Rancheros Cocina Mexicana has ties to El Rancho Grande.

August restaurant highlights: 3 new, 7 coming soon and 1 closing

Here is what happened on the Dayton dining scene this month. The good news and the bad news ...



Rancheros Cocina Mexicana 

Cross Pointe Centre in Centerville added a new Mexican restaurant on Monday, August 20, 2018 called Rancheros Cocina Mexicana in space that was originally confirmed as an El Rancho Grande Mexican Grill & Cantina. But Rancheros Cocina’s co-founder says there is a family connection between the new concept and the regional El Rancho Grande chain that operates seven other Dayton-area restaurants. MARK FISHER / STAFF PHOTO

A new Mexican restaurant, Rancheros Cocina Mexicana, opened at Cross Pointe Centre. 

The Rancheros Cocina Mexicana menu includes fajitas, chimichangas, enchiladas, burritos and other Mexican specialties, including the Jalisco Special: Sauteed shrimp, chicken or steak in red sauce served with zucchini, mushrooms, tomatoes, onions and rice, topped with cheese. 

The new restaurant has an extensive tequila selection, has nine beer taps and also serves wine. 

>>READ MORE: New restaurant at Cross Pointe Centre comes with a twist

Mila’s Suburban Café 

Mila's Suburban Cafe is now open at 606 Taywood Road in the Northmont Plaza in Englewood.
Photo: Mark Fisher

Michael and LaTasha Perry both Dayton natives who now live in Englewood, have opened a small restaurant and live-music venue called Mila’s Suburban Cafe at 606 Taywood Road in the Northmont Plaza. 

Mila’s — a mashup of the couple’s first names — operates as a lunch spot Wednesday and Thursday, and as a lunch and dinner destination Friday through Sunday, and also hosts live music on the weekends. 

The cafe’s motto is, “Eat, drink and be social.” The cafe serves four craft beers on tap (currently featuring Jackie O’s, MadTree and Brewdog) as well as canned and bottled beers, and offers wines by the glass or bottle. The food menu includes items such as a Suburban Burger topped with Avocado Mayo, Bacon and Red Onion, and a Chipotle Wrap that has bacon, turkey, tomatoes, romaine lettuce and a chipotle pepper/cream cheese blend, Michael Perry said. Vegan options include Spinach Pita Pocket and Zucchini Fritter with Lime Aioli. 

READ MORE: Finally, a cool new place opens up north - and it’s not a chain

JJ’s Lunchbox Troy 

A pizza from JJ's Lunchbox Troy. Photo from JJ's Lunchbox Troy Facebook page

A Tipp City restaurant has added a second location in Troy. 

JJ's Lunchbox at 7031 S. County Road 25A in Tipp City purchased Ording's Party Time & Catering at 810 S. Market St. in Troy and turned it into its second restaurant, JJ's Lunchbox Troy. 

JJ’s Lunchbox Troy offers pizza, wings and a variety of sandwiches and wraps. A “steak deluxe” sandwich, which was retained from the former Ording’s menu, consists of a half-pound of hamburger with green peppers, banana peppers, onions, mushrooms and mushroom gravy.  

>>READ MORE: Tipp City restaurant adds second location in Troy 



Bar Granada

A Spanish-themed tapas bar with a striking riverfront view is gearing up to open on the banks of the Great Miami in downtown Dayton.“Bar Granada” will be part Spanish deli, part European Cafe, according to co-founder Paul Pelnar. Build-out for the new business is underway at 5 W. Monument Ave. at North Main Street, in space that previously housed the Wine Gallery Cafe. MARK FISHER / STAFF PHOTO

A Spanish-themed tapas bar with a striking riverfront view is gearing up to open on the banks of the Great Miami in downtown Dayton.

Bar Granada” will be part Spanish deli, part European Cafe, according to co-founder Paul Pelnar. Build-out for the new business is underway at 5 W. Monument Ave. at North Main Street, in space that previously housed the Wine Gallery Cafe. 

“For those who have been to Spain, we are aiming to remind you of that experience,” Pelnar said. “We are bringing in the flavors of a traditional Spanish kitchen,” including garlic, tomatoes, olive oil, fresh seafood, Iberico ham, house-made Sangria, and Spanish beers.

READ MORE: COMING SOON: New tapas bar overlooking the Great Miami River


Photo from Yagoot Facebook page.

A Mason, Ohio-based frozen-yogurt chain that operates five locations in and around Cincinnati will open a new shop in the Dayton area this fall — and there could be more to follow.

Yagoot frozen yogurt will add a store in the Marketplace at Settlers Walk retail center in Springboro.

The new yogurt shop’s franchisee is shooting for a Nov. 1 opening date. 

>> READ MORE: A small, specialty frozen-yogurt maker to open new Dayton area shop, then look to expand

Wholly Grounds 

A coffee shop is in the works in the South Park neighborhood of Dayton will also include jazz music, tea and if things go as planned, alcohol for certain coffee drinks. The new business located at 825 Wayne Ave. will be called Wholly Grounds. MARK FISHER / STAFF PHOTO

The owners of Wholly Grounds at 825 Wayne Ave. are refining the shop’s opening food and coffee menu, waiting on some city permits that are necessary to complete construction, and preparing to start the hiring process, co-founder Amy Williams said this week. 

Williams said she is shooting for an October opening for Wholly Grounds, which will offer baked goods such as coffee cakes and muffins when it opens, and will add lunch menu items such as soups and wraps shortly thereafter. 

>> READ MORE: Come inside what will soon be the cool new destination on Wayne Avenue

Kentucky Fried Chicken 

KFC, was once known as Kentucky Fried Chicken but changed the name in 1981 to take the focus off the word fried for health conscious diners.

Unfazed by a surge in competition from multiple other fried-chicken chains, a Bellbrook-based franchise owner of KFC has broken ground on a new restaurant close to home. 

Dunn & Bowling LLC, which operates four Dayton-area KFC restaurants as well as two others in Kenton and Gallion, Ohio, will open its fifth Miami Valley restaurant on Clyo Road just east of Wilmington Pike, near the newly opened Elsa’s Corner Cantina Mexican restaurant. 

The new KFC will be a prototype next-generation design that will seat 52 and employ about 35. If construction goes well, it could open by the end of November. 

>> READ MORE: What competition? Local  KFC franchisee breaks ground on new restaurant

Broken Egg Café 

Another Broken Egg Café, a breakfast, lunch and brunch chain, will open a location at the new Harbourside Place Monday, Dec. 8.

Another Broken Egg Cafe, which has operated a restaurant in Austin Landing since late 2014, will open its second Dayton-area location this fall. 

The new restaurant will be located in the former LaRosa’s Pizza restaurant space at 2453 Esquire Drive in Beavercreek. The restaurant will seat about 160 and will employ 45. Plans call for a mid-October opening. 

Another Broken Egg serves breakfast, brunch and lunch with a Southern-inspired menu that includes cocktails. It operates 60 locations in 12 states, with many more locations under development. 

>>READ MORE: Another Broken Egg Cafe to open a second Dayton-area location

 R Taco 

The owner of the building that previously housed Caddy’s Tap House in Beavercreek confirmed on Aug. 14, that R Taco will move into a portion of the building and open its second Dayton-area restaurant. 

Oberer Realty Services said it has finalized a lease with an R Taco franchisee to open a 3,000-square-foot restaurant at 2760 Towne Drive across from the Mall at Fairfield Commons. 

The new Beavercreek restaurant, which plans to open in late October, will seat about 125 — 75 inside and 50 on a patio. The new restaurant will employ about 50. 

>> READ MORE: R Taco to open its 2nd Dayton-area restaurant this fall

El Toro 

El Toro tacos. Photo from El Toro Centerville Facebook page

The El Toro Mexican restaurant chain that operates a dozen locations in the Dayton area has submitted plans to the city of Centerville for a new restaurant in the southern part of that community. 

Plans call for a restaurant to be built out in the 4,627-square-foot space at 894-C S. Main St., the previous Buffalo Wings & Rings space in the Centerville Square Shopping Center at Ohio 48 and Spring Valley Pike, according to Centerville city records. 

The restaurant is expected to open this fall. 

>> READ MORE: New El Toro Mexican restaurant coming to Centerville is scheduled to open this fall



Roost American 

Roost Events, the restaurant adjacent to Fraze Pavilion that was formerly known as Roost American, will close this fall — but not without one last blowout celebration, restaurant owner Dana Downs said. 

The restaurant at 580 Lincoln Park Blvd. adjacent to the outdoor music venue will shut its doors permanently as of Oct. 15, but will offer dinner service for a half-dozen remaining concert nights through Sept. 11, plus one more capstone celebration, Downs said. 

The restaurant ceased regular dinner service and morphed into a special-event and Fraze-concert-season-only venue in October 2017. 

>> READ MORE: Roost to shut down its Kettering location this fall

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