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Zombie Dogz to close, then rise from dead with new ‘kitschy’ food 

Zombie Dogz is preparing for a major resurrection.

The beloved food truck turned brick-and-mortar restaurant at 1200 Brown St. will be closed Jan. 14-28 for major changes. 

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When the smoke clears, Lisa Vitale, a Zombie Dogz manager, said a new, more lively Zombie Dogz will emerge. 

“We are really good at hot dogs, but we’ve been working on some recipes for some other food items, dessert and starters,” she said. “We have some more fun, kitschy things to add that’s us.”

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The restaurant posted about the changes Tuesday, Jan. 8 on Facebook. 

“We are expanding our menu, MEANING, we want to be more than just hot dogs๐Ÿ˜. We’re good cooks and are very creative, so we’re adding amazing new products to focus on a full-service menu.๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ We’re most excited about our new dessert line we have in store for you.๐Ÿฆ„๐Ÿ’œ๐ŸŽ‰We also have a new loyalty program that we can promote specials, purchase incentives, and reach out to you on your birthday๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰. And lastly, expansion opportunities ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿค—.” 

Zombie Dogz on Brown Street in Dayton. (Photo by Amelia Robinson)

Zombie Dogz opened on Brown Street on Nov. 13, 2016.

Its restaurant, food truck and gourmet hot dogs enjoy a loyal following. 

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More than 50 trucks participated in this year's Miami County Gourmet Food Truck Rally, including Zombie Dogz. Pictured here is their Blood Graffiti dog. PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM PHOTOGRAPHY (Tom Gilliam)

For the second consecutive year, Zombie Dogz was named Best Food Truck in Dayton.com’s Best of Dayton poll, a people’s choice contest. 

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David and Lee VanArtsdalen

More than 50 trucks participated in this year's Miami County Gourmet Food Truck Rally, including Zombie Dogz. One of their specialties is a pizza-inspired dog called the Blood Graffiti. PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM PHOTOGRAPHY (Tom Gilliam)

 Calling in Dead, the hot dog made with housemade white truffle mac and cheese topped with Parmesan garlic cracker crumbs, won Best Food Truck Dish.

Zombie Dogz on Brown Street in Dayton. (Photo by Amelia Robinson)

More than half a million votes were cast in Best of Dayton 2018. 

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Vitale said hot dogs will remain a big part of the business and the name of the restaurant will remain the same, even though its focus will expand. 

The restaurant already accepts Uber Eats orders and will soon add Door Dash. 

Two or three more employees will be hired to support the added service and menu changes. 

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The training will occur and the interior of the restaurant will be renovated the two weeks the business is closed. 

“Mostly it is cosmetic stuff,” Vitale said.  

She declined to elaborate more now to “keep it exciting,” but said fans can expect an even better Zombie Dogz. 

““It’s a new year, a new Zombie Dogz,” she said.

Zombie Dogz on Brown Street in Dayton. (Photo by Amelia Robinson)

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