Piada sets target date for new restaurant, giveaway

Piada Italian Street Food has set a target opening date of Oct. 25 for its new Beavercreek restaurant, and just as the Columbus-based chain did for its Kettering location two weeks ago, Piada will give away “free food for year” to the first 100 people in line on opening day.

The new Piada at 3286 Pentagon Blvd. near the Mall at Fairfield Commons will be the third in the Dayton area. In addition to the Kettering location at 4397 Far Hills Ave. that opened Sept. 27, Piada operates a restaurant at 1047 Miamisburg-Centerville Road in Washington Twp. that opened last October.

For the promotional event on opening day, the Beavercreek Piada will again be giving away vouchers for 52 Piada entrees, with a retail value of about $500, to the first 100 people in line when the restaurant opens late morning on opening day.

The Oct. 25 date is still tentative, a Piada spokeswoman said. And those hoping to score the free-food voucher will probably have to arrive the night before and prepare to camp out overnight: the Kettering store opening on Sept. 27 drew throngs of people, and the first 100 had already secured their spots in line by 8 p.m. the night before, the spokeswoman said.

The new Beavercreek Piada is expected to employ 35 to 40 people. It will seat 76 inside and has patio seating for an additional 18.

The Piada concept, featuring custom-rolled wraps, pasta bowls and salads, is the brainchild of Chris Doody, co-founder of the Bravo and Brio Italian restaurant chains. Doody said last year that he chose Dayton as the first expansion of Piada outside of the Columbus area because the Dayton area “has been a great market for Brio and Bravo.”