New restaurant opens today at Mall at Fairfield Commons

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New restaurant opens today at Mall at Fairfield Commons

A new-to-the-market restaurant concept opens its doors today, Monday Nov. 20, at the Mall at Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek.

The former Max & Erma’s restaurant in front of the mall, which shut down in April, will be reborn today as MacKenzie River Pizza Grill Pub.

“It has been a long road with construction, but we have weathered it and are excited to welcome the community,” James Blystone, vice president of franchising and communication for Glacier Restaurant Group, told this news outlet today, Friday, Nov. 17.

The restaurant seats about 220 and employs between 80 and 90 people, Blystone said. That’s about double the number of employees Max & Erma’s had when it shut down in April. MacKenzie River will serve lunch and dinner seven days a week.

MacKenzie River Pizza Grill Pub will open Monday at the Mall at Fairfield Commons. This photo shows the MacKenzie River restaurant that opened earlier this year at the Polaris Center in Columbus. FILE Staff Writer

The Max & Erma’s restaurant in that space at 2739 Fairfield Commons Blvd. shut down 16 months after the entire Max & Erma’s chain was bought out by Montana-based Glacier Restaurant Group.

While the chain’s new owners are keeping some Max & Erma’s open, Glacier Restaurant Group is converting others to its MacKenzie River concept. It recently completed just such a re-branding and renovation at a former Max & Erma’s in the Polaris retail center in north Columbus.

The MacKenzie River Pizza Grill Pub “is all about fresh ingredients, scratch kitchens, creative cocktails, and a diverse beer section in our casual rustic Montana atmosphere that depicts the heart and soul of the Rocky Mountains,” Blystone said in April.

“We wanted to give the Beavercreek community a new exciting dining option,” Blystone said. “This location worked fine for Max & Erma’s, but as we continue to expand the MacKenzie River Pizza Grill Pub, we look for opportunities that we feel are a great fit for this brand.

“We are confident the Beavercreek location and the community will embrace MacKenzie River’s scratch kitchen, extraordinary service and mountain ambience.”

The Mall at Fairfield Commons area has been a hotbed of restaurant activity this year. Melt Bar & Grilled and Fusian are among those restaurants that have opened, and a Flyboys Deli is just a couple of weeks away from its grand opening.

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