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JUST IN: Roost to shut down its Kettering location this fall

Restaurant will serve dinner during six more concert nights through Sept. 1.

Roost Events, the restaurant adjacent to Fraze Pavilion that was formerly known as Roost American, will close this fall — but not without one last blowout celebration, restaurant owner Dana Downs said today, Aug. 16.

The restaurant at 580 Lincoln Park Blvd. adjacent to the outdoor music venue will shut its doors permanently as of Oct. 15, but will offer dinner service for a half-dozen remaining concert nights through Sept. 11,  plus one more capstone celebration, Downs said. The restaurant ceased regular dinner service and morphed into a special-event and Fraze-concert-season-only venue in October 2017.

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In a release, Downs called the closure “a good business move” that will allow her to put all her efforts into Roost Italian, her restaurant in Dayton’s Oregon District, and into her catering business. Her restaurant is part of the space that will be leased by the Kettering City Schools.

“Although this is a very positive business decision, it is still a sad situation to see this long-standing Dayton landmark come to an end,” Downs said.

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The space at 580 Lincoln Park Blvd. has had a turbulent history, as restaurants have struggled to make year-round, full-service dining thrive at the location. The concepts that have come and gone there include Harbour Lights, Lincoln Park Grille, Norton’s, Pavilion Grille and The Tropics.

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Roost Events owner Dana Downs. CONTRIBUTED

Bill Mangan, who co-owned The Tropics, cited parking problems when he shut down the restaurant in September 2014, just after the Fraze concert season ended. Mangan had said his restaurant’s customers were not finding parking spots on show nights, and that was hurting his business. Kettering city officials responded that 90 parking spaces were reserved for restaurant patrons on all show nights.

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During the entire concert season of 2015, the space sat vacant. Downs opened the restaurant as Park City Club in late 2015, and changed its name to Roost American, with a slightly different concept, in February 2017.

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Downs said in a release that Roost and its landlord, Healthcare Trust of America (HTA), will dissolve the restaurant’s lease as of Oct. 15.

The remaining concerts that Roost Events will open for, according to Downs, are:

The Menus 8/17 

Sweet Caroline 8/25 

Culture Club /Boy George 9/5 

Euge Groove and Peter White 9/6 

Dave Koz 9/9

Ringo Star 9/11

Then on Sept. 14, Downs said she will host “The Last Dance” as a final celebration of the restaurant. Details will be available in the coming weeks at the Roost Facebook page.

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Roost Events by chef/owner Dana Downs, is more than a a good excuse to visit Lincoln Park Boulevard for Fraze concert season. VIVIENNE MACHI / STAFF

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