Here is what happened on the Dayton dining scene this month. The good news and the bad news ...
Rancheros Cocina Mexicana
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.
Mila’s Suburban Café
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.
JJ’s Lunchbox Troy
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kentucky Fried Chicken
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.
Broken Egg Café
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.
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.
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.
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.