breaking news

What if a government shutdown happened? Five things to know

Local Asian restaurant to shut down after nearly 30 years


The Dayton area is losing one of its oldest continuously operating family-owned Asian restaurants later this month — although there’s a strong chance it will resurface in 2018 in a new location.

The Flying Tiger Chinese Restaurant at 60 S. Broad St. in Fairborn is preparing to shut down on July 23, Richard and Jennifer Liu, the son and daughter of the restaurant’s founders, told this news outlet in separate interviews this morning. Both siblings said there is a strong possibility they will look to open a new Flying Tiger restaurant after taking a break of at least six months.

The restaurant opened in the late 1980s.

Wat da Pho opens Vietnamese restaurant in Beavercreek

A firm representing a franchisee for Burger King has submitted plans to open a new Burger King restaurant on the Broad Street property. Plans that include a drive-through were approved unanimously last night, July 11, by the Fairborn planning board, according to Michael Gebhart, Fairborn’s assistant city manager. The proposed plans are on Fairborn City Council’s agenda next week, Gebhart said.

>>6 awesome places to get sushi in Dayton

rumor has circulated in Fairborn and on social media that the city had played a part in forcing Flying Tiger out. Both Richard and Jennifer Liu said that is simply not true.

ALSO TODAY: Fairborn restaurant to host birthday bash — it’s own

“This was a mutual agreement between us and Burger King, which was interested in our lot,” Jennifer Liu said this morning in a phone interview. “Our family wanted to scale down — this is a huge, 5,000-square-foot restaurant. My mom is in her late 70s and needs to retire.”

>>10 best places to grab food near Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

Gebhart also said the city played no role in the purchase of the restaurant, and noted that Jennifer Liu spoke publicly in favor of the Burger King application. Fairborn City Manager Rob Anderson spoke in a Facebook Live from the restaurant earlier this week describing the family’s desire to scale back.

Wandering Griffin brewpub takes big step toward brewing its own beer

The family will take a break and explore Asian cuisines here and elsewhere in anticipation of re-inventing and updating a new Flying Tiger sometime next year, Jennifer Liu said. Her brother Richard said he is looking forward to spending time with his family, including his 9-year-old son, before turning his attention to the possibility of launching a new Flying Tiger.

>>CHEAP EATS: Yumtastic Asian grub at Dayton restaurant

The family will look first for locations in Fairborn, Richard and Jennifer Liu said, because of the loyal customer base the restaurant has developed.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

6 things to know about Basil 1791, Hamilton’s newest restaurant
6 things to know about Basil 1791, Hamilton’s newest restaurant

Basil 1791 recently opened at 241 High St. in Hamilton in a space that formerly was home to Ryan’s Tavern, a business that helped kick off booming growth in the city’s downtown a decade ago. Here are six things to know about the new dining spot: Basil doesn’t only have the menu items you’d expect to find at a full Asian bistro...
You can get $10 unlimited movies with MoviePass, but what's the catch?
You can get $10 unlimited movies with MoviePass, but what's the catch?

Movie theaters are losing millions of customers to Netflix, Amazon Prime and other streaming services. So they're fighting back with monthly subscription plans like MoviePass, a sort of Netflix in the theater. But is MoviePass worth considering? For just $9.95 a month, you can see a first run movie every day, even movies like the Star Wars' The Last...
The yoga class for even the most unbendy
The yoga class for even the most unbendy

Too busy … too out of shape … too old? Instructor Tracy Rife has heard countless excuses for not trying yoga, but none as often as this one: “I’m not flexible enough.” “I hear it all the time,” Rife said. “But that’s why you take yoga, so you can become more flexible. I’ve always been told...
Pursuit through Piqua, Troy ends in crash, 2 arrests
Pursuit through Piqua, Troy ends in crash, 2 arrests

A pursuit that started in Piqua late Wednesday night reached speeds of over 100 mph, according to police. The pursuit started just after 11 p.m. after an officer attempted a traffic stop on a suspected OVI driver, police said.  The suspect vehicle fled from police, reaching speeds of just over 100 mph. The vehicle hit stop sticks and crashed in...
Report of person down prompts police investigation in Trotwood
Report of person down prompts police investigation in Trotwood

Police are investigating after they were called to reports of a person down in Trotwood early Thursday. Officers were dispatched to the area of Free Pike and Hermosa Drive around 2 a.m.  As of 4 a.m., police remain on scene. This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.
More Stories