Some rather high-profile restaurant openings are on the menu for the Dayton area during 2018, and our knives and forks are poised to dig in.
Here’s just a small sampling to whet your appetite for what’s to come.
• Fuzzy’s Taco Shop: This Texas-based chain will meke its debut in the Dayton area when it fills one of The Greene’s most prominent new retail spaces in early 2018. The new restaurant will occupy a 3,871 square-foot space in a new building that opened last year at The Greene’s main entrance.
The building — which faces Indian Ripple Road — was originally going to house the Dayton area’s first World of Beer pub, but World of Beer pulled out of the deal in 2016.
Fuzzy’s Taco Shop is known for its Mexican dishes such as Baja-style tacos, white queso, and jumbo burritos in addition to frozen margaritas and beer. And breakfast is served all day.
• The Troll Pub at the Wheelhouse is coming to 220 Wayne Ave. in Dayton will be the second location for Troll Pub Under The Bridge, a popular tavern in Louisville, Ky.
The new 6,500-square-foot Dayton pub is expected to seat as many as 250 and to employ about 45. The Louisville tavern is known for its extensive selection of bourbons and a food menu that Troll Pub folks describe as “pub grub, but made from scratch.”
• “The Famous Restaurant” is under development by the owners of Doubleday’s Grill and Tavern at the former Paddy’s Irish Grill at 953 S. Main St. in Centerville.
Precise details about this new restaurant have been something of a mystery, but owners have left tantalizing clues about the new restaurant concept on a “The Famous Restaurant” Facebook page:
“Coming to Centerville in early 2018: Inspired by three generations of culinary craft, The Famous Restaurant promises a modern take on a legendary Pottsville, PA family staple,” owners said in an Oct. 31 post.
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Earlier generations of the Thomas family that own both Doubleday’s restaurants operated The Famous in Pottsville, and that restaurant’s signature dishes will be on the menu of the new restaurant, employees of Doubleday’s have told its customers.
On Christmas Day, the owners wrote: “2017 has been such a wonderful year, and 2018 promises to bring something ‘Famously’ different to our community. We can’t wait! Cheers!”
The restaurant will start hiring in the next few weeks, owners said on Facebook.
• Hunger Paynes Beer & Wine Garden — a bricks and mortar spinoff from a popular local food truck — is coming to the Dayton Mall early in 2018.
Plans call for the new beer and wine pub inside the Dayton Mall to serve many of the same signature croquettes offered by the Hunger Paynes food truck.
The new pub will have 12 taps devoted to local breweries, and it will also offer wines from southwest Ohio wineries, founder Andrew Payne said. A signature wine slushie also is planned. The food menu will extend beyond croquettes to include offerings such as tacos and cheese plates.
Payne recently told this new outlet that he’s shooting for a February opening.
• Jubie’s Creamery is gearing up to open this spring in Fairborn.
The independent ice cream shop will be located at 471 W. Dayton-Yellow Springs Road, in a building that has been vacant for several years. The space previously housed Mekong Vietnamese restaurant, which closed nearly a decade ago, Fairborn city officials have said.
The ice cream shop’s founder is Julie Domicone, who graduated from OSU’s Fisher College of Business in May 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, specializing in operations and logistics management.