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Deli by day, bistro by night

May. 23, 2012 @ 08:45 PM

HUNTINGTON -- The Third & Ninth Deli has been a hybrid restaurant/market selling gourmet items and sundries alongside some of the best sandwiches in downtown Huntington since it opened in 2010.

Earlier this year, however, the deli received a bit of a makeover and while the market is gone, a whole new restaurant has taken its place. Third & Ninth will continue during breakfast and lunch hours as normal. In the evenings, the newly opened Chef Jason's du Soir Bistro will be serving up gourmet meals.

The restaurant's interior has also received a bit of a makeover adding new tables and a full-service bar in the evenings.

"The renovations took place in March. The deli was closed for a full week so we could make all the renovations," said Sylvia Crickard, co-owner of Third & Ninth Deli. "The bistro opened in mid-April and the response has been quite well. I was friends with Chef Jason Oesterreicher and the bistro was his idea. I said it would be nice to have dining in the evenings and he had been looking to go out on his own. So we talked it over and thought it would be a nice combination to do. A bistro is a sort of intimate dining place. They have a large menu but they change things around weekly."

The Third & Ninth Deli continues to offer an assortment of sandwiches served on bread from a Lewisburg, W.Va.-based bakery. Popular sandwiches include the Cuban ($6.95), the Reuben ($6.95) and the Italian sausage ($6.95) served on a Italian hoagie roll. Breakfast dishes include omletets (ranging in price from $4.50 for a cheese to $6.50 for a western) and bagel sandwiches.

"We haven't really added much to the menu but we will be having Meatball Monday every first Monday of the month," Crickard said. "Judy Eaton from WTCR radio made meatballs for a fundraiser we had for the Huntington Area Food bank. It was such a success that we decided to do the meatball subs on the first Monday of every month. We will be doing another fundraiser for the food bank in November. We also have a chicken quesadilla every Wednesday which is a very popular special for us."

Chef Jason's du Soir Bistro will serve an assortment of entrees including the rack of lamb ($30) rubbed with garlic and rosemary. Another entree is the grilled salmon ($26) served on a bed of jicama and fennel salad tossed with citrus and topped with cilantro oil and chili oil. The bistro has a full service bar and wine menu. Wine is available by the glass and by the bottle.

The deli/bistro will also be selling and displaying works from local artists.

"We will be periodically changing the art and carrying the selling information works from local artists," Crickard said. "Right now we have some works up from Michael Cornfeld, the former director of the art department at Marshall University. We hope to rotate between local artists and student works."

The Third & Ninth Deli is open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday. It is closed Sundays. Cash and most major credit cards are accepted. For take-out orders or more information, call 304-781-3354.

Chef Jason's du Soir Bistro is open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Closed Sunday. Cash and most major credit cards are taken. For reservations or more information, call 304-523-2012.