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Norman Mayne, CEO of Dorothy Lane Market, said Geez will be a great fit for the Washington Square Shopping Center.
“They’re locally owned, and they have provided wonderful service for the last 26 years,” Mayne said. “We share the same values and, in many cases, the same customers. It’s great to have Geez in the same shopping center as us.”
Geez Grill & Pub is moving after 26 years at 5841 Far Hills Ave.
Credit: Geez Grill & Pub
Credit: Geez Grill & Pub
Giallombardo plans to continue to operate Geez at its current location while making improvements to the new space, then relocate the restaurant, perhaps as soon as early September.
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“I’m shooting for the Tuesday after Labor Day,” Giallombardo told this news outlet Monday night.
The pub owner said the strong loyalty of Geez customers made the upcoming move possible.
“We have some people who come in twice a day,” Giallombardo said. “It’s really like a Cheers atmosphere. Everybody knows everybody. Good food, good people, good times. And that’s what we’ll do at the new location.”
The new restaurant’s seating capacity during the social-distancing requirements hasn’t been set, but it will be slightly larger than his current space, Giallombardo said. And he will be applying to Washington Twp. to add a small patio with six or eight tables to boost outdoor dining choices.
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Geez is very much a family operation. The restaurant was founded by Steve “Poppa G” Giallombardo, who passed away in 2017 at the age of 89; his wife Maxine, the matriarch of the family that included nine children; and Nick, who is the second-youngest of those nine children. Multiple members of the family work at the restaurant.
Italian specialties served at Geez, including the tomato sauce, meatballs and lasagna, are based on his mother’s and grandmother’s family recipes, Nick Giallombardo said. The restaurant also serves a broad menu that includes burgers, chicken, pizza and more.
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Geez currently employs 50, and Giallombardo said he expects that number to rise to about 70 over time.
Ruby Tuesday shut down the Far Hills Avenue restaurant on March 30, 2020, ending a 15-year run at that location. The national chain later closed another Dayton-area location on Milller Lane in Butler Twp.