The new franchise owner of one of downtown Dayton’s longest-serving restaurants, Spaghetti Warehouse, wants to bring it “back to its former glory” — and he’s putting money behind his words
Michael Kim, who took over ownership of Dayton’s Spaghetti Warehouse as well as its sister restaurants in Toledo and Akron in December, is launching multiple renovation projects that he says will improve the restaurant experience for both customers and employees.
“I’m going to spend tons of money on the Dayton location because I love it so much,” Kim said. “I know it will come back to its former glory.”
Known for its trolley-car seating and towering lasagna, the Dayton Spaghetti Warehouse has operated at 36 W. Fifth St. since 1980, outlasting dozens of its peers as downtown’s fortunes ebbed and flowed. Plans are taking shape for a 40th anniversary celebration next year, Kim said.
But for now, renovations are underway or planned for 2019 that include modernizing the kitchen, renovating the restaurant’s bathrooms, giving banquet rooms a makeover, and re-designing the bar area.
“We’ll spend more than $100,000 in year one” of the renovation project, Kim said.
The kitchen improvements, now nearly complete, will enhance the quality of the restaurant’s food as well as the working conditions for employees, Kim said.
The kitchen makeover also has added flexibility: new menu items and specials are in the works, Kim said.