New owner buys Dayton restaurant off of Craigslist; here’s what he’ll do with it


The Dayton restaurant that put itself up for sale on Craigslist last month sold in a hurry, and its new owner is already making plans for its future.

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Xuan Vietnamese Cuisine, at 4770 Airway Road in Riverside, is in the process of being sold to Noppadol Mangmeesub, according to both Mangmeesub and the current owner, Tony Nguyen. Nguyen will remain in the restaurant's kitchen during a transition to teach the new owner recipes and preparations for the Vietnamese dishes the restaurant is known for.

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“After the first few months, we will add Thai dishes to the menu,” while still keeping the Vietnamese specialties, Mangmeesub said. The restaurant’s name will change sometime later this year, although a new name has not been chosen yet, he said.

The Craigslist listing generated considerable interest, Nguyen said, but he reached an agreement with Mangmeesub within days of the offer being posted.

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The restaurant seats 48. Mangmeesub said he will likely add employees as the menu expands.


It may not be a traditional method of selling a business, but a Dayton-area restaurant has put itself up for sale on Craigslist.

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"Want to become your own boss? Now you can! Husband and wife selling mom and pop restaurant," reads the listing by the owners of Xuan Vietnamese Cuisine, at 4770 Airway Road in Riverside. The post first appeared last week, and the asking price is $50,000. 

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“Locally owned Vietnamese restaurant is located next door to the Asian marketplace, allowing greater access to fresh ingredients and clientele. The restaurant will include all furnishings, including newly renovated kitchen with all supplies to start one’s own business. Head chef will also assist in training new owner’s staff on how to cook and use the equipment free of charge for their first month.”

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“Xuan Vietnamese Cuisine Restaurant is within reach of hungry customers at (Wright-Patterson Air Force Base) and shopping center. Great opportunity for anyone ever wanting to own their own franchise, no rent, free help, fresh ingredients and a friendly neighborhood!”

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The space previously housed Laksa Asian Fusion and Big Bowl Asian Bistro, and prior to that, served as the first home of Linh's Bistro, now located in larger space at the Airway Shopping Center.

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