” the company said in a statement Thursday night. “As of now, we do not have an opening date set, but we look forward to joining the Lexington community and serving our classic Coneys and Ways to new and loyal customers.”

Skyline is famous for its chili cheese coneys and its “three-ways” — secret-recipe chili served over spaghetti and topped with shredded cheese. Add onions or beans for a “four-way” and both for a “five-way,” according to the Skyline Chili menu.

What is Cincinnati-style chili? Unlike the traditional Texas version, Cincinnati chili has Mediterranean spices including cinnamon, cloves, allspice, chocolate and bay leaves. Geniuskitchen.com has a recipe for Skyline copycat chili, if you just can’t wait or can’t make the drive to pick up the real deal.

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