McDonald’s to open new Far Hills location today

McDonald’s will open its newest restaurant at 6270 Far Hills Ave. in Centerville today.

To mark the grand opening, McDonald’s announced it will offer coupons for a free meal each week for a year to the first 25 customers at the drive-through and to the first 25 at the lobby entrance at 5 a.m. today.

Construction began in July on the new fast-food restaurant, which was built on the site that previously housed Talegators sports bar. The McDonald’s franchise owners closed a nearby restaurant at 6004 Far Hills Ave. (Ohio 48), which opened in 1989, to make way for the new, larger facility.

The new restaurant employs 75, a McDonald’s spokeswoman said Wednesday. The 4,800 square-foot building seats about 104 customers, and the restaurant has flat-screen televisions and a dual-lane drive-through.

McDonald’s and its franchise owners have been aggressively rebuilding or improving their Miami Valley restaurants for several years in projects that modernize the restaurants’ kitchens, service areas, dining rooms, and drive-throughs. The rebuilding and renovation projects cost about $16.6 million last year, McDonald’s officials said.

In other news on the Dayton-area dining front:

• Marion’s Piazza on Wednesday was named to the #1 spot in Pizza Today magazine’s “Hot 100” list of independent pizzerias in the nation. The magazine uses gross sales as its criteria, measuring all pizzerias with nine or fewer restaurants in the “independent” category. Marion’s CEO Roger Glass said the award is a testament to Marion’s Piazza’s employees and customers. Marion’s has been ranked second on the list for several years, Glass said.

• Wine & Canvas Dayton, a paint-and-sip franchise business that hosts its events at local restaurants rather than at its own studio, will launch later this month. Minster native Shannon Egbert, who owns the Wine & Canvas franchise with her husband Aaron, said she is putting together the inaugural event, tentatively scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 23 at Mimi’s Cafe at The Greene in Beavercreek.

• Wendy’s will redesign and remodel its franchise-owned restaurant at 220 S. Heincke Road in Miamisburg as part of a broader “brand transformation” that includes a new logo, signage, menu boards and crew uniforms, according to Wendy’s spokeswoman Kitty Munger. The Miamisburg Planning Commission approved the renovation plans this week, according to City Planner Jo Scott.

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