Nearby residents and passersby might be able to look forward to aromas of Caribbean food cooking, as Estremera said the grilling will be done out in the back of the restaurant.
Agnes All Natural Grill is named after Estremera’s late mother, Agnes. The establishment specializes in Caribbean cuisine, a reflection of his mother’s Trinidadian roots.
Estremera was born in Puerto Rico, then moved to Brooklyn, N.Y., where he grew up. He eventually came to Dayton and graduated from Central State University with an engineering degree. He received his master’s from Wright State University.
His love for cooking was passed down from his mother, who owned a successful catering operation in New York. Agnes would cook for A-list celebrities and film crews that would come to New York to film movies over the course of several months.
“Everybody used to come to our house,” Estremera said. “Bruce Willis — all the actors... She passed away in 2006, and me and my brother said, ‘Well, you know, let’s keep (her) name going and open up.’”
Once the restaurant is open and secures its liquor license, Estremera said Agnes will team up with The Barrel House and carry a selection of beers from the tap house. In turn, according to Estremera, The Barrel House will put Agnes’ menus out, so customers are able to order directly from the bar.
There are also plans for The Barrel House and Agnes to coordinate block parties with food trucks, DJs and more on a weekly basis.
Estremera now resides in Beavercreek, though for six or seven years, he lived in The Cannery apartments just down the street from where his restaurant now stands.
“I’m excited about this area growing,” Estremera said. “It’s looking like a city now.”