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“If you have gift cards with outstanding balances, we welcome you to use them in our other Abuelo’s restaurants in Ohio or at any of our locations nationwide,” a sign on the restaurant’s door tells customers. Carroll mentioned the Abuelo’s locations in Mason and Columbus, as well as a restaurant in Crestview Hills in northern Kentucky near Cincinnati.
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All employees impacted by the Beavercreek closure were personally notified, and managers were on-site to provide assistance in helping them find other employment opportunities in the community, Carroll said. She thanked the chain’s Dayton-area guests “for their loyal patronage over the years.”
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The closing of Abuelo’s represents the second shutdown of a high-profile Mexican-themed restaurant in the North Fairfield Road strip in about 16 months. The Don Pablo’s Tex-Mex restaurant at 2745 Fairfield Commons Blvd. in front of the Fairfield Commons Mall closed its doors for good in September 2016.
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Increased competition from a surge in restaurant openings in and around the Mall at Fairfield Commons — and perhaps from a similar-concept restaurant Chuy’s, which opened its large new Tex-Mex restaurant near the mall’s entrance in December 2015 — may have played a role in the closure.
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Other high-profile openings in the past year have included Melt Bar & Grilled, FUSIAN, and MacKenzie River Pizza Grill Pub, all at or in front of the Fairfield Commons mall. In addition, Flyboys Deli, which operates a restaurant in Oakwood, is gearing up to open a second location near the mall’s front entrance later this month.
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