BASIL’S BOMBSHELL: It will open a new restaurant AND a new craft brewery

Growing local chain to move into space at the Mall at Fairfield Commons, then open new brewery in Mason

Basil’s on Market, which already operates three restaurants in the region, will add a new location in Beavercreek, and it also plans to launch a craft brewery in Mason to produce beer for its restaurants and for distribution in southwest Ohio.

The newest Basil’s on Market restaurant will move into the just-vacated space that housed Flyboys Deli near the main entrance of the Mall at Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek.

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“Basil's is excited for the opportunity to go into the Beavercreek area, because this is something we have been searching for for some time,” Jeffrey Finkelstein, co-founder of Basil’s on Market, told this news outlet Thursday.

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Basil’s on Market operates restaurants in Troy, downtown Dayton and Mason, all of which will remain open, Finkelstein said.

Finkelstein and Basil’s on Market co-founder Todd Uhlir also own Locktenders, a separate restaurant concept which opened four months ago in downtown Piqua.

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If all goes well, the Mall at Fairfield Commons Basil’s on Market will open this spring, Finkelstein said. It will be open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, serving the same menu as other Basil’s on Market locations, he said. The new restaurant will employ about 25.

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Opening the Beavercreek restaurant will give Basil’s on Market’s owners the opportunity to re-tool its Mason location to include a craft brewery to be called “Off the Rails Brewery,” which will brew beer for all Basil's locations, Finkelstein said. Long-term plans call for distributing Off the Rails beers throughout the Dayton and Cincinnati areas, the Basil’s co-founder said.

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Credit: Mark Fisher

Credit: Mark Fisher

The first Basil’s on Market bistro-style restaurant opened in 2014 in downtown Troy. The downtown Dayton restaurant, which overlooks the Great Miami River, welcomed its first customers in 2016, and the Mason location opened in 2018. Each step of the way, Basil’s on Market’s founders have said they intend to expand the concept across the region.

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“We look forward to the Beavercreek location opening early spring and being able to contribute a locally owned business to that area,” Finkelstein said Thursday. “We will also be offering a 15 percent discount to all active military members who dine with us. We look forward to all future partnerships that we will create in the area.”

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