Jean-François Flechet Moving Ghost Kitchen Concept to Brick-and-Mortar

Posted on December 1, 2021 by sujvary

Esteemed Local Restaurateur Set to Open ‘Fuel’ on Vine Street

CINCINNATI (December 1, 2021) – Jean-François Flechet, owner of local favorite Taste of Belgium is set to open a budding new concept in a space on Vine Street. Fuel, Flechet’s ghost kitchen concept that launched out of his Taste of Belgium OTR space in March of this year, will officially open in its own brick and mortar space this month, located at 1218 Vine Street.

Fuel is a nutritional-inspired takeout restaurant that will be a quick, healthy lunch spot that will perfectly complement its sister restaurant. The online-in-person concept will allow patrons to order at the space via a digital kiosk, where they’ll select ingredients to choose their own adventure, so to speak, by creating their own customized bowl. Base options include farro, baby kale, red quinoa and others. A variety of protein selections and veggies, like peas, roasted broccoli and multiple types of carrots are tossed in, and each bowl is finished with the customer’s choice of sauces and toppings.

“We’re very excited to bring Fuel out of the ghost kitchen world and into life with a brick-and-mortar location,” Flechet said. “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.”

Fuel will operate out of a 936 square-foot space just up the block from its sister restaurant, Taste of Belgium. Both locations are leased from Cincinnati Center City Development Corp. (3CDC).

“We’re excited to be partnering with Jean-François Flechet once again, this time on his nutrition-inspired fast casual concept, Fuel,” Lindzie Gunnels, senior commercial leasing officer with 3CDC, said. “Taste of Belgium has been a staple of the OTR dining scene for a decade now, and we fully expect Fuel to replicate that success.”

In addition to operating as a grab-and-go restaurant, Fuel will offer catering services and is working to acquire a liquor license for to-go alcohol.

Flechet plans to open Fuel in early December, after the space receives a few touch-ups and a living wall is installed. A grand opening event will include a cooking demonstration and Fuel giveaways. Hours for the restaurant are not finalized. Find out more by visiting

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