The Dayton restaurant scene has been BUSY this year. So busy, in fact, that seven (count ’em!) new restaurants opened in March alone.
How many have you been to so far?
Troll Pub at the Wheelhouse
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The new Troll Pub Wheelhouse isn’t some cozy little hole-in-the-wall. It’s a 6,500-square-foot restaurant and bar that is expected to seat as many as 250. The second location for the popular Troll Pub Under The Bridge in Louisville, Ky., the Dayton pub will offer an extensive selection of craft beers and bourbons and will offer a food menu that General Manager Ben Barker has described as “pub grub, but made from scratch.”
The Famous Restaurant
The Dayton area’s newest dining destination — “The Famous Restaurant” from the owners of Doubleday’s Grill and Tavern — is now open for business in south Centerville.
The new restaurant in the former Paddy’s Irish Grill at 953 S. Main St. in Centerville is an homage of sorts to the earlier generations of restaurant operators in the family of Jon, Steve and Stephanie Thomas, who own the Doubleday’s pubs in Centerville and Springboro.
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The menu has a throwback comfort-food feel. Slow-cooked pot roast pops up in various locations on the menu, from a topping on the “Pot Roast Burger” to the new restaurant’s take on a Hot Shot called the Pot Shot, to a topping on French Fries or Tater Tots (“almost Poutine”).
5 Points Cafe
A locally owned, independent breakfast-and-lunch restaurant closed and moved to a new location in Xenia.
Linda’s Restaurant closed at 51 E. Main St. in downtown Xenia and reopened at 131 Cincinnati Ave., under the new name of 5 Points Cafe. The space previously housed a handful of other restaurants, including Soular Flare Bistro and Uncle Sunny’s Homestyle Cajun Fish & Chicken.
5 Points Cafe will have the same menu style, the same staff and the same hours as Linda’s Restaurant: 5 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturday 5 a.m. to noon. But unlike Linda’s, it will accept credit cards.
OinkADoodleMoo Barbecue’s new Kettering location at 912 E. Dorothy Lane is now open.
The new restaurant is located in space that previously housed the original Dayton Beer Company taproom. It will seat 35 to 40 inside and will employ about 13, and will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Last month, OinkADoodleMoo opened a restaurant in a facility near the food court in Area A of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, after operating out of a mobile trailer since 2010 at WPAFB.
A Whopper of a new restaurant has opened its doors in Washington Twp. south of Centerville.
The new Burger King, at 9189 Dayton-Lebanon Pike, will have plenty of company along that stretch of road. The location near the Skeeter Lane intersection is virtually surrounded by other fast-food chain restaurants. Arby’s, McDonald’s and Taco Bell are the three consecutive businesses to its south, and Subway, Pizza Hut and Dairy Queen are with a block or two to the north. Starbucks and Skyline Chili are across the street.
Jack Lukey’s Oyster Saloon & Caviar and Local Hero Butchery & Fare
The food purveyor and dining spot at 521 Wayne Ave. in the Oregon District opened Glasz Bleu Oven in late 2017, and in recent weeks has added offerings from Jack Lukey’s Oyster Saloon & Caviar and Local Hero Butchery & Fare.
The new retail ventures are located in the Dietz Block building, built in 1886, which years ago housed Norman Miller & Sons Interiors store. Crafted & Cured, a growler-fill craft beer and cured meats bar, opened in 2016 in the southeast end of the District Provisions building.