- Mark Fisher Staff Writer
The latest in a surge of new-restaurant openings in and around the Mall at Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek will open to the public on May 6 with a special fund-raiser event benefitting Five Rivers Metroparks.
Fusian — the budding sushi chain founded by three Oakwood natives —is poised to open its third Dayton-area location at 2733 Fairfield Commons Blvd., in a space that is connected to the Mall at Fairfield Commons and adjacent to BRAVO Cucina Italiana.
The grand opening scheduled for 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, May 6 will benefit the Five Rivers Metroparks Foundation. Fusian’s founders said that 100 percent of the profits that day will benefit the MetroParks Foundation, which supports the Five Rivers MetroParks and its mission to protect the region’s natural heritage and provide outdoor experiences that inspire a personal connection with nature. MetroParks currently protects nearly 16,000 acres of land, – 90 percent of it in its natural state.
And on May 5, the day before the grand opening, the new Beavercreek Fusian will host “Neighborhood Day” that will allow diners who register in advance, and their guest, to obtain a free meal. Those interested must register by May 1 at beavercreek.fusian.com.
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The Beavercreek opening will come less than two months after Fusian expanded its statewide footprint with the opening of its first Toledo-area restaurant.
As of May 6, Fusian will operate 12 restaurants in the Dayton, Cincinnati, Columbus, and Toledo areas, including a location on Brown Street near the University of Dayton and in Washington Twp. next to Whole Foods.
Fusian Sushi was launched in Cincinnati in 2010 by Zach and Josh Weprin and Stephan Harman, who attended Oakwood’s Harman Elementary School. The trio had talked as kids of going into business together, Stephan Harman told this news outlet in 2011.
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After a relatively deliberate approach to growing the chain in its first four years, the trio doubled the number of locations in recent years as it expand into new markets of Cleveland and Toledo.
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In Beavercreek, Fusian joins a dining scene in and around the Fairfield Commons mall that has been quite active in the last two-plus years. Melt Bar & Grilled is building a free-standing restaurant just outside the mall. Gyro King recently opened in the mall’s food court. And BRAVO Cucina Italiano, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse and Chuy’s Tex Mex all have opened on mall property, and Primanti Bros. and IHOP are among the restaurants that have opened along North Fairfield Road near the mall.
Along Colonel Glenn Highway just west of the mall, the Wandering Griffin brewpub, Chipotle and Rapid Fired Pizza restaurants have opened.
The area also has seen some restaurant closings that have included Logan’s Roadhouse, Don Pablo’s Mexican Restaurant, Designer Dogs and Dolce Mio.