The Amber Rose Restaurant and Catering, 1400 Valley St., is a Dayton institution specializing in homemade Eastern European cuisine. LISA POWELL / STAFF

BEFORE & AFTER: Old North Dayton’s famed Amber Rose gets new look

The Amber Rose in Dayton has quite a story to tell.

The European Restaurant at 1400 Valley St. was one of several restaurants damaged after the Memorial Day tornadoes. Before that, it survived a flood.

  

Today, Amber Rose has a brand-new exterior look that is getting a big reaction from its customers on Facebook.

The exterior has transformed from a pale yellow to a deep blue.

TORNADO DAMAGE

The restaurant reopened on June 12 just a few weeks after the storms. Windows were destroyed and an exterior wall were damaged in the storm. 

In its time, the Amber Rose Restaurant building has withstood the 1913 Flood and a fire in 1989 right before what is now the Amber Rose was set to open.   Now it has survived a tornado. The Valley Street restaurant still show scars from the Memorial Day tornadoes, but it the owner says the business is ready to reopen Wednesday, June 12. Photo: Amelia Robinson
Photo: Amelia Robinson

“I felt pretty fortunate that we still had a building, that we still had a business. A lot of those businesses and people’s homes were just wiped out. So I felt lucky,” owner Joe Castellano told us when the restaurant reopened.

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The Amber Rose Restaurant and Catering is a Dayton institution specializing in homemade Eastern European cuisine. LISA POWELL / STAFF

RESTAURANT’S HISTORY

Built in 1910 by Sigmund Ksiezopolski, the building held a general store and deli named Sig’s up until the 1980s. Elinor Sluzas bought the building in 1989 and opened her restaurant in 1990.

In its time, the Amber Rose’s building has withstood the 1913 Flood and a fire in 1989 right before what is now the Amber Rose was set to open.It’s also rumored to be haunted. But that’s another story for another day.

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The Amber Rose Restaurant and Catering is a Dayton institution specializing in homemade Eastern European cuisine. Located in Old North Dayton, the restaurant is in a 1910 building built by Sigmund Ksiezopolski and used as a general store and deli. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

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