Looking back on 2017, the Dayton area lost a number of restaurants -- a few of which were extremely surprising, sudden or just plain sad.
Here’s a list of some of the most notable restaurant closures in 2017.
1.) BAR DUMAINE (formerly known as Rue Dumaine)
This one hurt. Bar Dumaine was known as Rue Dumaine for more than nine of its 10-year stint at 1061 Miamisburg-Centerville Road, and closed its doors on July 2.
But all hope is not lost: award-winning Chef Anne Kearney still has big plans. “I dream of returning to Dayton in the late summer-early fall of 2019 in order to set up shop again and make great food happen in Dayton once again,” Kearney wrote in an email to her followers.
2.) HAWTHORN GRILL
The Hawthorn Grill opened in 2010 at 1222 E. Stroop Road in Kettering and operated as a full-service restaurant until April 2017, when founder Candace Rinke announced she was ceasing dinner service and rebranding as Sweet Prince Deli, a breakfast and lunch spot.
Less than four months after the rebrand, the restaurant shut down for good.
One of The Greene Town Center’s flagship restaurants shut down abruptly on Sept. 24.
McCormick & Schmick’s, a full-service seafood restaurant that has been open nearly as long as The Greene has, is closed permanently.
4.) TGI FRIDAYS
The abrupt closing of two of TGI Fridays locations in Huber Heights and at the Dayton Mall in September prompted some concern over the fate of the sole remaining Dayton-area location near the Mall at Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek.
But the Cincinnati-based franchise owner of Dayton-area TGI Fridays locations has some good news for the Beavercreek restaurant’s customers: “Beavercreek is staying open,” Daryl Beckles, human resource director for the Cincinnati-based Bistro Group, told this news outlet via email.
5.) FLYING TIGER
In July, one of the oldest family-owned Asian restaurants in the Miami Valley shut its doors. The Flying Tiger was located at 60 S. Broad St. in Fairborn.
But all hope is not lost: Richard and Jennifer Liu, the son and daughter of the restaurant’s founders, told this news outlet in early July that there is a strong possibility they will look to open a new Flying Tiger restaurant after taking a break of at least six months.
6.) MAX & ERMA’S
In April, the Max & Erma’s restaurant chain’s corporate owner confirmed it would close its restaurant in front of the Mall at Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek.
But the space got new life quickly: a new restaurant concept, MacKenzie River Pizza Grill Pub, opened in November.
Editor’s Note: We understand that this is not a comprehensive list of all Dayton-area restaurants that closed in 2017. Based on the amount of feedback and interest we received, these were the most notable.