Restaurant owner gearing up to open new eatery after closing another

Lawren Williams is putting the finishing touches on a new restaurant a month after shutting down another eatery he had operated for nearly a decade.

Williams is shooting for a mid-February opening for Lefty's Eats & Espresso, his new restaurant and coffee shop that will be located at 2 W. Main St. in Fairborn. Two days before Christmas, Williams shut down his namesake restaurant, Williams Eatery, which had operated for nearly 10 years at 101 Corry St. in Yellow Springs.

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Lefty’s will offer sandwiches, soups and salads, and will include some menu options that go beyond traditional sandwich-shop fare, such as carnitas, lump crabmeat, Santa Fe chicken salad, and a grilled vegetarian sandwich with black beans and quinoa, Williams said. The restaurant will get its breads from Dayton’s Evans Bakery.

The restaurant/coffee shop will serve a full array of coffee drinks, including cappuccino, latte and espresso.

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Lefty's — named after Williams' father — will seat about 25, and plans call for adding a patio, Williams said. The restaurant will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. It will employ about 10, and is accepting applications on its website.

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For more information or to monitor Lefty's Eats & Espresso's progress toward opening, check out the eatery's Facebook page at

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