Mark Fisher

Food and dining reporter

Mark Fisher, a 1981 graduate of Ohio State University and a 1976 graduate of Beavercreek High School, is a third-generation Dayton-area resident who has worked for the Dayton Daily News since 1983. He covered higher education and K-12 education accountability issues for nearly 20 years before taking over the food and dining beat in 2006. He also has written a wine column for the newspaper since 1989. He writes the Taste: Dayton Food and Restaurants and Uncorked blogs for the newspaper's web site. He and his wife Julie, who teaches at Fairmont High School, live in Kettering and have two adult sons who are Fairmont graduates.

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2 new Submarine House restaurants will be chain’s largest

A new Submarine House sports bar and grill in Huber Heights that we first told you about in January is a couple of weeks away from opening, and another new Submarine House coming to Washington Twp. is scheduled to open this fall, Brody Danner, the chain’s co-owner, said today. “Both ...

80-year-old Cassano’s Pizza employee to retire today after 57 years

Mabel Cline says she didn’t want to be known as someone who jumped from job to job. No one will ever be able to accuse her of doing that. The 80-year-old shift manager at the Cassano’s Pizza King restaurant on Smithville Road in Dayton will retire at the end of ...

Sneak peek: Meet downtown Dayton’s next new restaurant

Downtown Dayton’s newest restaurant has started hiring as it gears up to open in early fall. Initially, plans call for Table 33 at 130 W. Second St. to open only the bakery and bar part of the restaurant, followed four to six weeks later by the full-service restaurant portion of ...

Dayton-area Ruby Tuesday restaurants have apparently escaped the chopping block in a round of store closings by the national restaurant chain.

Ruby Tuesday restaurant closings won’t affect Dayton this time

The latest round of restaurant closings by Ruby Tuesday that we first told you about Aug. 12 does not include any Dayton-area locations, according to documents obtained today by this news outlet.>> RELATED: Ruby Tuesday to close 95 restaurantsRuby Tuesday announced plans Aug. 11 to shut down 95 underperforming restaurants ...

Katarina Dranchak. Contributed photo

18-year old OSU student from Beavercreek wins $20,000 award

An 18-year-old Chaminade-Julienne High School graduate from Beavercreek has been named one of only 10 winners nationwide of the inaugural James Beard Foundation National Scholars Program. Katarina Dranchak, who is just starting her freshman year at Ohio State University, will receive $20,000 to pursue a career in culinary arts. Dranchak ...

IHOP will offer a “short stack” of three pancakes for $1 on Tuesday, Aug. 23 to benefit No Kid Hungry. Photo from IHOP Facebook page.

 IHOP to offer ‘short-stack’ of pancakes for $1 today

IHOP restaurants nationwide will offer a “short stack” of three buttermilk pancakes for a special price of $1 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today, Aug. 23.All of the proceeds from the sale will benefit No Kid Hungry, a Washington D.C. based non-profit organization that seeks to end child hunger ...

 New Kettering restaurant’s opening day pushed back

PizzaFire has pushed back by eight days the opening date for its first Dayton-area restaurant. The restaurant coming to 4325 Far Hills Ave. in Kettering had been scheduled to open today, Aug. 22. “We experienced a minor delay,” Ryan Rao, director of business development for the Cleveland-based pizza chain, said ...

MOD Pizza will open its first Dayton-area location in Englewood, and its second in Centerville. Photo from MOD Pizza Facebook page

MOD Pizza confirms 1st Dayton-area restaurant will open in Englewood

MOD Pizza will open its first Dayton-area location in Englewood, not Centerville as first thought.The first local MOD Pizza will be located in the 9100 block of North Main Street (Ohio 48) adjacent to a new Panera Cafe in an outlot in front of the Meijer store on Ohio 48 ...

This former Max & Erma’s in Springboro will morph into an El Toro Bar & Grill in the next few months. MARK FISHER/STAFF

El Toro Bar & Grill Mexican restaurant coming to Springboro

Dayton-based El Toro Bar & Grill finalized a 10-year lease on Wednesday and will open a restaurant at the former Max & Erma’s restaurant at 710 Gardner Road off Springboro Pike (Ohio 741), El Toro District Manager Enrique Alvarez confirmed this morning. The new restaurant is projected to open in ...

Dayton Beer Company to expand, add food service

The Dayton Beer Company (DBC) is expanding in part so it can add food service to its downtown Dayton brewery and tap room, the brewery’s owners announced this morning.The DBC will partner with the nearby Brixx Ice Co., 500 E. First St., to open the “2nd Street Pizza Company” at ...

 
 

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