The Dayton area’s independent steakhouse restaurants responded in different ways to the March 15 order from Gov. Mike DeWine and state health officials shutting all dining rooms in Ohio.
Some shut down their kitchens entirely and did not attempt to offer carryout or delivery. Others aggressively pursued carryout and curbside pickup business. Some started selling their uncooked steaks for their customers to attempt to re-create the steakhouse experience at home. And several did some combination of strategies.
Steakhouse owners are responding to the May 21 lifting of the shutdown order with some of the same diversity of thought and strategy as they showed in mid-March. Some opened their doors on Day 1; some are waiting until this week or next week; and at least one has not yet set a reopening date.
Here’s a glimpse of when and how meat lovers can return to their favorite independent Dayton-area steakhouse and tuck into that giant T-bone. If you don’t see your favorite restaurant here, give them a call to see if they’ve reopened or when they intend do, and ask about their reservations policy.
-- The Bison and the Boar in West Alexandria is scheduled to reopen TODAY, Thursday May 28, at 3 p.m., an employee of the restaurant said.
On its Facebook page, The Bison and the Boar advised diners that reservations are required. “However, you can ask to be seated in the new lounge area that has a full bar and bar food,” the meat-centric restaurant said.
-- The Buckhorn Tavern in Butler Twp. reopened its dining room on May 21, and starts seating in its dining room at 4 p.m. Curbside pickup of carryout orders is still being offered, an employee said.
-- Carvers Steaks & Chops in Washington Twp. also opened on May 21, “with limited seating,” the restaurant said on its Facebook page. “It is recommended that you call to make a reservation. If you are not ready to dine in, we are set up for carryout as well. We have rearranged our tables to maintain six feet of separation. We have the full lineup of (Personal Protection Equipment) for our staff so that they can safely serve you. For the time being we are not scheduling any entertainment.”
-- The Florentine Restaurant in Germantown reopened its historic dining room on May 22. In addition to dine-in service from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., the restaurant that is part of the second-oldest inn in Ohio is offering curbside pickup for orders placed from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and delivery from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., according to the restaurant’s Facebook page.
-- The Oakwood Club in Oakwood is planning to reopen its dining room next week, during the first week of June. Details will be released soon.
-- The Paragon Club in Washington Twp. opened its dining room on May 21 and is open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Here’s what it wrote on opening day on its Facebook page:
“Tonight was wonderful! Our first night open since the shut down, and we were able to see so many of you. Thank you for coming out tonight to dine with us. We are a local family restaurant and have known so many of you for decades. It means the world to us to know we have your support. Our phones did not stop ringing this week with all of your reservation requests, and we are so thankful.”
“Our dining room and bar look different with the Plexiglas dividers. Our seating capacity has changed because of the distancing requirements. We wear masks now to keep all of us safe. Some things, however, have remained the same. We promise to give you the same attentive staff and delicious food you have always expected and received!”
-- The Pine Club in Dayton has not set a reopening date yet. “We are working every day to be ready to reopen,” PIne Club managers said in an email Wednesday night, May 27.