5 restaurants opening soon in Dayton

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The Florentine has officially reopened and is now serving its new menu in Germantown.

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We received a lot of great restaurant news in Dayton in February. Here are a few restaurants that will be opening their doors to hungry diners very soon.

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Troll Pub at the Wheelhouse is now gearing up for an early 2018 opening. Photo by Tom Gilliam

Troll Pub at the Wheelhouse is now gearing up for an early 2018 opening. Photo by Tom Gilliam

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Troll Pub at the Wheelhouse is now gearing up for an early 2018 opening. Photo by Tom Gilliam

1.) Troll Pub at the Wheelhouse 

The general manager of the Troll Pub at the Wheelhouse coming to 220 Wayne Ave., has told this news outlet that his new restaurant and watering hole is gearing up to be open by — you guessed it — St. Patrick’s Day.

>> FASTEN YOUR SEAT BELTS: Troll Pub Dayton seeks to open by St. Patrick's Day

The new Troll Pub Wheelhouse isn’t some cozy little hole-in-the-wall, either. It’s a 6,500-square-foot restaurant and bar that is expected to seat as many as 250. The second location for the popular Troll Pub Under The Bridge in Louisville, Ky., the Dayton pub will offer an extensive selection of craft beers and bourbons and will offer a food menu that General Manager Ben Barker has described as “pub grub, but made from scratch.”

>> SNEAK PEEK: A look at photos inside the Troll Pub Dayton

>> St. Patrick's Day events in Dayton

2.) Dunkin’ Donuts

A new doughnut shop is moving in to a Far Hills Avenue property that has housed a fast-food restaurant and, more recently, a pharmacy.

The Dayton area’s eighth Dunkin’ Donuts will be located at 5901 Far Hills Ave. (Ohio 48) in Washington Twp., Pat Gilligan, the Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owner in the Dayton and Cincinnati areas, told this news outlet.

>> New doughnut shop coming to Far Hills Avenue

The region’s newest Dunkin’ Donuts will be designed and built out as part of the chain’s “Next Generation Concept Store.”

The Next Generation stores include digital kiosks that will allow customers to place an order without the help of a crew member; a faster drive-through experience for members of Dunkin’s “DD Perks” loyalty program who order ahead through a mobile app; and an expanded “grab-and-go” selection of bottles beverages, snacks and fresh fruit.

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3.) Reza’s Roast

After searching for a location for more than two years, Reza’s Roast, a Fairborn coffee roastery which specializes in wholesale sales of coffees and beans, is gearing up to open its first retail coffee shop, “Reza’s Downtown,” in Dayton.

>> 'Reza's Roast' to open its 1st retail coffee shop on Wayne Ave.

The new shop is coming to 438 Wayne Ave., according to Audria Maki, founder of Reza’s Roast coffee roastery in Fairborn. If all goes well, Reza’s Downtown could open as early as this fall.

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4.) Old Mason Jar 

A new bar called the “Old Mason Jar” with an adjoining cafe is in the works in Fairborn.

The new business is coming to 604 and 606 W. Xenia Drive. It is the brainchild of James L. Baker, who grew up in Fairborn, worked in law enforcement in the Dayton area, and has returned to Fairborn.

>> Here's what owner says about new bar 'Old Mason Jar' coming to Fairborn

Plans call for opening a pub this summer or fall, followed later by an antique-themed cafe that would open in the adjacent space and that would serve items such as pastries, cannolis, coffee and tea, Baker told this news outlet.

5.) Fuzzy’s Taco Shop 

A new restaurant coming to a high-profile space at the main entrance to The Greene Town Center has pushed back its projected opening date by a month or so.

>> New restaurant at The Greene pushes back opening date

A spokeswoman for Fuzzy’s Taco Shop told this news outlet that the projected opening date for the chain’s first Dayton-area location has been pushed back to early April.

“Fuzzy’s is a first and foremost a fun brand with a great atmosphere that sells large portions of Baja-style Mexican food for a value price,” Fuzzy’s vice president of marketing, Linda Veatch, told this news outlet.

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