The restaurant and beer garden — founded by Andrew Payne, the owner of Hunger Paynes food truck — was located in the lower level of the mall, near Macy's. Efforts to reach Payne late last week and early this week were unsuccessful.
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“We are trying to elevate the mall’s food, so to speak,” Payne said last year, shortly before the restaurant/beer garden opened. It served varieties of Hunger Paynes’ signature croquettes, as well as wraps and salads, and had a dozen Dayton-area beers on tap daily. A selection of wines also was available.
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Andrew Payne worked in several bricks-and-mortar restaurants and country club kitchens prior to launching his Hunger Paynes food truck in 2013. The food truck remains open and operating, and Payne also offers catering. He also owns the American Croquette Company, and his croquettes are served at local restaurants, including some Dayton-area Hot Head Burritos locations.
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Other local bricks-and-mortar restaurants launched by food trucks include Zombie Dogz on Brown Street near the University of Dayton, Flyby BBQ in the Mall at Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek, and The Vistro Modern Vietnamese on Linden Avenue across from the Eastown Shopping Center in Riverside.