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FOOD NEWS: Big changes in store for downtown Dayton bar & restaurant 

A wine bar and restaurant that has operated for 12 years in two locations in downtown Dayton is about to get new owners. 

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Brian Linnean, co-founder of The Wine Gallery and Cafe, said he has reached an agreement to sell the business along with the building and property for an undisclosed amount. The transaction is scheduled to close before the end of April. 

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Prosciutto Ham Pizza at The Wine Gallery. (HANDOUT/Connie Post)

“It’s been a great 12 years down there,” Linnean said.

He opened The Wine Gallery at the Cannery at East Third Street and Wayne Avenue in 2006, then moved the business to its current address at Main Street and Monument Avenue in January 2010 after buying the building at 5 W. Monument Ave. The Wine Gallery earlier this year won the Dayton.com “Best of 2017” category of “Best Wine Selection (Restaurant).” 

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Linnean had started selling wines from a vendor booth in the Second Street Market in downtown Dayton in 2003, and kept that part of the business going until December 2016.

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A glass of Raimet Tempranillo paired with a pepperoni pizza at The Wine Gallery & Cafe, 424 East Third St., Dayton. Staff photo by Chris Stewart (CHRIS STEWART/DAYTON DAILY NEWS/Chris Stewart)

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Paul Pelnar, one of the new owners, said he and his partners will have more to say about their plans for the space in the coming weeks.

“We’re going to bring something a little different to downtown,” Pelnar said. “We’re enthusiastic about the things that are happening down there.” 

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Linnean also oversees Linda’s Restaurant, a family-style breakfast-and-lunch eatery in downtown Xenia, which is scheduled to relocate this week to 131 Cincinnati Ave. and reopen under the new name of 5 Points Cafe early next week. 

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“I was in my 30s when I started this, and I’m now in my 50s,” Linnean said. “It’s been too many hours.”

Plans are in the works for a large-scale wine sale, Linnean said.

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