New pub will move into former Dark Horse Tavern space.

December restaurant news: 7 restaurants now open or coming soon

December was filled with Dayton-area restaurant news. Among the developments: Dayton’s beloved The Brunch Club finally reopened after a devastating kitchen fire, and McGillicutty’s Pub, a long-time Kettering sports pub and restaurant, closed.

Here’s a look at more of the month’s restaurant news.



The Brunch Club 

The Brunch Club on Main Street in Dayton has reopened after seven months.
Photo: Jim Noelker/Dayton Daily News

The Brunch Club, 601 S. Main St. in downtown Dayton, reopened after it closed seven months ago. 

“We will have the same people (on staff), the same service and the same food,” Brunch Club owner Jim Vari told this news organization. “It is just better equipment.” 

The restaurant has been closed since an early morning kitchen fire on April 20. The restaurant employs about 14 people. Vari said most are returning. 

>>Restaurant owner on reopening: ‘It’s been a nightmare basically, but it’s done’

Kings Cuisine

King’s Cuisine was launched by Jontee Ruffin and his family at 5252 N. Dixie Dr., in a space that previously housed Pat’s Kitchen. MARK FISHER / STAFF

A new restaurant that opened in Harrison Twp. promises its customers the royal treatment.

King’s Cuisine was launched by Jontee Ruffin and his family at 5252 N. Dixie Dr., in a space that previously housed Pat’s Kitchen. 

The Kings Cuisine menu includes burgers, wings, country-fried steak, Chicago-style hot dogs and cheese steaks, Ruffin said.

>>JUST IN: New local restaurant’s name proclaims its food fit for a king

Frutta Bowls 

The New Jersey-based health food restaurant Frutta Bowls has leased 1,400 square foot of space in the Progress Park Office Tower on Rigby Road. NICK BLIZZARD/STAFF
Photo: Staff Writer

A health-focused restaurant concept known for its fruit- and veggie-based bowls and smoothies opened its first Dayton-area location, and only the second in Ohio, at the Austin Landing development in southern Montgomery County. 

Frutta Bowls, a restaurant concept that began just two years ago in New Jersey and has spread to a dozen states. Frutta Bowls opened its first Ohio location earlier this year in Deerfield Towne Center in southern Warren County. 

Frutta Bowls is located at 3609 Rigby Road, in 1,400 square feet of leased space in the Progress Park Office Tower. Winter hours will be 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. 

>>New restaurant opens 1st Dayton-area location at Austin Landing


This former Clark's Pharmacy will officially open as a Donato's Pizza restaurant on Tuesday, Dec. 11 in Beavercreek. CONTRIBUTED

Donatos Pizza has transformed a former Clark’s pharmacy store into a new restaurant. 

The pizza chain is moving an existing store at 3375 Dayton-Xenia Road in Beavercreek to the new location at 3197 Rodenbeck Drive, off Dayton-Xenia Road just east of North Fairfield Road. 

The 3,580-square-foot restaurant includes a dining room and also offers a 50-seat private room for groups, teams, organizations and families to host meetings, parties and celebrations, according to a Donatos release. A pickup window for order-ahead food orders also will be available. Delivery and catering services also will be available. 

>>NOW OPEN:  Donatos transforms pharmacy into new restaurant

Coming Soon


Thirsty Frog Saloon 

The Thirsty Frog Saloon could open as early as Dec. 21, 2018. MARK FISHER/STAFF

A new bar and live-music venue called the Thirsty Frog Saloon has opened near the I-75/Ohio 725 interchange in a space that has housed a pub or tavern for more than 40 years. 

The new pub is located in the former Dark Horse Tavern space at 209 Byers Road in Miamisburg. 

The saloon plans to host a karaoke night, a trivia night, dart leagues and a Taco Tuesday night that will offer 50-cent tacos. In addition to traditional pub fare, the food menu will include specialty items such as frog legs, pickled pizza and a peanut-butter burger. 

The Thirsty Frog Saloon will feature live music on Saturday nights, including but not limited to Nashville-inspired country acts. 

>>‘Thirsty Frog Saloon’ gearing up to open along I-75

 Burger King 

Burger King is offering a Whopper of a deal, but customers must use the company's smartphone app and drive neaa McDonald's, its biggest competitor.
Photo: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

When the local Burger King franchisee’s CEO told us earlier this year that he was bullish on the Dayton area and was seeking to expand the burger chain’s footprint across the Miami Valley, he wasn’t just blowing smoke. 

BK franchisee TOMS King Services is gearing up to open its fourth new Dayton-area restaurant in the last year, and also revealed the location of yet another new store in the works for 2019. 

The first to come will be a new restaurant at 7151 Hoke Road at Salem Avenue in Clayton, which is scheduled to open in mid-January, said Matt Carpenter, CEO of TOMS King Services. 

Another new restaurant is in the early stages of development at the intersection of Cincinnati Street and South Edwin C. Moses Blvd in Dayton, with construction  expected to begin in early 2019. 

>>2 new restaurants to expand Burger King’s Dayton-area footprint

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen 

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen has started site preparation for its new restaurant in Kettering. MARK FISHER/STAFF

The Dayton area’s newest Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen now has a target opening date in Kettering. 

Pat Gilligan, the franchise owner of Dayton and southwest Ohio’s Popeyes restaurants, told this news outlet today, Dec. 19 that his newest location at 4025 Wilmington Pike just south of East Stroop Road will open fully to the public on Jan. 2. 

The Kettering restaurant will be the fifth Popeyes in the Dayton-Springfield area for the Atlanta-based chain, joining locations in Harrison Twp., Springfield, Englewood and Springboro. The Springboro location opened in January 2018. 

>>JUST IN: The new year will bring in a newly opened Popeyes chicken restaurant in Kettering



McGillicutty’s Pub 

McGillicutty's Pub in south Kettering is shutting its doors at the close of business on Christmas Day, its owners announced on the pub's Facebook page overnight.

McGillicutty's Pub on Whipp Road in south Kettering, which has been in business for 24 years, shut its doors for good at the close of business on Christmas Day, according to the pub’s Facebook page. 

Here is part of the post: 

“It is with a broken heart that I am writing this. First off I want to thank my employees, who are really more family than employees — I cannot thank all of you enough for everything you have done for me and with me over the years. There are no words!!” 

Customers reacted with shock and grief to the announcement and thanked co-owner Lisa Worthington Kash. 

“I have so many great memories and met so many great people in your establishment,” one customer wrote. “And I thank you for all of it Lisa Worthington Kash.” 

>>Kettering Pub to shut down for good after 24 years, owner says