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Jefferson Social latest at The Banks

Jefferson Social, a neighborhood bar and restaurant serving Mexican street food, will open at The Banks riverfront development in April.

Jefferson Social will occupy 4,040 square feet at the corner of Freedom Way and Walnut Street. Its bar will feature more than 25 bourbons and 16 taps rotating domestic and craft beers.

The addition of Jefferson Social leaves only one retail space still available for occupancy at the first phase of The Banks, the mixed-use riverfront development that includes 300 apartments, a parking facility and revised street grid.

“Our focus will be on serving artisanal drinks with freshly squeezed juices and quality liquors, and serving tacos and nachos made with fresh ingredients,” said Tony Cafeo, founder and owner of Jefferson Social. He promises a place “conducive to socializing, eating, dancing and partying.”

Cafeo is also the owner of several other restaurant and bar properties in Cincinnati, including Jefferson Hall at Newport on the Levee and the soon-to-open Incline Public House in Price Hill.

Open retail establishments are The Holy Grail, Tin Roof, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Johnny Rockets, Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill, Orange Leaf, Crave, Mahogany’s and the Police Welcome Center. Signed but yet to open are The Wine Guy Bar & Bistro, Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches and Yard House Restaurant.

Retail at The Banks has already brought more than 300 new jobs to the region and $600 million in investment, according to developers Carter and The Dawson Company and equity partner USAA.