Spanish-themed bar replaces Wine Gallery in downtown Dayton.

3 restaurants that opened in November 

November was a wild month in restaurant news. 

The beloved El Greco’s Pizza Villa in Harrison Township announced it would close at the end of the year. 

But that’s not the end of the story.

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The response from the community was so overwhelming the owner changed her mind about shutting down the restaurant for good. 

“Dear Customers, want to let you know we will NOT be closing Dec 22. I'm reconsidering/considering other options, but nothing is final. Thank you for your patience and your loyalty,” the El Greco Facebook page said. 

Here’s a look at some more good news on the Dayton dining scene from November.

Now open

New downtown Dayton tapas place Bar Granada is now open in the former Wine Gallery space at Main Street and Monument Avenue. The pub will serve Spanish wines and beers and a food menu of specialties from Spain. MARK FISHER/STAFF
Photo: Mark Fisher

“Bar Granada” in downtown Dayton opened “softly” over the long Thanksgiving Day weekend. 

Bar Granada will be part Spanish deli, part European Cafe, according to co-founder Paul Pelnar. It fills the space that formerly housed the Wine Gallery. 

The bar has posted its full menu on its web site, although Pelnar cautioned that the bar would serve a limited menu of croquetas hot and cold tapas in its initial few weeks of operation before introducing its special plates of the day and charcuterie selections. The drink menu will start with beers and wines, and will later expand to include cocktails. 

>> READ MORE: New Spanish-themed tapas bar now open in downtown Dayton

Rusty Taco

Rusty Taco is scheduled to open this new Beavercreek restaurant in mid-November. MARK FISHER/STAFF

The taco chain formerly known as R Taco, which opened its first Dayton-area franchise restaurant in March 2017, has a new name and a second Dayton-area location across from the Mall at Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek. 

Its new name is actually its original name: Rusty Taco, named after its founder, Russell "Rusty" Fenton, who opened the first Rusty Taco in the Dallas area in 2010.

The new restaurant will seat about 75 inside and another 50 on its patio. 

>> READ MORE: Rusty Taco in Beavercreek is SO close to opening that we can almost taste it

The Nest, a dish with noodles, vegetables and choice of meat, at Phan-Shin Chinese & Thai Restaurant in Oxford. Staff photo by Greg Lynch
Photo: Contributing Writer

Phan Shin Chinese & Thai Restaurant

This is good news for those with ties to Miami University.

A favorite Chinese cuisine restaurant in Oxford, Phan Shin, has reopened after an absence of more than 17 months.

The popular Asian restaurant, at 104 W. High St, shut down after business on May 29, 2017, for the building to be completely removed and a new one constructed.

“It took a while, but it was worth the wait,” said Yvonne Lin, manager of Phan Shin, a few days before the opening. She and her husband, John, bought the restaurant in 2008.

>> READ MORE: Popular Asian restaurant reopens after year-long absence