November restaurant highlights: 5 new, 6 coming soon and 2 closed

November saw a number of announcements of new eateries coming to the area. 


MacKenzie River Pizza Grill Pub

A new-to-the-market restaurant concept opened its doors in November at the Mall at Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek. 

The former Max & Erma’s restaurant in front of the mall, which shut down in April, has been reborn as MacKenzie River Pizza Grill Pub. 

The MacKenzie River Pizza Grill Pub “is all about fresh ingredients, scratch kitchens, creative cocktails, and a diverse beer section in our casual rustic Montana atmosphere that depicts the heart and soul of the Rocky Mountains,” James Blystone, vice president of franchising and communication for Glacier Restaurant Group, said in April.

» READ MORE: New restaurant opens today at Mall at Fairfield Commons

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, the nation’s largest BBQ chain, opened its first Dayton-area restaurant. 

The restaurant is located at 752 Gardner Road, across Ohio 741 from Dorothy Lane Market and the Settler’s Walk retail center in Springboro.

It is the first Dickey’s in the Dayton area, although the Dallas-based chain operates locations in Mason, South Lebanon and Amelia in southwest Ohio and three in central Ohio north of Columbus. 

» READ MORE: The nation’s largest BBQ chain opens 1st Dayton-area restaurant

El Rancho Grande

A new El Rancho Grande opened Nov. 6 at 7375 Old Troy Pike (Ohio 202) in Huber Heights. 

It replaces the El Rancho Grande Mexican Grill at 7500 Poe Avenue in Vandalia, just off I-75 on the other side of the interstate from the Miller Lane restaurant row. 

» READ MORE: Mexican restaurant shuts down in Vandalia, relocates to Huber Heights


Wingstop opened at 2006 Miamisburg-Centerville Road (Ohio 725) at I-675, in the east edge of the South Towne Center in Miami Twp. 

“We’ll be one of the few food establishments along Miamisburg-Centerville Road to be open until midnight,” franchise owner Robert Hall told this news outlet. 

Wingstop serves a variety of wings, from mildly spiced to atomic. The lemon-pepper wings and seasoned fresh-cut fries are among customer favorites, Hall said. 

» READ MORE: New Wingstop chicken-wing restaurant opens in Miami Twp.

Dos Lunas Mexican Bar & Grill

An independent and locally owned Mexican restaurant called Dos Lunas Mexican Bar & Grill has opened its first Dayton-area location.

The new restaurant is located at 12 S. Tippecanoe Drive in Tipp City. It served its first customers last week in a retail center just off West Main Street (Ohio 571) just east of the I-75 interchange.

» READ MORE: New & locally owned Mexican restaurant opens 1st Dayton-area location

Coming Soon

Boston Stoker

A new Boston Stoker coffee shop is coming to South Main Street (Ohio 48) in Centerville. 

The new shop could open “softly” in as soon as three weeks, Boston Stoker President Henry Dean told this news outlet. It will be located in a former bank building at 215 N. Main St. (Ohio 48) across the street from Benham’s Grove. 

» READ MORE: New Boston Stoker coffee shop coming to Centerville

The Famous Restaurant 

New details are emerging about “The Famous Restaurant,” which is under development by the owners of Doubleday’s Grill and Tavern at the former Paddy’s Irish Grill at 953 S. Main St. in Centerville. 

Owners have left tantalizing clues about the new restaurant concept on a “The Famous Restaurant” Facebook page launched by the business. 

“Coming to Centerville in early 2018: Inspired by three generations of culinary craft, The Famous Restaurant promises a modern take on a legendary Pottsville, PA family staple. The food makes it The Famous Restaurant,” owners said in an Oct. 31 post.

» READ MORE: ‘The Famous Restaurant’ coming soon from Doubleday’s owners

Double Deuce Tavern & Family Pizzeria 

A family-friendly tavern and pizzeria is gearing up to open in its new home in a high-profile spot in Huber Heights. 

Double Deuce Tavern & Family Pizzeria, formerly located in north Dayton, has renovated the former site of C’s Pizza at 5186 Brandt Pike (State Route 201). A specific opening date has not yet been set.

» READ MORE: New ‘Double Deuce’ gears up to open in prominent spot in Huber Heights

Steak Escape 

A restaurant that has operated for decades at the Dayton Mall is gearing up to open a second location in Centerville. 

The Dayton area’s second Steak Escape is in the works at 6201 Wilmington Pike at Clyo Road near Miami Valley Hospital South. The restaurant will seat up to 30, will have a drive-through, will deliver, and will offer catering, Steak Escape co-owner and director of operations Michael Jraisat told this news outlet.

» READ MORE: Dayton Mall restaurant to add 2nd location in Centerville

The Bourbon Bayou Bistro

 A fourth Dayton-area food truck has set its sights on opening a bricks-and-mortar restaurant. 

The Bourbon Bayou Bistro is in the works at 607 N. Detroit St. in Xenia, in space that previously housed a Stan The Donut Man shop. 

And Xenia residents can get a taste of what’s in store at the new restaurant: The Bourbon Bayou Bistro food truck is setting up shop at the North Detroit Street venue seven days a week while work is underway on the bricks-and-mortar restaurant.

» READ MORE: Local Cajun food truck to launch a bricks & mortar spot

El Rancho Grande Mexican Grill & Cantina

A new restaurant is in the works in the Cross Pointe Centre in Centerville, and it will fill space that has not had a full-time tenant in as long as two years. 

El Rancho Grande Mexican Grill & Cantina is in the early stages of construction of its eighth Dayton-area restaurant in the large retail center on Alex-Bell Road east of Far Hills Avenue (Ohio 48), El Rancho Grande President of Operations Gary Rodriguez told this news outlet.

» READ MORE: New restaurant coming to long-vacant space in the Cross Pointe center


El Rancho Grande Mexican Grill & Cantina 

A high-profile Mexican restaurant has shut down on Poe Avenue in Vandalia but was replaced by a new location about a mile-and-a-half away in Huber Heights. 

After a 12-year run for the El Rancho Grande Mexican Grill & Cantina at 7500 Poe Avenue in Vandalia, just off I-75 on the other side of the interstate from the Miller Lane restaurant row, a new El Rancho Grande opened at 7375 Old Troy Pike (Ohio 202) in Huber Heights.

» READ MORE: Mexican restaurant shuts down in Vandalia, relocates to Huber Heights

The Flight Line Coffee Company

A locally owned, independent coffee shop that opened just over a year ago has shut its doors for good. 

The Flight Line Coffee Company opened Oct. 31, 2016 at 5604 Airway Road in the Page Manor Shopping Center in Riverside. But its owners announced on the coffee shop’s Facebook page that it was forced to shut down last week, on Nov. 19.

» READ MORE: Locally owned, independent coffee shop shuts down after 1 year

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