Wheat Penny Oven and Bar announces opening date

Restaurant owner: 'We just hope people are hungry and come and see'

A well-anticipated restaurant has announced its opening date, but before that happens, the eatery will ‘practice’ during events this week for three well-known charities, restaurateur Elizabeth Wiley told us today.

“You guys are the guinea pigs. You have to take your patient pills. Service might be slow,” Wiley said of the preview parties at Wheat Penny Oven and Bar planned Wednesday for Artemis Center , Thursday for The Society for the Improvement and Conditions of Stray Animals’ Pet Adoption Center and Friday for The Food Bank.

I plan to attend the party for Artemis, a domestic violence center.

Located in the Oregon District, Wheat Penny will officially open to the public beginning Monday at 5 p.m.

The restaurant is located at 515 Wayne Ave., the former site of Coco’s Bistro. Coco’s is now located at 250 Warren St.

Wiley is also the chef and owner of Meadowlark restaurant at 5531 Far Hills Ave. in Washington Twp. She said Meadowlark will be closed for its annual summer vacation Monday through Friday, Sept. 6.

While Meadowlark staffers vacation, Wiley and the Wheat Penny’s crew will work to get that location open and running.

During its soft opening, dinner at Wheat Penny will be served Monday through Thursday 5 to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 5 to 11 p.m.

The bar will open at 4 p.m.

The restaurants will start lunch service and regular hours four weeks later. It will be open at 11 a.m. everyday, save for Sunday.

“It will be open all day,” Wiley said.

This week’s sneak peek was organized by the foodie blog Dayton Dining written by Lisa Grigsby, special events director for Aids Resource Center Ohio.

Wheat Penny hosted a theme release pizza party Sunday for ARC Ohio’s annual fund-raising bash Masquerade set for Oct. 19.

‘Once Upon A Time’ was revealed as the theme of the masquerade party.

“We look for a theme that gives up lots of options for decor, costumes and a deeper meaning. Once upon a time AIDS was a death sentence for those infected and now, through testing and treatment, so many of our clients can enjoy a happily ever after,” Grigsby told me via Facebook message.

Tickets are $35 each for the Wheat Penny sneak peek events, according to Grigsby’s newsletter. Twenty five dollars is tax-deductible. Participants will receive appetizers, tea, Coke products and a pizza entree.

Space is limited and reservations are required through the charities involved.

Email Jennifer Dean at jenniferd@artemiscenter.org for information about Wednesday’s Artemis Center event.

Email Kira Petrykowski at KPetrykowski@sicsa.org for Thursday’s SICSA Pet Adoption Center event.

The Food Bank event Friday is sold out. Email Ann Roberts at ann.roberts@noumena.com to be put on the waiting list.

Wiley said she is glad to host the charity events and excited about the restaurant.

“(It is about) being part of Dayton. If you are a successful business you should be giving back. Lots and lots of businesses do that, large and small and that is what makes our town go,” she said. “We just hope people are hungry and come and see. We think we have a really unique menu and a great staff.”

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