Several Dayton-area restaurants shut their doors in 2013 for various reasons, as we recently reported in the article ‘13 area restaurants that closed in 2013.’
Despite the closures, the local dining scene is far from bleak. As a matter of fact, it’s thriving, as several new eateries opened in the area last year.
Below are 10 restaurants that opened in 2013 — there were several others — and three to look for this year.
Blind Bob’s owners Lisa and Robert Mendenhall opened Lily’s Bistro in May. The business managed by their daughter Emily is at 329 E. Fifth St. — the former site of Boulevard Haus/Cafe Boulevard.
Read: New bistro slated to open in Oregon District tonight and the article Convicted restaurant owner should stay in prison, prosecutors say about the operatic demise of Boulevard Haus.
Steve Crandall and his wife Eunice Kim opened the deli in January 2013 at 2515 Far Hills Ave. in Oakwood.
It is the former location of the short-lived Cooper’s Deli.
Salar Restaurant and Lounge
Salar Executive Chef Margot Blondet and Manager Harry Trubounis opened their business at 410 E. Fifth St., the former site of Sidebar and Pacchia, in May.
“We are serving a world fusion menu,” Trubounis told us. “(Blondet) graduated first in her class from Le Cordon Bleu in Lima, Perú, so she blends the flavors of her roots with her training in Italy and France. … She will create dishes that are a true fusion of flavors from all over the world.”
Bahama Mama’s Bar & Grill
The eatery opened at 512 S. Smithville Road near the United States Air Force Museum in November. Co-owner Dan Evans expects the restaurant’s kitchen to be open for service in a matter of days. It will serve lunch and dinner.
Wheat Penny Oven and Bar
The sister restaurant of Meadowlark, 5531 Far Hills Ave., Wheat Penny started building its name as a gourmet pizza restaurant with scrumptious entrees before opening its doors last fall.
It is located at 515 Wayne Ave., the former site of Coco’s Bistro.
BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse
The pizza, beer and burger eatery opened at 10563 Innovation Dr. in Austin Landing the third quarter of the year and quickly drew crowds.
BJ’s operates more than 130 restaurants nationwide, including one at the Tri-County Mall in Cincinnati and two in the Columbus area.
Patriot Steakhouse & Tavern
The restaurant opened a second location at 2098 S. Alex Road, West Carrollton (just off Ohio 725 west of I-75 near the Dayton Mall) in October.
It is in the former Grub Steak location. Grub Steak closed in February 2013 after being in business for 50 years.
Ichiban Seafood Buffet
The Asian restaurant opened in February at 745 Lyons Road in the Washington Park Plaza.
The space formerly housed a Hometown Buffet until that restaurant closed in September 2011.
Roma’s Pizza & Pasta
Opened in August at 1888 Colonel Glenn Highway near Funderburg Road in the space that formerly housed Jac & Do’s Pizza.
It is operated by 29-year-old Labinot Troni, whose extended family owns or operates multiple Italian restaurants in the Dayton area, including Troni’s, Palermo’s and Jimmy’s Italian Kitchen, all in Kettering.
Pies & Pints
The craft-beer-and-pizza restaurant opened in August at The Greene in Beavercreek.
The 4,800 square-foot restaurant at 52 Plum St. is the fifth for the West Virginia-based chain, and the second in Ohio.
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Staff writer Amelia Robinson contributed to this story.