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8 classic local restaurants that we miss

It’s always a shock to find out when a local restaurant that’s been around for generations has shut its doors.

An old-school restaurant is like a pair of well-worn house slippers, enveloping you in pure comfort.

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As the Dayton restaurant scene develops, we can’t help but be reminded of these 8 restaurants that were once Dayton staples, but are no longer around today.

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🍽️ 1. King Cole Restaurant

The dining room of the King Cole restaurant in Dayton, circa 1974.
Photo: Dayton Daily News archives/Dayton Daily News archives

Once located in the Kettering Tower in downtown Dayton, King Cole was known for steaks, seafood and stately paintings on the walls. The server would run a crumb cleaner across the tablecloth between courses.

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🍽️ 2. Charley’s Crab

Charley's Crab Sept. 1980
Photo: Walt Kleine

In the upstairs of the Arcade in downtown Dayton, Charley’s served to-die-for rolls, slathered with butter – those rolls went well with any of the seafood dishes.

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🍽️ 3. Neil’s Heritage House

Diners enjoy their dinner in the newly renovated at Neil's Heritage House in Kettering. Dayton-area economic development and restaurant industry officials are hailing a 2011 surge of reborn restaurants across the Miami Valley as a strong sign of the regions economic recovery.
Photo: Teesha Mcclam/Dayton Daily News

Located at the corner of South Patterson Boulevard and West Schantz Avenue, Neil’s Heritage House was a popular supper club for about 50 years, and a highly sought-after venue for wedding receptions, reunions and other private parties. In 2015, the non-profit organization Dayton History purchased the iconic property for about $700,000. It’s within walking distance of Carillon Historical Park.

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🍽️ 4. L’Auberge

L'Auberge’s outdoor patio dining area was called Far Hills Cafe. PHOTO BY JAN UNDERWOOD
Photo: Jan Underwood/Jan Underwood

Once the most highly credentialed restaurant in all of Dayton, l’Auberge on Far Hills Drive near the Town & Country Shopping Center in Kettering was founded in 1979 by Josef Reif and the late Dieter Krug. For 19  years, it held a four-star rating from the Mobil Travel Guide.

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🍽️ 5. Dominic’s

3/2/07 -- ddn030807z7dominics -- Dominics restaurant at 1066 S. Main St. is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. PHOTO BY JAN UNDERWOOD

Located on South Main Street across from the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, Dominic’s served some of the best manicotti in Southwest Ohio. Ordering the House Salad Dressing was almost mandatory. After a meal at Dominic’s, your skin pores exuded garlic for days.

🍽️ 6. Anticoli’s Giuliano Tavern

Anticoli's Giuliano Tavern is scheduled to shut its doors for good on June 7, and its owner, 80-year-old Leo Anticoli, will retire. MARK FISHER/STAFF

Located on South Main Street in Miamisburg, Anticoli’s closed in 2015 after Leo Anticoli, it’s 80-year-old owner, announced his retirement. The restaurant served traditional Italian cuisine, including spaghetti and meatballs as well as ravioli.

🍽️ 7. The Stockyards Inn

The Stockyards Inn will be up for auction on August 15, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
Photo: Ty Greenlees/Ty Greenlees

Operating at least since 1900, the Stockyards at 1065 Springfield St. called it quits in 2013. It used to be one of the places to go for a good steak and bottle of wine.

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🍽️ 8. Peasant Stock

The Peasant Stock restaurant operated in the Town & Country Shopping Center in Kettering.
Photo: Dayton Daily News archives/Dayton Daily News archives

Once a fixture in the Town & Country shopping mall in Kettering, Peasant Stock was the place to go and was famous for its Peasant Salad, a chopped salad featuring green peas, hardboiled eggs, cheddar cheese and fried bacon crisps. It was served on chilled pewter plates.


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