The company behind one of the nation’s most popular slices of pizza took a giant step this week toward opening its first Dayton-area restaurant.
Chicago-based pizza chain Giordano’s applied for a full liquor license at 2819 Centre Drive in Beavercreek on Tuesday, July 24, according to state records.
Chicago-based pizza chain Giordano’s and Texas-based Jason’s Deli have signed leases to open their first Dayton-area locations near the Mall at Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek, David Sheehy, a commercial real-estate broker with Anchor Associates, told this news outlet on March 5.
Giordano’s, a deep-dish pizza specialist, will occupy 5,300 square feet of the former Logan’s Roadhouse restaurant and an addition that is being built onto it on Centre Drive near the mall, Sheehy said. Jason’s Deli will occupy 4,800 square feet. If all goes as planned, the restaurants could open by the end of the year, the commercial real-estate broker told us.
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Giordano’s officials were impressed by the site’s proximity to Wright State University, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and Beavercreek residential areas, Sheey said. The North Fairfield Road area is a strong retail corridor, said Sheehy, who also brokered two other restaurants that opened nearby: BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse and Chuy’s.
Construction, however, is still in its early stages. Jeff McGrath, planning and development director for the city of Beavercreek, said Giordano’s has not filed for any permits, and renovation of the former Logan’s has not begun.
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Developers indicated last October that they were looking to build an addition and renovate the vacant Logan’s Roadhouse to bring in multiple new restaurants and retailers to the area near the Mall at Fairfield Commons.
Logan’s Roadhouse shut down its restaurant at the site in September 2016. Employees were told high rent and the upcoming renegotiation of a lease were factors in the decision to close the Beavercreek location.
The Giordano’s pizza chain opened its first Ohio location last summer in the Polaris Center in Columbus. Launched in Chicago in 1974, Giordano’s has been named “Chicago’s Best Pizza” by NBC, CBS Chicago, the New York Times, Chicago Magazine,and the Chicago Tribune.
Jason's Deli is a fast-casual restaurant chain headquartered in Beaumont, Texas. The chain already has locations in Columbus and Cincinnati. Jason’s serves up deli sandwiches, vegetarian items and it also has a gluten-sensitive menu. Customers can also purchase catering orders for delivery.