Kettering sports bar changes to restaurant-pub

New owner Sean McKown of Kettering is painting and renovating the structure and said he hopes to open by late January or early February with a new menu and focus.

“I want families to feel comfortable here,” McKown said. “I’m concentrating on being more of a restaurant than a corner bar.”

But Buckin’ Donkey won’t entirely abandon its sports-bar roots: Pittsburgh native McKown said the pub will be a “Steelers Bar” during NFL season Sundays.

McKown has 23 years experience working at several bars and restaurants in the Miami Valley and in Arizona, including Dayton-area establishments Oregon Express, Harrigan’s and Barleycorn’s. He said he has been looking to open his own place for several years. The Buckin’ Donkey menu will include daily specials at both lunch and dinner, along with burgers, sandwiches, Cajun fishes, seafood, vegetarian options and salads. The restaurant will open at 10 a.m. and will serve breakfast all day, McKown said.

Buckin’ Donkey will seat about 90 people, with seating for 50 on a patio. McKown said the new pub will employ up to 20 people. For more information, call the Buckin’ Donkey Grille at (937) 723-7888.

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