The Dayton area got its first taste of the national bakery-café chain Au Bon Pain when it opened within bakery-café Kennedy Union on the University of Dayton's campus, on Aug. 21.
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The chain, which is open to the public, offers breakfast and lunch items such as fresh-baked pastries, gourmet coffee, soup, sandwiches, mac & cheese and made-to-order salads, according to UD officials.
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2. Club Evolution
The new owner of Riff Raff Tavern, Grant Dixon, has renamed the bar and music venue Club Evolution. The nightclub, located at 130 N. Patterson Blvd., will offer a food-service operation called The Bistro at Evolution, which will be operational in early September.
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It wasn’t the venue that he originally envisioned, but Grant Dixon made it work.
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He had originally 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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3. Heavier Than Air Brewing Co.
The Dayton area has added another brewery, this one on the well-traveled strip of Miamisburg-Centerville Road (Ohio 725) between Centerville and the Dayton Mall.
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The aviation-themed brewery will primarily serve other local breweries’ offerings as it ramps up its own brewing operations.
4. Rapid Fired Pizza
Kettering-based Rapid Fired Pizza continues to live up to its name.
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On Aug. 15, the local pizza chain opened its 19th location near the Eastgate Mall in Cincinnati. The 2,300-square-foot restaurant near the Jungle Jim's International Market will seat up to 66, and will be owned and operated by franchises Zach and Beck Renfrow.
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The chain utilizes a quick-service concept, featuring a serving line in which customers pick out the toppings for their 11-inch thin-crust or 9-inch pan pizza. Customers can choose from eight sauces, eight cheeses, more than 30 toppings, and 19 dipping sauces to build their pizza, or try one of the 10 craft pizzas on the menu. Salads, breadsticks, and desserts are also available, as are craft beer and wine at most locations.
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