Taste of Belgium founder Jean-François Flechet has another restaurant concept up his sleeve, and this one doesn't involve waffles.
Flechet's new eatery Fuel is aimed at providing "meals for healthy lifestyles that are nutritionally inspired," per its description. That means a menu stocked with grain bowls and salads topped with proteins and veggies.
Flechet launched Fuel this past spring as a ghost kitchen operating out of his Taste of Belgium bistro in Over-the-Rhine. Now, he's secured a brick-and-mortar spot at 1218 Vine St. (the former location of Off the Vine juice bar) that is slated to open soon.
“We’re very excited to bring Fuel out of the ghost kitchen world and into life with a brick-and-mortar location,” Flechet says in a release. “Our goal was to create a new lifestyle restaurant where customers can choose healthier food options without a bunch of fillers like rice. At Fuel, the entire menu is inspired by nutrition and full of delicious Fuel for your body.”A release from 3CDC, which has leased the property to Flechet, says patrons can "choose their own adventure" when ordering from digital kiosks. Build a custom bowl from the ground up using bases like lentils, quinoa or baby kale. According to the menu, proteins include tofu, grilled chicken or poached salmon. Add veggies — caramelized, roasted and/or fresh — and sauces or dressings, including harissa, coconut curry or apple-and-pear vinaigrette.
Fuel will offer carry-out/grab-and-go and will also offer catering. Flechet hopes to get a liquor license to provide alcohol to go as well.
Fuel was supposed to open in December after "the space receives a few touch-ups and a living wall is installed," per a release from 3CDC. Follow Fuel's social media for updates and visit eatatfuel.com for more info.
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