The Pizza Bandit food truck will be open for lunch for “Pieday Friday” on Friday, Nov. 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Yellow Cab Tavern. CONTRIBUTED

Food, drinks and live music — with strict safety measures — return to the Yellow Cab 

A new concept for dining and entertainment while social distancing, the Yellow Cab Food Truck Hub, will launch Friday. 

“We are very fortunate to have an incredibly large outdoor dining area at The Yellow Cab Tavern and to be focused on counter service style dining that does not require servers, plates or glassware, and can be accomplished with minimal contact. Along with this, we are setting in place strict policies that will focus on keeping guests and staff safe and socially-distant from each other,” the organization posted on its Facebook page

“For these reasons, we have decided to open our Food Truck Hub to public on-site dining and drinking starting on May 15th from 4 p.m. - midnight.” 

The Pizza Bandit food truck will be making its debut next week at the Yellow Cab Tavern.
Photo: Contributed

The outdoor event will continue “assuming the public is courteous to other guests and staff,” each Thursday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to midnight and on Sunday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. 

Among the food trucks on site will be The Pizza Bandit, Billie Gold Bubble Tea, Twisted Taco Dayton, Momma’z Boys and HaolePino Hawaiian-Filipino Island Cuisine. 

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Beer, cocktails and wine can be purchased from the Yellow Cab Tavern. Live music from Salvadore Ross with visual projections by Synaesthetic Oil Spill starts at 7 p.m. 

The free event is located at the Yellow Cab Tavern, 700 E. Fourth St. 

Yellow Cab Tavern hosted a Mardi Gras Celebration featuring funk music from Ernie Johnson from Detroit and Freakquency on Friday, February 21. TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER
Photo: Tom Gilliam

The Yellow Cab has outlined polices for the public to follow to operate safely, which are outlined below.

“Not following these policies (or for any reason we feel necessary) will be means for non-admission or removal from the property. Listen, we all just want to eat and drink and be out. Trust us, we feel it too. But it must be done safely.” 

Seating and arrival

When you arrive you will be greeted by a host who will take you to your table or bench. Please note, at this time we will only be accepting groups of four people or less. 

These tables will be at a 12-foot or greater distance from each other to allow distance between groups. 

If the lot is at capacity, you will have to wait outside of the property until space becomes available. 

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 There will be no "reservations" or preferred seating. Your seating arrangements will be 100% up to the host and based on availability. 

Ordering and food pickup

Once you’re at your table you will need to order from all vendors and the bar via

You will receive a confirmation time on when to pick up your food and beverage from our consolidated pick-up area. Only one member of your group will be allowed to pick up food for your whole group.

Clean up 

Your group will be required to throw away all trash in our many receptacles. Hand and spray sanitizing will be available for use. 

BEER! A Celebration of Dayton Brewing brought all of Dayton’s craft breweries together at the Yellow Cab Tavern on Friday, Aug. 16. The beer event, which previews Dayton Beer Week, occurred in conjunction with the Yellow Cab's August food truck rally. TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER
Photo: Tom Gilliam

Masks and Restrooms

Masks are required unless you are at your seating area

There are only two reasons that people will be permitted to enter into The Yellow Cab. 

1. To pick up food and beverage. 

 2. To use the restroom 

 When you are doing either of these things, you must wear a mask.  

Our bathrooms will be monitored and cleaned on an extremely regular basis.


In case of rain or inclement weather, you will be permitted to bring pop-up tents or canopies for your table. You will have to set up these temporary structures yourself. 

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We will not offer refunds in the case of inclement weather as all of your food will be packaged “to go.”

You will not be permitted in the building in case of inclement weather.


You will not be permitted to leave your seating area for any reason other than picking up food or using the restroom. Do not get up to visit with other tables. Do not get up to go directly to trucks. Stay distant.