New ‘Club Evolution’ makes its debut in downtown Dayton

It wasn’t the venue that he originally envisioned, but Grant Dixon has opened Club Evolution in downtown Dayton.

Dixon had planned to open Evolution 804 Nightclub at 804 E. Monument Ave., but those plans stalled in July prior to Dixon filing a lawsuit in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court against the owners of the building.

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Subsequently, Dixon purchased the Riff Raff Tavern at 130 N. Patterson Blvd., and after initially reopening in mid-July as Riff Raff Bar & Grill, Dixon yesterday, Aug. 23, announced he had re-named the business Club Evolution.

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“The live band concept was a nice idea, but it only really generated two or three good hours of sales per night,” Dixon told this news outlet. “Also, we would like to become a nightclub that truly welcomes everyone over 21.”

The club’s food-service operation will evolve into The Bistro at Evolution, and plans call for it to open “within two weeks,” Dixon said.

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Club Evolution’s hours are 5 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. seven days a week. The bistro will be open Monday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. “It will be open for lunch Monday through Friday very soon,” Dixon said.

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Dixon worked in and managed nightclubs in Kettering, Dayton and Huber Heights several years ago, and also operates a senior home-care service.

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