Cassano’s Pizza King is movin’ on up — up the street, in this case.
Next week, the iconic pizza chain will shut down its restaurant at 1200 Brown St. adjacent to the University of Dayton’s campus and move that store several blocks north to the new Flats at South Park, in the 400 block of Warren Street. Brown Street turns into Warren Street as it extends north toward downtown Dayton.
The new 2,000-square-foot restaurant will seat 40 and will open sometime during the week of Jan. 14, Chris Cassano, president of Cassano's Pizza King, told this news outlet.
“We will be serving the same area we did before, just from a new location, said Cassano, part of the third generation of his family to oversee the Dayton-born-and-bred pizza business.
Cassano’s, the Dayton area’s oldest pizza chain founded in 1953, operates more than 30 locations across the region, and has been active in recent years in either renovating or relocating some of its older stores. The pizza chain previously operated a restaurant at 1043 Brown St. before moving into retail strip at 1200 Brown St. in 2013.
The current Brown Street Cassano’s is located next door to the Arby’s restaurant that closed a week ago. A new-concept chicken restaurant from Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken is moving into the former Arby’s space.
The Flats at South Park offers 10,500 square feet of street-level commercial space, and will also be the home of the first Dayton-area coffee shop from Michigan-based Biggby Coffee.