New 'modern Indian' eatery coming to OTR this fall

CINCINNATI -- The Over-the-Rhine food scene will be getting a whole lot spicier.

Chef Yajan Upadhyaya announced Sunday that he plans to open a restaurant in the historic neighborhood in the next few months. A specific timetable hasn't been determined.

"The OTR community has such a dynamic energy and vibe to it that is motivating and infectious” said Upadhyaya, better known to some as Chef Yaj. “We are excited to be a part of it.”

Upadhyaya is the founder and chef of the original Cumin in Hyde Park, as well as the "new Indian" eatery Mantra on the Hill in Mt. Adams that opened in 2012. His food tries to blend contemporary with traditional by bringing a fresh interpretation to dishes from many of unique and diverse regions of India.

While he didn't provide many details on his new spot, including a name or a specific the location, Upadhyaya did offer a few insights into what the menu will look like.

The chef said it will feature a unique fusion of both traditional and modern Indian flavors featured on a small-plate menu. Most of what you'll find there will be modeled after the "popular and celebrated flavors of my menu at the original Cumin."

While he's had success with his past locations, Upadhyaya says he wants to do things a little differently at his new spot, saying diners can expect a "variety of exciting changes."

It's not clear what the future holds for his other business ventures.

WCPO has reached out to Upadhyaya for more details on the eatery and will update this story when he gets back to us.

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