Installation complete! 416 Diner is now open and has started slinging eggs, burgers, hoagies and pepperoni rolls.
The owner, Guy Fragmin purchased the building in 2005 as a retirement investment.
Canal Street Arcade & Deli opened on June 28 at 308 E. First St. in downtown Dayton, the former site of Canal Street Tavern and Canal Public House.
Here are five things to know about 416 Diner:
Fragmin says he constantly gets questions about the restaurant’s name, but the answer is pretty simple: the name is taken from the business’ address at 416 E. Fifth St.
THE SERVICE WINDOW
Customers will be able to order from the restaurant’s walk-up service window late nights Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Tables will be set up on the patio.
Fragmin has long dreamed of opening a restaurant. His mom recently sent him a picture he drew in grade school of his then-future restaurant.
416 marks a complete career shift. Fragmin worked in advertising sales at the former Berry Company.
“When the deli decided they were going to move out, I just pulled everything forward and took my retirement. You see every penny I’ve ever made in my whole entire life,” he said with a laugh. “The community is ready and right for it. The city is growing like crazy. I am very excited.”
THERE WILL BE PEPPERONI ROLLS
Fragmin expects that the eatery’s West Virginia-style pepperoni rolls will be a big hit. Here is how they are described on the menu:
A West Virginia favorite and our signature offering. A roll of fresh baked bread stuffed with spicy pepperoni makes for a delicious treat or a meal. Add cheese, chili, pizza sauce, or coleslaw to create your own unique flavor.
THE REST OF THE MENU
Fragmin said he is pumped to get some grease on the restaurant’s spanking new equipment and includes separate griddles for meat and veggies and a conveyor oven nicknamed Lincoln.
416 Diner’s menu can be found on its website.
Fragmin said the menu might change slightly. He is researching gluten-free items and a veggie burger.
Breakfast items include: several omelets, an egg and chive scramble, the 416 Starter (one egg served with two strips of bacon or a sausage patty, choice of toast, and hash browns) and the Early Burger (a quarter pound burger with a fried egg and two strips of bacon served with hash browns or fried potatoes).
Lunch and dinner options include: a variety of salads, burgers and hoagie sandwiches including cheese steaks, hot ham, the Hunter (marinated chicken and grilled steak, cheddar and provolone, crisp lettuce, fresh tomato, red onion and mayo), the Gatherer (roasted red pepper, grilled onions and mushrooms, fresh tomato and crisp lettuce with herbed mayo) and the Sergeant Pepper Burger (a quarter pound burger with grilled peppers, pepper jack cheese and spicy mayo on a toasted bun sprinkled with fresh black pepper).
The counter stools and each booth has an own electrical outlet to allow customers to charge phones.
“You come in and eat and charge your phone,” Fragmin said.
He said the restaurant’s heating, plumbing and electrical systems were completely remodeled.
“It’s been an amazing adventure,” Fragmin said. “There is a lot of love and a lot of effort that’s gone into to getting it ready for everybody.”