R Taco applies for liquor licenses at Caddy’s Tap House.

R Taco to open its 2nd Dayton-area restaurant this fall

The owner of the building that previously housed Caddy’s Tap House in Beavercreek confirmed today, Aug. 14, that R Taco will move into a portion of the building and open its second Dayton-area restaurant.

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Oberer Realty Services said it has finalized a lease with an R Taco franchisee to open a 3,000-square-foot restaurant at 2760 Towne Drive across from the Mall at Fairfield Commons. The 6,300-square-foot building was purchased by Oberer in June, and now has 3,300 square feet remaining available for lease.

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 “The Beavercreek retail and restaurant market is very active, and we are confident that we will find a quality tenant for the remainder of the building soon,” Chris Conley,  president Oberer Realty Services, said in a release.

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The R Taco announcement had been somewhat expected, since the chain, which opened its first location on Brown Street near the University of Dayton in March 2017, had previously applied for a license to serve alcohol at the address of the former Caddy’s Tap House.

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John Slaughenhaupt, spokesman for the Ohio franchisee of R Taco, said construction of the new restaurant has begun.

“We are looking at a late October opening,” Slaughenhaupt told this news outlet. David Fisher and Eric Lundgren are Slaughenhaupt’s equal partners in the R Taco franchise venture.

The new Beavercreek restaurant will seat about 125 — 75 inside and 50 on a patio. The new restaurant will employ about 50.

The Dallas, Texas-based street-taco restaurant chain, which operates 30 restaurants in seven states, announced in November 2017 that it had signed a multi-unit agreement with Dayton-based franchise owner ThreeWitt Enterprises Inc. to greatly expand R Taco’s footprint across central and southwest Ohio.

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The Cadillac Jacks location at the Beavercreek site transformed into Caddy’s Tap House, with 47 craft-beer taps, a new food menu, and a significant makeover to its interior, in September 2014. But it shut its doors in May 2018.