The Canal Street Arcade and Deli at 308 E. First St. in downtown Dayton has set its eagerly anticipated opening date — and it’s less than a week away.
“We will go full-open on Wednesday, June 28 at 10:30 a.m.,” said founder Rob Strong.
The new Canal Street — located in the space that formerly held the iconic music venue, the Canal Street Tavern — will open with 27 arcade games, including four pinball games. It will offer 13 craft beers on tap, one craft cocktail on tap (Moscow Mule), and another 30 beers in cans or bottles, Strong said.
The food menu will include the favorites from the former Fifth Street Deli that Strong operated until Jan. 28, plus some individual-sized specialty pizzas. Canal Street will employ about 15, although that number could grow, Strong said.
The East First Street space is surrounded by multiple development projects, including the Water Street project a couple of blocks to the east and north. And the Dayton Dragons’ Fifth Third Field is just down the street. But the building itself has been vacant since March 2016, when the Canal Public House music venue was stripped of its liquor license because of unpaid sales taxes.
The space developed its following and reputation as a popular music venue from 1981 to 2013, when it operated as Canal Street Tavern. Its founder, Mick Montgomery, sold the business in April 2013.