The national mood of the restaurant industry remains generally positive, and that optimism is showing up in the Dayton area, where multiple projects — including two new casual Italian restaurants, a Starbucks coffee shop and a new brewpub — are nearing completion.
The National Restaurant Association announced Wednesday that its Restaurant Performance Index remained positive in June for the fourth consecutive month, boosted by gains in sales and customer traffic, and by restaurant operators’ general optimism about the business environment in the months ahead.
In the Dayton area, a spokeswoman for Piada Italian Street Food restaurants said Wednesday that its new location at 4397 Far Hills Ave. in Kettering is scheduled to open the first week of September, and another new location at 3286 Pentagon Blvd. in Beavercreek is slated to open in late September or early October.
Each new Piada restaurant will employ 35 to 40 people. The first Dayton-area Piada opened last fall at 1047 Miamisburg-Centerville Road in Washington Twp.
And a new Starbucks under construction at 6252 Wilmington Pike in Sugarcreek Twp. will open in late August or early September, a Starbucks spokeswoman said Wednesday. The new Starbucks will include a drive-through and will hire about 20 employees.
In addition, the Fifth Street Brewpub at 1600 E. Fifth St. will host a ribbon-cutting and grand opening starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3.