Valerie Urbanik | Oberlin News-Tribune
Strange Bird Bistro chef and owner Jen Sale is eager to run her first restaurant.
From Mexican to Korean to Italian food — chef Jen Sale wants to offer it all at her new restaurant, 9 South Main St.
After years rising through the ranks of the restaurant industry, Sale opened Strange Bird Bistro this August in the former Weia Teia Chinese restaurant space.
She was working on a plan for a food truck when Weia Teia’s previous owner, whom she worked with in the past, reached out to her about closing his restaurant because he was opening another space.
“I’ve worked in restaurants and watched what has was happening and just longed for the chance,” Sale said.
She said she has been cooking as long as she can remember.
“I started with my Hungarian grandmother when I was up to her knees, rolling stuffed cabbage and making perogies. And I cooked alongside my mom, who’s also an amazing cook,” Sale said. “I think it’s in your blood or it’s not.”
The new bisttro offers a wide ethnic spread, from Korean meatloaf to sriracha macaroni and cheese, peanut noodles, and Cuban pork.
“It’s all of the food I love in one spot,” Sale said. “I’m super passionate about food and global flavors.”
She said has received great feedback from the public and the menu seems to be a big hit.
“The community has been super warm and welcoming,” Sale said. “It’s really great. I couldn’t be happier.”
Valerie Urbanik can be reached 440-775-1611 or on Twitter @ValUrbanik.