Signs of life at the former Beavercreek Don Pablo’s restaurant

There are encouraging signs that a new restaurant may be in the works at the former Don Pablo’s restaurant in front of the Mall at Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek.

The space has been vacant for 18 months, since Don Pablo’s shut its doors for good in September 2016.

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A limited liability corporation doing business as Black Rock Bar & Grill applied for a full liquor license on March 29, from the Ohio Division of Liquor Control. The "doing-business-as" name matches exactly the restaurants operated by a regional Michigan-based chain, Black Rock Restaurants, which operates 11 "Black Rock Bar & Grill" locations, mostly in Michigan and Florida. The restaurants serve their steaks sizzling on a 755-degree volcanic rock, Black Rock's web site says.

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A Mall at Fairfield Commons spokeswoman said she could not comment. This news outlet has reached out to Black Rock Restaurants to seek more information.

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A liquor license application often comes early in a new restaurant’s development process, and it does not always lead to the opening of a new establishment. But the activity is an encouraging sign of interest in the space that has been dormant for a year and a half in a prominent location in front of the mall in north Beavercreek, which has been the epicenter of considerable restaurant activity the last few years.

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