Downtown Dayton restaurant to close

A downtown Dayton restaurant that opened 20 months ago will close at the end of business Friday because its owner has accepted a job in Massachusetts.

Serendipity Bistro at 25 S. St. Clair St. in the St. Clair Lofts will be open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. for dinner Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, then will shut its doors, according to Cammie Harris, who owns the restaurant with her husband James Harris. “Our last night will be Urban Nights,” she said.

The restaurant is for sale, and the couple is negotiating with a potential buyer who may reopen the restaurant and keep its name, Cammie Harris said.

The owners are moving to Holyoke, Mass., where James Harris has accepted a job, his wife said. James Harris is the former chief operating officer of the Dayton Public Schools, and he operated restaurants and an art gallery in Evansville, Indiana before coming to Dayton four years ago.

“We built this restaurant from the ground up, and for us, it was a great experience,” Cammie Harris said.

The owners “got great support from the powers that be in downtown Dayton,” Harris said. “It’s a great location. Hopefully, the next owner can take this restaurant to the next level.”