New co-op BBQ restaurant to open next month in Dayton

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New co-op BBQ restaurant to open next month in Dayton

Dayton-based barbecue caterer Texas Beef & Cattle Company is gearing up to open a co-op-style barbecue restaurant in the coming weeks in Dayton’s Wright Dunbar Historic District.

The restaurant’s founder, James Nuñez, said Friday he has signed a three-year lease with Wright Dunbar, Inc. to open a restaurant at 1101 W. Third St.

Nuñez has been catering festivals and weekend barbecue events in the Dayton area since 1998. He is a Texas native who started smoking meats while serving in the U.S. Navy from 1984 to 1991. He also is president and investment advisor at AGORA Investments in downtown Dayton.

Nuñez had been seeking to open a barbecue restaurant at 219 N. Patterson Blvd. near Fifth Third Field in downtown Dayton. The space previously housed Club 88 nightclub and Zola restaurant and has been vacant since 2011. He said late last year that the project had encountered regulatory and logistical obstacles.

This morning, Nuñez said the Patterson Boulevard project fell through, and after looking at other downtown locations, the Wright Dunbar opportunity came along, and he seized it. “Every person we’ve come across in the neighborhood is so excited,” he said.