“We want you to not be able to wait until the next time you come back,” Sarber said in an interview.
Each Agave & Rye is in essence a tequila bar and a bourbon bar inside a Mexican-inspired restaurant. The Troy location, like its sister restaurants, will feature a selection of 87 tequilas and 87 bourbons.
The food menu includes 20 specialty double-shell (crunchy corn and soft flour) tacos, including the “Swipe Right Honey," with lime-grilled chicken, sweet/spicy bacon, aged white cheddar, salsa and sour cream; the “Cat’s Meow White Cheddar,” with grits, Andouille sausage, bourbon shrimp, green onion, jambalaya sauce and crispy bell pepper; the “Crown Jewel,” with butter-poached lobster, shiitake mushrooms, mac 'n’ cheese, truffle oil and shavings and green onions; and “The Big Thumper,” with peppercorn kangaroo meat, sticky rice, spicy chili and barbecue jam, fried egg and crispy carrots. A burger and a chicken sandwich also are offered. Citrus juices are squeezed fresh each day, and taco toppings and dips such as guacamole and queso are made in-house daily.
A new menu addition, a duck quesadilla served with Asian slaw, will make its debut in Troy, Sarber said.
The new Troy restaurant will have something else no other Agave & Rye location currently has: a video-game arcade with more than a dozen vintage video games, all free to play for customers.
An artist's rendering of the new Agave & Rye restaurant on Troy's Public Square, which has set a projected opening date of Nov. 15. CONTRIBUTED
The new restaurant has installed Plexiglass between all booths in the Troy restaurant, and takes the temperatures of employees before every shift, Sarber said. Each of its restaurants has a “Sanitation Ninja” on duty whenever the restaurant is open, whose sole duty is wiping down exposed surfaces. Curbside pickup will be available, and to-go orders can be placed by phone or online at the company’s web site, www.agaveandrye.com. Catering will also be available.
The Agave & Rye co-founder said there are no immediate plans to add more Dayton-area locations, but she wouldn’t rule it out in the future.
“We didn’t think we would have more than one location in the greater Cincinnati market, and now we have three,” she said.
Agave & Rye's new restaurant on Troy's Public Square has set a projected opening date of Nov. 15, 2020. This photo was taken at the Agave & Rye location in Liberty Center in Liberty Township. It shows "The Epic Taco" with slab pork belly, apple slaw, pickled onion and rattlesnake sauce served here with Bourbon Peach Punch, left, and OG Rita, right. File photo by NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
Credit: Nick Graham
Credit: Nick Graham
Agave & Rye will be filling a prominent location on the Troy Public Square that had been vacant for more than two and a half years, since La Piazza shut down in February 2018 after a 25-year run. Sarber said when scouting the Dayton market for a location after Agave & Rye’s Liberty Center restaurant opened, she and other members of her team were surprised the former La Piazza space was available.
“We’re excited and grateful,” Sarber said. “The community seemed to immediately embrace the brand. ... We promise to put community first, and we can’t wait to be a part of it.”