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.
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
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
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
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.
🍽️ 4. L’Auberge
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
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
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
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.
🍽️ 8. Peasant Stock
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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