Taste of Belgium to add location at The Banks

Posted at 1:00 PM, Dec 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-18 15:04:30-05

CINCINNATI — Popular restaurant chain Taste of Belgium will open a new location in Phase II of The Banks in the spring of 2016.

Taste of Belgium owner Jean-Francois Flechet and Dan McCarthy, project executive for Carter, The Banks’ master developer, announced the restaurant’s sixth location in front of the development on Freedom Way Friday.

Like Flechet's other restaurants, The Banks' location will be open seven days a week, and feature familiar breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch menu items, along with its wine list, draft beer taps, private dining room, chef’s table and a patio for outdoor dining. 

Fletchet opened his fifth Taste of Belgium location at Rookwood Exchange in Norwood in July of this year. It joined Taste of Belgium locations in Over-the-Rhine, Clifton, Columbus, Ohio and Findlay Market, where Flechet first began selling Belgium waffles from the back of a produce shop in 2007.

Taste of Belgium will be the first tenant to move into the 20,000 square feet of retail space in the latest phase of the mixed-use riverfront project, which broke ground in May 2014. It is the second new restaurant announcement for The Banks this month. Louisville-based Doc Crow's Southern Smokehouse and Raw Bar will open its first Cincinnati location in the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center sometime next year. The restaurant will be called Doc's on the Banks.

Besides the retail space, Phase II of The Banks will house General Electric’s US Global Operations Center and contain 300 one- and two-bedroom apartments. The apartments are scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2016. GE will employ about 2,000 people at its new riverfront headquarters; construction is scheduled for completion in the fall.

Phase II is the newest portion of the 18-acre mixed-use project near completion. The first portion of the project opened in 2011 next to Great American Ball Park.

Phase IIIA of The Banks, located directly in front of Phase II, broke ground this year and is in the beginning phases of construction.