Third Perk plans to open West Dayton restaurant

The owner of a popular Dayton coffee shop on East Third Street downtown plans to open a new restaurant on West Third Street in West Dayton.

Juanita Darden, who owns Third Perk Coffeehouse & Wine Bar at 146 E. Third St., wants to open a new commercial kitchen offering southern-style cuisine at 3907 W. Third St., according to city of Dayton documents.

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Credit: Staff

City leaders this week are expected to decide whether to give Darden $50,000 out of the city’s West Dayton Development Trust Fund to support the project.

Third Perk plans to invest about $200,000 into the new business.

The property at 3907 W. Third St., two blocks east of Gettysburg Avenue, is a former restaurant, and is about 3.5 miles from Third Perk’s downtown establishment.

The new business will be carry-out and will offer fresh and healthy foods to people who live nearby, including residents in the Westwood and Arlington neighborhoods, city documents state.

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Some food items made in the commercial kitchen will be sold at Third Perk, and Darden also plans to partner with chef Mark Brown to provide on-site culinary training to up-and-coming chefs, city documents state.

Third Perk also has been recommended to receive about $82,400 of the city’s federal rescue funds for the project to assist with providing business development activities.

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Credit: Tom Gilliam

The grant funding would help cover costs associated with property acquisition, facility upgrades, equipment, lighting, furniture and other expenses.

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