New Starbucks to open inside Schuster Center

A new Starbucks cafe is heading to downtown Dayton inside the Schuster Center next year.

Dayton Live announced today the popular coffee destination will be located in a part of the space formerly occupied by Citilites Restaurant & Bar in the Schuster’s Kettering Wintergarden. The location, 1,400 square feet, is about half the available space, according to organizers.

Permits are being filed with the county and city as required by law.

A release states Victoria Theatre Association d.b.a. Dayton Live will be granted a license to operate this new Starbucks location and anticipates the entire permitting and build-out process to be complete for a grand opening sometime in spring 2022.

Citilites closed at the beginning of 2020 before the pandemic primarily due to a “much-needed makeover” and to notably address lagging sales, according to Dayton Live.

Citilites was open for business lunch, Monday through Friday, and performance days for dinners only. Dayton Live expects Starbucks to have a regular seven days a week schedule and feature a full menu.

The Starbucks cafe is phase one of the project with a phase two lounge in the remaining space still being planned for the future, according to Dayton Live.

More information will become available once a timeline has been confirmed.

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