Sitwell's Coffee House

★★★★☆
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513-281-7487

324 Ludlow Ave

Cincinnati, OH

45220

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Mon-Thurs 8am-1am Fri & Sat 8am-2am Sun 10am-1am
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I remember when Sitwell's was a dirty, smoky, probably ready to be condemned hole in the basement of the Ludlow apartment building that I lived in. Thank goodness times have changed! A fun place to hang out, people watch, and grab a decent drink.

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★★★★☆

I remember when Sitwell's was a dirty, smoky, probably ready to be condemned hole in the basement of the Ludlow apartment building that I lived in. Thank goodness times have changed! A fun place to hang out, people watch, and grab a decent drink.

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A wide variety of drinks available, hot, cold, spiked. Naturally there are a lot of coffee drinks but there are other things such as fruit smoothies, and whatnot for you non-coffee drinkers out there.

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A wide variety of drinks available, hot, cold, spiked. Naturally there are a lot of coffee drinks but there are other things such as fruit smoothies, and whatnot for you non-coffee drinkers out there.

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This left of center, independently owned coffee shop serves a variety of coffee, snacks, and malt beverages. The atmosphere is a mix of modern technology and bohemian style. The service is excellent, the prices are competitive with larger coffee chains, and the environment is nice. Best of all it stays open really late.

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This left of center, independently owned coffee shop serves a variety of coffee, snacks, and malt beverages. The atmosphere is a mix of modern technology and bohemian style. The service is excellent, the prices are competitive with larger coffee chains, and the environment is nice. Best of all it stays open really late.

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The owner of Sitwells is a terrible person. She makes fun of minorities and heavy people and she tears down employees in front of customers and other workers. I have never met a woman so unpleasant and seemingly insane. I don't know how

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The owner of Sitwells is a terrible person. She makes fun of minorities and heavy people and she tears down employees in front of customers and other workers. I have never met a woman so unpleasant and seemingly insane. I don't know how

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Sitwell's is a laid back european coffee shop. The coffee drinks are to die for & the local, mostly vegetarian menu is delicious. It's a place where family & friends go to meet, students go to study, & locals go to mingle & chat with

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Sitwell's is a laid back european coffee shop. The coffee drinks are to die for & the local, mostly vegetarian menu is delicious. It's a place where family & friends go to meet, students go to study, & locals go to mingle & chat with

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I stood there with my 3 kids waiting over 6 minutes to be acknowledged as a customer! No luck! 3 employees (or perhaps it was the owner and employees) discussing how much they hated washing dishes. Well if you hate it so much, turn your

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I stood there with my 3 kids waiting over 6 minutes to be acknowledged as a customer! No luck! 3 employees (or perhaps it was the owner and employees) discussing how much they hated washing dishes. Well if you hate it so much, turn your

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I have to agree with the other reviewers. Terrible. The owner is like a walking DSM. Completely insane and very cruel to everyone--customers and employees alike. The owner also harasses pregnant women.

As for the food, good luck getting

6
★★★★★

I have to agree with the other reviewers. Terrible. The owner is like a walking DSM. Completely insane and very cruel to everyone--customers and employees alike. The owner also harasses pregnant women.

As for the food, good luck getting

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Ive lived in clifton for about six years now, I used to go into clifton all the time but recently the slow service and the totally insane owner is getting worse.

Lisa the owner just recently had a restraining order put against her by la

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Ive lived in clifton for about six years now, I used to go into clifton all the time but recently the slow service and the totally insane owner is getting worse.

Lisa the owner just recently had a restraining order put against her by la

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I was just there today with my son, getting a smoothie for him on our way to run some errands. I've lived in Clifton for 19 years and know Sitwells well, but I rarely go in because of these issues:

1. Nobody even noticed our presence

6
★★★★★

I was just there today with my son, getting a smoothie for him on our way to run some errands. I've lived in Clifton for 19 years and know Sitwells well, but I rarely go in because of these issues:

1. Nobody even noticed our presence

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I have occassionally frequented Sitwell's over the past years for its laid back coffeehouse feel. It is very comfortable with mismatched furniture and local artist work hanging on the walls and muscians playing there. I always came more

6
★★★★★

I have occassionally frequented Sitwell's over the past years for its laid back coffeehouse feel. It is very comfortable with mismatched furniture and local artist work hanging on the walls and muscians playing there. I always came more

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I have been going to Sitwell's for almost six years now, & there is no place like it in the city. It's a real, European style coffeehouse like you will find on any cute little Rue de Whatever in Paris. You can get coffee drinks, beer,

6
★★★★★

I have been going to Sitwell's for almost six years now, & there is no place like it in the city. It's a real, European style coffeehouse like you will find on any cute little Rue de Whatever in Paris. You can get coffee drinks, beer,

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Not only was the establishment crawling with cockroaches ( saw two crawling on the wall during my most recent visit), but the owner seemed to be the biggest pest of all. This woman is clearly a crazy b***h. I used to frequent this place for coffee while I was at school during the day until i settled on the fact that this woman is out of her mind. In the past year I have seen her mistreat so many fine employees that I'm sickened by the sound of her voice. Now i realize that there is temptation to be unkind to new employees when they are simply not working out but I have also seen some outstanding employees with increadible work ethic end up on her bad side. One of her longer standing employees i have seen training countless of the new hires. Still some how every time the manager comes across i'm forced to listen to this a$$hole insulting the poor girls intelligence and schooling. This woman is uncomparable in the way she treats people. It seems that every day she walks into her coffee shop she picks one of her employees to torture relentlessly. I've seen her make one of her employees cry once before and then told the girl to "go to the back she was making a scene". I witnessed her curse out the previous manager, her daughter, until she quit on the spot. She yells at servers while they are assisting customers. In the back of my head I've always thought that if working there was constantly as bad as it seemed that the employees could simply quit, but i realize it is the luck of the draw with this woman. I have seen the owner act like a normal human from time to time, however it is like a switch in her head. The woman clearly has some undiognosed mental disorder and will agree with that should you mention it to her, but simply does not care. My latest visit made me realize that she sometimes shows the same cold heart to her customers, the people keeping her in business. As i was at the to go counter waiting for my coffee another customer walked through the door. The owner asked the man to leave saying "bye bye now we don't have anything" , after he left she turned to one of her employees and said " he's a stupid f***ing junkie". I would like to say for the record that I have sat at sitwells numerous times and seen this man often come in to purchase coffee and he was most definatly not a junkie or in anyway a harm to the community. I then decided I would prefer takilng my business somewhere employees and customers are treated with respect.

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★☆☆☆☆

Not only was the establishment crawling with cockroaches ( saw two crawling on the wall during my most recent visit), but the owner seemed to be the biggest pest of all. This woman is clearly a crazy b***h. I used to frequent this place for coffee while I was at school during the day until i settled on the fact that this woman is out of her mind. In the past year I have seen her mistreat so many fine employees that I'm sickened by the sound of her voice. Now i realize that there is temptation to be unkind to new employees when they are simply not working out but I have also seen some outstanding employees with increadible work ethic end up on her bad side. One of her longer standing employees i have seen training countless of the new hires. Still some how every time the manager comes across i'm forced to listen to this a$$hole insulting the poor girls intelligence and schooling. This woman is uncomparable in the way she treats people. It seems that every day she walks into her coffee shop she picks one of her employees to torture relentlessly. I've seen her make one of her employees cry once before and then told the girl to "go to the back she was making a scene". I witnessed her curse out the previous manager, her daughter, until she quit on the spot. She yells at servers while they are assisting customers. In the back of my head I've always thought that if working there was constantly as bad as it seemed that the employees could simply quit, but i realize it is the luck of the draw with this woman. I have seen the owner act like a normal human from time to time, however it is like a switch in her head. The woman clearly has some undiognosed mental disorder and will agree with that should you mention it to her, but simply does not care. My latest visit made me realize that she sometimes shows the same cold heart to her customers, the people keeping her in business. As i was at the to go counter waiting for my coffee another customer walked through the door. The owner asked the man to leave saying "bye bye now we don't have anything" , after he left she turned to one of her employees and said " he's a stupid f***ing junkie". I would like to say for the record that I have sat at sitwells numerous times and seen this man often come in to purchase coffee and he was most definatly not a junkie or in anyway a harm to the community. I then decided I would prefer takilng my business somewhere employees and customers are treated with respect.

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have been a Sitwells Regular off and on for the past 11 years. The stuff that I have heard and seen for those 11 years makes me grateful for the people who are willing to live the American Dream. Sometimes people need to get the whole story. The owner has been through a lot. People need to realize that and just chill. Would you rather go to Starbucks? HUH? Every time I have been, it has been a great experience. You have to have walked in her shoes. She has put up with an uncertain future, difficult time in keeping employees, personal things. SHE IS HUMAN for CHRIST's SAKE!! I would like to see everyone who has badmouthed this place to run this place for a year. I am willing to bet a million, that y'all would not make it past 2 let alone six months. I would definately reccomend this place. It is a cool place to hang out and forget about your troubles for a while

5
★★★★★

have been a Sitwells Regular off and on for the past 11 years. The stuff that I have heard and seen for those 11 years makes me grateful for the people who are willing to live the American Dream. Sometimes people need to get the whole story. The owner has been through a lot. People need to realize that and just chill. Would you rather go to Starbucks? HUH? Every time I have been, it has been a great experience. You have to have walked in her shoes. She has put up with an uncertain future, difficult time in keeping employees, personal things. SHE IS HUMAN for CHRIST's SAKE!! I would like to see everyone who has badmouthed this place to run this place for a year. I am willing to bet a million, that y'all would not make it past 2 let alone six months. I would definately reccomend this place. It is a cool place to hang out and forget about your troubles for a while

Pros: CALM AND COURAGE UNDER FIRE!!

Cons: RUDE CUSTOMERS

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Sitwell's won my gratitude when it went smoke-free a full year ahead of the rest of the city. It since has won my loyalty because of its fresh food, relaxed atmosphere and boho charm. A great place to read, hold study group meetings, have lunch with the kids, meet friends after the movies, or run into your neighbors. No matter how long I linger over coffee, the staff never tries to hustle me off. If you need something bright, crisp and buttoned up, Sitwell's may not be for you. But if you want a welcoming place with personality, come in and "set a spell."

5
★★★★★

Sitwell's won my gratitude when it went smoke-free a full year ahead of the rest of the city. It since has won my loyalty because of its fresh food, relaxed atmosphere and boho charm. A great place to read, hold study group meetings, have lunch with the kids, meet friends after the movies, or run into your neighbors. No matter how long I linger over coffee, the staff never tries to hustle me off. If you need something bright, crisp and buttoned up, Sitwell's may not be for you. But if you want a welcoming place with personality, come in and "set a spell."

Pros: Relaxed, friendly, fresh food, quirky clientele

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After reading plenty of the reviews on here, I would like rant my own opinions that differ considerably from the negative reviews.

Firstly, what is terrible about the food? The house-made guacamole is amazing, especially as part of a gouda and guac sandwich. I would also recommend the briemato sandwich (tomatoes and brie cheese on a croissant). All the ingredients are purchased from Findlay Market and other local vendors: Shadeau Breads, Marx Bagels, etc...

Secondly, Sitwell's is not a speedy restaurant. Don't go there expecting a waiter/waitress that will seat you, cater to your every request, etc... I would say 80% of the clientele, myself included, stays for over an hour per visit. This is not fast food, nor is it even a restaurant, really. It is much more of a coffeeshop and place to relax. There is only one server for all the tables, but this only becomes an issue if you go there for the lunch rush or during a busy evening. And even during those times, the good servers provide speedy service. If the bodacious duo of Andy and Molly McGrath are working, be prepared for an excellent experience.

Thirdly, Lisa the owner is usually friendly to those who want to chat with her. And she is an ardent supporter of the Clifton neighborhood and everyone here.

Lastly, Sitwell's is a community asset. You don't stay in business for 10 years without doing something right.

5
★★★★★

After reading plenty of the reviews on here, I would like rant my own opinions that differ considerably from the negative reviews.

Firstly, what is terrible about the food? The house-made guacamole is amazing, especially as part of a gouda and guac sandwich. I would also recommend the briemato sandwich (tomatoes and brie cheese on a croissant). All the ingredients are purchased from Findlay Market and other local vendors: Shadeau Breads, Marx Bagels, etc...

Secondly, Sitwell's is not a speedy restaurant. Don't go there expecting a waiter/waitress that will seat you, cater to your every request, etc... I would say 80% of the clientele, myself included, stays for over an hour per visit. This is not fast food, nor is it even a restaurant, really. It is much more of a coffeeshop and place to relax. There is only one server for all the tables, but this only becomes an issue if you go there for the lunch rush or during a busy evening. And even during those times, the good servers provide speedy service. If the bodacious duo of Andy and Molly McGrath are working, be prepared for an excellent experience.

Thirdly, Lisa the owner is usually friendly to those who want to chat with her. And she is an ardent supporter of the Clifton neighborhood and everyone here.

Lastly, Sitwell's is a community asset. You don't stay in business for 10 years without doing something right.

Pros: Eclectic menu and interesting live music

Cons: Promotes procrastination

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i have grown up in the coffee houses of different countries and this is the most European feeling, warm space. I did like it much better in the basement of the old "Cove" but even on the sunny sided streets, it has filled my need for the distant cafe's of the Old Country. Now, i know bad service, but I have always been served at an acceptable pace by friendly servers eager to do right by me. There is only one server for the whole floor, so I always try to take that into consideration. As for the owner, i don't know her personally but she is always filled with interesting stories about her adventures in Poland and such, as she brings beverages to the street scape artists. It is also pretty cool that they have live music and events... All in all I give it a 8.7

5
★★★★★

i have grown up in the coffee houses of different countries and this is the most European feeling, warm space. I did like it much better in the basement of the old "Cove" but even on the sunny sided streets, it has filled my need for the distant cafe's of the Old Country. Now, i know bad service, but I have always been served at an acceptable pace by friendly servers eager to do right by me. There is only one server for the whole floor, so I always try to take that into consideration. As for the owner, i don't know her personally but she is always filled with interesting stories about her adventures in Poland and such, as she brings beverages to the street scape artists. It is also pretty cool that they have live music and events... All in all I give it a 8.7

Pros: Excellent Atmosphere, strong fairtrade coffee

Cons: Only one server makes for slow service, but alway w/ smile!

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Do you enjoy awful service, terrible food, and long wait times for your food? Then go to Sitwells. There is nothing redeeming or good about this restaurant. They are too cheap to hire both servers and cooks, so you wait around forever for your food. Because of this, your server is a stressed out mess who is 2 seconds away from going postal all over the 10 tables she has to wait on. Seriously, if I had to choose between get water boarded or going to sitwells, I would say "flip the gallon bucket".

1
★☆☆☆☆

Do you enjoy awful service, terrible food, and long wait times for your food? Then go to Sitwells. There is nothing redeeming or good about this restaurant. They are too cheap to hire both servers and cooks, so you wait around forever for your food. Because of this, your server is a stressed out mess who is 2 seconds away from going postal all over the 10 tables she has to wait on. Seriously, if I had to choose between get water boarded or going to sitwells, I would say "flip the gallon bucket".

Pros: They don't stick fish hooks in your eyes.

Cons: Everything

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I was visiting from NYC and remembered having seen this place on a previous visit. I had a lot of work to do and they had wi-fi so I decided to stay for a couple of hours. The service was great and the coffee was good (and cheap). HOWEVER, the owner was SO loud and abrasive to her employees, it made the atmosphere very unpleasant.

After not being able to stand her ranting and raving and barking orders at her employees, I finally went to leave. Unknown to me, she was leaving as well and as I was getting to my car - I heard her gravely, loud, spent voice yell over to me and let me know how rude it was for me to take up 2 parking spaces and then she proceeded to call me an "a$$hole", who "didn't belong in the neighborhood". I tried to explain I was concerned about getting a ticket for parking too close to the corner ( a law in a lot of places) but she said "no one is listening a$$hole" and to "get out of our neighborhood". Classy.

Whoever she is, whether its the meth/heroine/crack and/or LSD she is currently on OR has abused in the past, it has resulted in a very nasty and unkind person. She is a troll. Needless to say I won't go back.

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★☆☆☆☆

I was visiting from NYC and remembered having seen this place on a previous visit. I had a lot of work to do and they had wi-fi so I decided to stay for a couple of hours. The service was great and the coffee was good (and cheap). HOWEVER, the owner was SO loud and abrasive to her employees, it made the atmosphere very unpleasant.

After not being able to stand her ranting and raving and barking orders at her employees, I finally went to leave. Unknown to me, she was leaving as well and as I was getting to my car - I heard her gravely, loud, spent voice yell over to me and let me know how rude it was for me to take up 2 parking spaces and then she proceeded to call me an "a$$hole", who "didn't belong in the neighborhood". I tried to explain I was concerned about getting a ticket for parking too close to the corner ( a law in a lot of places) but she said "no one is listening a$$hole" and to "get out of our neighborhood". Classy.

Whoever she is, whether its the meth/heroine/crack and/or LSD she is currently on OR has abused in the past, it has resulted in a very nasty and unkind person. She is a troll. Needless to say I won't go back.

Pros: Cheap Iced Coffee - Nice Server

Cons: The Cracked Out Rude Owner

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We went to Sitwells to hear Katie Laur's band play. The band was great but the owner of the place was so rude and mean to people we ended up just leaving. I heard a rumor that she tried to get the band to give her the tips that people tossed into the guitar case. I hope thats not true but if it is, she should be ashamed and everyone should demand the money back...the food we ordered was also just awful. We ended up throwing it away after paying $12 for two coffee's. How can you mess up a couple of coffees so badly. She tried to sit 3 people down at our little one person table. When we complained that she was creating a fire trap she said, just get out of here. So we did. What a dump this place has become and it doesn't look like it is going to get any better.

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★☆☆☆☆

We went to Sitwells to hear Katie Laur's band play. The band was great but the owner of the place was so rude and mean to people we ended up just leaving. I heard a rumor that she tried to get the band to give her the tips that people tossed into the guitar case. I hope thats not true but if it is, she should be ashamed and everyone should demand the money back...the food we ordered was also just awful. We ended up throwing it away after paying $12 for two coffee's. How can you mess up a couple of coffees so badly. She tried to sit 3 people down at our little one person table. When we complained that she was creating a fire trap she said, just get out of here. So we did. What a dump this place has become and it doesn't look like it is going to get any better.

Pros: near the Esquire

Cons: rude owner, poor food, poor coffee, poor product

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Whatever happened to Sitwell's?I went into Sitwell's yesterday for a large Mocha , and walked out with a luke warm coffee to start my day off.The service used to be kickin!The energy was good in the morning .Now, when I walk in ,I see the Manager/owner being rude to employees and customers.Bad-Bad-Bad!!!!The food is not as good as it used to be.Expensive and lacking in something.Id rather go to the highland coffee house , where the service is friendly.

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★★☆☆☆

Whatever happened to Sitwell's?I went into Sitwell's yesterday for a large Mocha , and walked out with a luke warm coffee to start my day off.The service used to be kickin!The energy was good in the morning .Now, when I walk in ,I see the Manager/owner being rude to employees and customers.Bad-Bad-Bad!!!!The food is not as good as it used to be.Expensive and lacking in something.Id rather go to the highland coffee house , where the service is friendly.

Pros: eclectic menu, good location

Cons: rude manager, bad energy,service is lacking

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I don't know what's gotten into this place in the past month, but it's gone downhill. It was closed for about a week or so, for some reason, around Labor Day and ever since it's reopened every experience I've had as been...uncomfortable.

I live right around the corner, so I frequent the place. My experience this morning is a good example of what this place has to offer.

I walked in to order an iced mocha and an egg sandwich with cheese, green peppers, and onions. What I got when I left was a disgusting iced coffee (no cream, whipped cream, chocolate...and oh, by the way, it was $4.50...) and an egg sandwich with just egg and tomato. The whole thing cost a ridiculous $10.00, which did not correlate with what the menu said.

The owner (the lady that's in there all the time) is mean. She's short with customers, and loudly rude and bossy to her employees. As a customer, I felt very uncomfortable, so much so that I didn't want to confront her about the nasty mocha and wrong-order sandwich.

I ended up trashing everything on the way out the door and going to Graeter's instead. Not as cool as an atmosphere, and not as eclectic a menu, but it was calm, comfortable, and they got the coffee right.

Unless this place changes soon, I will not be returning. And I know others who feel the same way.

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★★★☆☆

I don't know what's gotten into this place in the past month, but it's gone downhill. It was closed for about a week or so, for some reason, around Labor Day and ever since it's reopened every experience I've had as been...uncomfortable.

I live right around the corner, so I frequent the place. My experience this morning is a good example of what this place has to offer.

I walked in to order an iced mocha and an egg sandwich with cheese, green peppers, and onions. What I got when I left was a disgusting iced coffee (no cream, whipped cream, chocolate...and oh, by the way, it was $4.50...) and an egg sandwich with just egg and tomato. The whole thing cost a ridiculous $10.00, which did not correlate with what the menu said.

The owner (the lady that's in there all the time) is mean. She's short with customers, and loudly rude and bossy to her employees. As a customer, I felt very uncomfortable, so much so that I didn't want to confront her about the nasty mocha and wrong-order sandwich.

I ended up trashing everything on the way out the door and going to Graeter's instead. Not as cool as an atmosphere, and not as eclectic a menu, but it was calm, comfortable, and they got the coffee right.

Unless this place changes soon, I will not be returning. And I know others who feel the same way.

Pros: atmosphere, food is great, free internet

Cons: mean boss, unknowledgable staff, wrong orders, waaaaaay overpriced

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