Restaurants in Dayton area: 12 new, 7 coming soon


What do you do after you run out of delicious Thanksgiving leftovers?

Go and check out all of the new eateries that have come to the Dayton area during the month of November.

Here is everything you need to know about these new restaurants and others that are on the way in the Miami Valley.

What’s new?

Bibibop Asian Grill

This restaurant will officially open its doors today, Dec. 1, at 1200 Brown St. near the University of Dayton campus, according to a spokeswoman for the chain.

Bibibop operates like a build-your-own service concept where diners chose from purple or white rice for their bowl or have their dish prepared as a salad or wrap, then select from two types of chicken, beef or tofu, and then top their dish from a variety of vegetables and garnishes.

This restaurant was founded in Columbus in 2013 and has since spread to 10 restaurants in the Columbus and Cincinnati areas.

Philly Pretzel Factory

Centerville just welcomed this new soft pretzel store in late November at 1063 S. Main St.

Its menu includes traditional Philly-style pretzels, pretzel twists, mini pretzel rivets, pretzel dogs, and more.

While the store officially opened Nov. 29, the Philly Pretzel Factory will host a grand opening celebration on Dec. 10.

Soft PretzelPhilly Pretzel Factory in Centerville opened up shop. CONTRIBUTED

Old Bag of Nails

This pub opened its doors on Nov. 28 in the Cross Pointe Shopping Center in Centerville. It is the 15th location for the Columbus-based chain.

“We’re really excited — I’ve been doing this for a while, and I can tell when a place is going to be busy,” owner Mike Purdum said. “It’ll be a great place to hang out and watch the game.”

Old Bag of Nails has the capacity to seat 140 to 160 people.

Mike’s Nashville Hot

The new Mike’s Nashville Hot opened on Nov. 23 at 10655 Innovation Drive in the Austin Landing development in Miami Twp.

This new restaurant offers made-to-order chicken with a variety of spice levels to choose from, along with salads, Mac ‘n’ Cheese, Hash Brown Casserole, desserts and more.

Mike’s Nashville Hot also has a license to serve alcohol and opened with two local beers that are both from downtown Dayton’s Warped Wing Brewing Company: Trotwood Lager and Ermal’s Cream Ale.

Mikes NashvilleMike’s Nashville Hot opened its first Dayton-area restaurant Wednesday, Nov. 23 in the Austin Landing development in Miami Twp. MARK FISHER/STAFF

Wandering Griffin Brewery & Pub

Wright State University in Beavercreek welcomed its newest neighbor: Wandering Griffin Brewery & Pub, which is located just across from the university.

This brewpub serves a variety of sandwiches, salads, entrees and appetizers, along with a pizza menu.

Co-founder Brian Young had a “soft opening” of the Wandering Griffin Brewery & Pub on Nov. 23 with a full grand opening following on Dec. 2.

Bar 145/Reset

The Austin Landing development in Miami Twp. got a new bar called Bar 145/Reset on Nov. 22 at 10259 Penny Lane.

They will specialize in burgers, bourbon, beer and live music in the 6,100-square-foot establishment.

Bar 145 will join in with two other bars across the region that are embracing the arcade-game trend.

Bar 145/ResetBar 145/Reset bar is scheduled to open to the public on Tuesday, Nov. 22.

Ranch One – Chicken Made Fresh

Ranch One – Chicken Made Fresh opened at The Greene at 4474 Glengarry Drive, near the cinemas, on Nov. 19.

Ranch One serves chicken in a variety of ways, including marinated and grilled or breaded and fried with your choice of either chicken tenders, wings and popcorn chicken.

Caramella’s Italian Kitchen

Dayton’s newest full-service Italian restaurant at 6204 Wilmington Pike in the Sugarcreek Plaza had a grand opening on Nov. 18.

Caramella’s Italian Kitchen has a menu that includes Lasagna Bolognese, Mushroom Risotto, Romaine wedge salad, Shrimp and Scallop Scampi, Chicken Parmesan and Veal Portobello Marsala.

This restaurant also offers a wine list that has more than 15 selections available by the glass and 12 craft beers on tap.

CaramellasCaramella’s Italian Kitchen opened Nov. 18 in the Sugarcreek Plaza, replacing what had been Murphy’s Irish Pub. MARK FISHER/STAFF

Liquid Sports Club

The building that used to house the former Barnsider at 5202 N. Main St. in Harrison Twp. has been transformed into a new casual restaurant called Liquid Sports Club, or Liquid S.C.

Liquid S.C is open Tuesday through Friday at 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at noon and is closed on Mondays.

You can find wings, burgers, cheesesteaks, pizza and salads on their menu.

Zombie Dogz

The popular food truck has finally opened its first bricks-and-mortar place on Brown Street near the University of Dayton.

The restaurant opened with 28 employees and can seat about 50 in its 2,000-square-foot space, according to Zombie Dogz co-founder Dave VanArtsdalen.

The restaurant is serving up a dozen of its specialty hot dogs including, “Smells Like Zombie Spirit,” which has shredded Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and Thousand Island dressing or brown mustard.

Zombie DogzThe line outside Zombie Dogz restaurant moments before it opened to the public this morning. MARK FISHER/STAFF

Donut Palace

Donut Palace opened its third location for the locally owned doughnut-shop operation on Nov. 9 at 5115 Old Troy Pike in Huber Heights.

The owner of Donut Palace, Monsour Issa, said he plans to remodel this space in Huber Heights to add ice cream, milkshakes, coffee shakes, smoothies, bananas splits, sundaes and donut sundaes.

Smiths’ Boathouse Restaurant

A new eatery called Smiths’ Boathouse Restaurant opened on the first of November in Troy’s Treasure Island Park, which overlooks the Great Miami River at 439 North Elm St.

Smiths’ Boathouse has a seating capacity of about 150, employs 20 to 25 and specializes in seafood and steaks with a full liquor license.

Smiths BoathouseSmiths’ Boathouse Restaurant opened Nov. 1, in Troy. Photo from Smiths’ Boathouse Restaurant Facebook page

Coming soon

D20: A Bar with Character

D20: A Bar with Character is gearing up to open in about two weeks at 2144 E. Whipp Road in the Oak Creek Plaza. It is currently hiring bartenders.

“This will be very different from any other bar in Dayton,” according to Andrew Sparks, co-founder of D20 with Christine Cooper.

Instead of having televisions in the establishment, they will have more than 300 board games and table top games available.

Submarine House

The space that previously housed a Blockbuster video at 1000 Miamisburg-Centerville Road will soon reopen as a Submarine House.

The franchisee for the new sports bar, Jeremy McDaniel, said that the restaurant will probably open around “late December to the first of the year.”

Submarine HouseA Submarine House sports bar and Grill is gearing up to open in late December or early January in the Normandy Square Shopping Center in Washington Twp. File photo

Chick-fil-A

Construction is under way at the new Chick-fil-A at 480 E. Stroop Road and the restaurant is gearing up for a January opening, according to a Chick-fil-A spokeswoman.

Hiring has already begun, with the restaurant looking to bring on at least 80 and possibly as many as 100 people.

According to a spokeswoman, the restaurant will be 4,988-sqaure-feet, seat 124 inside and include double drive-through windows.

Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers

Raising Cane’s spokeswoman Andria Morgan has confirmed that the Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based chain is about to finalize the details on its first Dayton-area location.

Morgan also said that plans call for the Ohio 725 location to open as early as June 2017.

The menu for this eatery is a simple concept: chicken fingers, made “fresh, never frozen,” marinated for 24 hours, then hand-battered and cooked to order.

Raising CanesThis Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers restaurant opened in Fairfield last month. FILE PHOTO

El Rancho Grande

The Cincinnati-based Mexican restaurant, El Rancho Grande, is getting ready to open two new Dayton-area restaurants: one in a former Applebee’s at 1450 W. Dorothy Lane and another in a former LaRosa’s at 7375 OId Troy Pike.

Economic development manager for the city of Kettering, Gregg Gorsuch, said that El Rancho Grande “has had great success” with its restaurant on Wilmington Pike south of Stroop Road in Kettering, “and there’s no reason to believe they won’t be just as successful at the new location.”

Neither of the new restaurants will be open until at least 2017.

Tim Hortons

Tim Hortons is working on opening restaurants in Moraine, Riverside and Troy as part of an expansion that could bring as many as 10 new locations over the next three years, including one at 3010 Kettering Blvd. in Dayton.

“Tim Hortons is a solid brand … it attracts customers in all times of the day,” said Tabbassum Mumtaz, CEO of Ampex Brands, the restaurant chain’s Ohio franchisee. And the Dayton area “is the market where we wanted to build the brand,” Mumtaz said.

Tim HortonsA new Tim Horton’s is under construction at 3010 Kettering Blvd., the site of a former KFC restaurant. MARK FISHER/STAFF

Mudlick Tap House

The owners of Mudlick Tap House, Forrest Williams along with Jennifer Dean, are hard at work to open the restaurant and beer pub’s second location at 135 E. Second St. in downtown Dayton.

According to Dean and Williams, plans call for an opening next spring.

The Mudlick Tap House offers a broad menu, all dishes made from scratch and will have about a dozen beer taps, all devoted to craft beers, along with cocktails and wine.


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