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Jefferson Social to open at The Banks

Jefferson Social, a neighborhood bar and restaurant serving Mexican street food, will move into a more than 4,000-square-foot space at the Banks riverfront development.

The bar and restaurant will fill the space at the corner of Freedom Way and Walnut Street. It will have seating for small and large groups, as well as communal tables. The bar at Jefferson Social will have more than 25 bourbons and 16 taps rotating domestic and craft beers.

“Our focus will be on serving artisanal drinks with freshly squeezed juices and quality liquors, and serving tacos and nachos made with fresh ingredients,” Tony Cafeo, founder and owner of Jefferson Social, said in a news release. “Customers will be able to enjoy themselves in a design and layout conducive to socializing, eating, dancing and partying.”

Cafeo also owns 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.

Retail space at The Banks is now 91 percent leased. Only one space remains available in Phase 1A.

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. Tenants that signed leases but have not opened yet include The Wine Guy Bar & Bistro, Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches and Yard House Restaurant.