Beavercreek brewpub now hiring, gearing up to open

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Beavercreek brewpub now hiring, gearing up to open

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

The Wandering Griffin brewpub and coffee shop — coming to the former Quaker Steak & Lube space at 3725 Presidential Drive across from Wright State University — is hiring and gearing up to open.

"Time may have fallen back this morning, but we are on course and still moving forward!" Wandering Griffin's founders said on the brewpub's Facebook page yesterday morning, Nov. 6. "Details are coming together, and we can't wait to share them all with you."

Wandering Griffin co-founder Brian Young confirmed in an email that the brewpub is ready to go pending final inspections and will likely open in the next two weeks or so.

“I am so excited to bring this new look to the people of Dayton,” Young said.

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Late last week on its Facebook page, the brewpub invited those interested to apply for server, bartender and kitchen staff positions on the Wandering Griffin web site.

The 10,000-square-foot brewpub and coffee shop will seat about 300 in its restaurant and tap room, and 120 more on a patio. It has additional space that will be used as a private-events room and which can also be utilized as overflow restaurant space on weekends, Young said. The brewpub will employ about 50 to start, then likely expand to 65 employees, he said.

Plans call for Wandering Griffin to pour beers from other breweries, with an emphasis on local breweries, while preparing to start brewing its own beers several months down the road.

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Quaker Steak & Lube operated in the Wandering Griffin space for 13 years in the space before shutting down in October 2015.

The site’s proximity to several large employers — including WSU, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Soin Medical Center and multiple aerospace and engineering firms along Colonel Glenn Highway — made the space attractive to lease, Young said. And there are no breweries in the immediate area.

More than a dozen breweries have opened in the Dayton region in the last five years. None have closed, and nearly all have expanded in some fashion. The broader region’s newest craft breweries, Mother Stewart’s Brewing Company in Springfield and FigLeaf Brewing in Middletown, have opened in recent months.

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