Renowned chef's OTR bistro opening this week

Jose Salazar has worked for some of Cincy's best

CINCINNATI -- A chef with experience working in some of Cincinnati's finest restaurants will finally have a place to call his own this week.

After months of work and some delays, Jose Salazar will open a modern bistro Thursday at the corner of 14th and Republic streets in Over-the-Rhine.

"The food is new American, but it won't have a geographical destination," Salazar said, when describing his restaurant to WCPO during its early development in July. "Everything I serve will be really farm-inspired and seasonal."

Aptly named Salazar, the new restaurant was originally scheduled to open in September. But more work was needed, pushing the bistro's opening.

Salazar's past chef gigs include working at The Palace Restaurant in the historic Cincinnatian Hotel and the popular Abigail Street on Vine Street.

Salazar said his bistro's menu will always be changing, and meals will be based on seasons.

While certain proteins will remain on the menu, the accompaniments will change to reflect the month.

Salazar grew up in Queens, New York and his parents are both Colombian.

In New York, he worked with several talented chefs and developed a unique cooking style that uses Spanish, French, Japanese and even Italian elements.

Salazar will be open Monday through Saturday on most weeks for dinner only. It will close at about 10:30 p.m. on weekdays and 11 p.m. on weekends. Reservations are accepted and encouraged.

Salazar plans to create lunch hours after a few months of being open. The restaurant is 1,300 square feet with about 45 seats including the bar.

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