Findlay Market is offering a new way to dine and aims to make it a truly social experience. Keep reading for the tasty details.
Findlay Market’s non-profit restaurant Social O.T.R. recently opened its doors to the public on February 7. Operated by The Corporation for findlay Market, in partnership with CityLink Center, offers guests a one-of-a-kind communal dining experience with a socially-minded mission.
According to Findlay Market’s Director of Communications Kelly Lanser, Social O.T.R. is more than just a restaurant.
“The back of house is fully staffed by students in CityLink Center’s Findlay Culinary Training Program, which is a skills-based program meant to develop the next generation of culinary talent for Cincinnati’s food service industry,” says Lanser.
The students who participate in the CityLink program spend four weeks there learning life skills, such as financial education, healthy communication, and conflict resolution as well as culinary skills, which takes place in the Culinary Lab and is taught by Director of Culinary Education, Chef Lindsey Cook.
“Upon completion, students then enter a 3-month internship at Social O.T.R., where they are led by Executive Chef, Jennifer Kemplin,” says Lanser. “Employment specialist, Samantha Dewald, works directly with students during their time at Social O.T.R. to have industry jobs lined up once they complete the program.”
Social O.T.R. features a main dining room with two large communal tables, as well as other small tables that are made by the Cincinnati Wood Collaborative. There’s also a full bar at the front of the restaurant.
“An exposed brick hallway leads guests past the kitchen, with large windows looking in, to the back lounge area, called The Alley at Social, with another communal table and a bar,” says Lanser.
The menu at Social O.T.R. is designed to be shared, and consists of all small plates inspired by local ingredients. “Guests are encouraged to try a little bit of everything and enjoy a social dining experience,” she adds.
Social O.T.R. is open Tuesday through Sunday at 4 pm, with dinner service beginning at 5 pm. The Alley at Social is open until 12 am.
Social O.T.R. is located at 1819 Elm Street, across from Findlay Market. To learn more, visit socialotr.com.