Flyboy’s Deli to celebrate its birthday in grand style

Flyboy’s Deli at the Mall at Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek is poised to celebrate its first anniversary in style, with prize giveaways, a raffle, a live band, face-painting, glitter tattoos and a special happy hour.

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The events will take place on Saturday, Jan. 26, inside the locally owned, independent restaurant just outside the mall’s main entrance. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. There is no admission charge.

Face painting and glitter tattoos will be offered from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. A raffle drawing, with a prize valued at more than $50, will be held at 7:30 p.m.

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The 7,400-square-foot restaurant will have a prize wheel during lunch and dinner; customers can spin the wheel before ordering to win a discount from the meal-purchase price. Those who are served on one of 20 trays that have a special sticker on the bottom will win a free appetizer coupon or $5 gift card.

The Beavercreek restaurant is the second location for Flyboy’s, which operates a restaurant at 2515 Far Hills Ave. in Oakwood.

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Steve Crandall and his wife Eunice Kim opened the Oakwood Flyboys Deli in January 2013. Like the Beavercreek location, the restaurant evokes a New York-style deli, with a design and decor that celebrate Dayton’s aviation heritage and its history as a cradle of invention.

Crandall is a retired U.S. Air Force colonel; he and his wife moved to the Dayton area from Maryland in 2010. Eunice Kim spent 10 years as owner or manager of delis in Maryland and Washington, D.C. area prior to coming to Dayton, and she served as manager for about a month of Flyboys Deli’s predecessor, Cooper’s Deli.

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