5 new restaurants opening in the Dayton area soon

Get excited, foodies!

There was quite a bit of local restaurant-related news during October.

Here is a round-up of the latest news of restaurants planning to open in Dayton soon.


🥙 Pita Pit 

Dain Peters plans to open the area’s first Pita Pit location at 1047 Brown St. near the University of Dayton and Miami Valley Hospital. Peters is shooting for the first week of December to serve his first customers.

The restaurant will specialize in fresh and healthy pita sandwiches including Pita Pit’s Dagwood, Gyro, Souvlaki, Philly, Baja Chicken Bacon Ranch, Chicken Pesto, Boom Boom Black Bean (and the vegetarian) vegan hummus sandwiches.

“We grill your favorite meats and vegetables right in front of you,” he said. “It is a different and healthy option.”

There is a gluten-free wrap option.

>>READ MORE: 22-year-old opening Dayton’s newest restaurant

🍕 Pizza Hut 

Credit: Shannon O'Hara

Credit: Shannon O'Hara

Pizza Hut’s Dayton-area franchisee has signed a lease to open a new restaurant that will serve downtown Dayton and the University of Dayton area.

“Our plan is to be open by year end,” Carol M. Magazzeni, director of marketing and public relations for Pizza Hut franchisee Hallrich Inc., told this news outlet.

Hallrich officials signed a lease Monday at the former Family Video store at 1910 Wayne Ave. and will remodel the 5,700-square-foot space to open a carry-out and delivery pizza shop there.

🌮 Rusty Taco 

R Taco, which opened its first Dayton-area franchise restaurant in March 2017, has a new name and a second Dayton-area location that is projected to open in less than a month across from the Mall at Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek.

Its new name is actually its original name: Rusty Taco, named after its founder, Russell "Rusty" Fenton, who opened the first Rusty Taco in the Dallas area in 2010.

Rusty Taco is gearing up to open in the former Caddy’s Tap House space off of North Fairfield Road near I-675.

🍕 Manhattan Pizza, Wings & More

Manhattan Pizza, Wings & More will open Thursday, Nov. 1 at 4980 Nebraska Ave., east of Brandt Pike (Ohio 201) in Huber Heights.

As part of the grand opening, the new restaurant will offer a special of any two slices of pizza and a can of soda for $3.99.

Founder Shakhbazov Firuddin told this news outlet earlier this year that his restaurant will offer pizza, wings, calzones, salads and more for dine-in, pickup or delivery. Manhattan  Pizza will seat about 30, he said.

Firuddin operated a pizza business in New York City for seven years before moving to the Dayton area.

>> READ MORE: New pizza restaurant to host grand opening Thursday in Huber Heights

🥩 Black Rock Bar & Grill 

Credit: Black Rock Bar & Grill- Toledo

Credit: Black Rock Bar & Grill- Toledo

The franchise owners of a new 280-seat, 8,200-square-foot restaurant coming to the front porch of the Mall at Fairfield Commons are shooting for an early-February opening of the eatery that will be the first of its concept in the Dayton area.

Black Rock Bar & Grill serves entrees on a 755-degree volcanic rock, allowing diners to cook their meals to their liking. The entrees range from steaks, scallops and shrimp to hot dogs.

The  restaurant’s franchise owners say they will hire 115 to 125 employees.