Gas station interested in Golden Nugget Pancake House site in Kettering

The family who owns the Golden Nugget Pancake House in Kettering said they planned to reopen the restaurant at that location, but those plans could change.

GetGo, a convenience store chain owned and operated by Pittsburgh-based Giant Eagle, has submitted a preliminary proposal to the city of Kettering for the restaurant’s existing site at 2932 S. Dixie Highway.

That document was provided to Kettering officials during a meeting last year, but GetGo has not given the city a formal proposal for the site, said Amy Schrimpf, Kettering economic development manager.

“They have not submitted anything official to us since then. So, we’re not really aware that it’s a viable project.”

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Schrimpf said GetGo officials discussed aspects of a plan that do not meet city requirements. Operating hours, sign placement and access drive locations were among them, she said.

For the project to move forward, Kettering officials need a formally submitted “viable plan,” according to Schrimpf.

If that were to occur, the proposal would require planning commission approval, she said.

Site plan drawings that are part of that proposal clearly show that the existing building would need to be demolished to make way for a new 6,125-square-foot convenience store and gas pumps.

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The restaurant has been closed since the day before the coronavirus-related statewide mandatory shutdown of dine-in service in March 2020.

The Dayton Daily News called Golden Nugget co-owner and spokesman John Thomas on Friday morning via Thomas Restaurant Group eateries Doubleday’s Grill & Tavern and The Famous Restaurant. Thomas was not able to be reached for comment regarding the preliminary proposal submitted on behalf of Get-Go.

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Credit: JIM NOELKER

The Golden Nugget was founded in 1962 by Steve and Bessie Thomas. Over the years, the Thomas family opened a few more Golden Nuggets, including locations on Salem Avenue and Keowee Street on Dayton.

The current Golden Nugget was built in 2007 after a 2005 overnight fire caused by an electrical problem heavily damaged the existing building.

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GetGo Café + Market locations feature subs, burgers, wraps and breakfast sandwiches, salads, pizza, Philly cheesesteaks, smoothies, coffee and espresso drinks, according to the company’s website.

They also include fuel pumps, surcharge-free ATMs, free WIFI, free air for tires, a selection of retailer gift cards and lottery tickets.