Dayton restaurants roundup: 1 grand opening, 3 gearing up for launch

Here’s a roundup of Dayton-area restaurant news last week, as multiple eateries gear up to open in the days and weeks to come, one announces a grand opening and giveaway, and another celebrates an anniversary.

• Anticipation is high for Sunday's opening of the first bricks-and-mortar Zombie Dogz restaurant. Cake Hope & Love posted a photo on its Facebook page a few days ago of three new cupcakes that the Beavercreek bakery will be supplying to the first bricks-and-mortar restaurant of Zombie Dogz.

The Dayton area's most acclaimed food truck will open the restaurant at 1200 Brown St. near the University of Dayton on Sunday, Nov. 13. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The menu will include 12 of Zombie's "core dogz" and some seasonal specials — and the restaurant also will be serving the aforementioned cupcakes in collaboration with Cake, Hope, & Love. The restaurant will employ about 15 and will seat about 50 in its 2,000-square-foot space.

• The newest Submarine House sports bar and grill is hiring servers, bartenders and kitchen staff as it prepares to open in the Normandy Square Shopping Center in Washington Twp.

“I’d say we’re probably looking at late December to the first of the year,” Jeremy McDaniel, the franchisee for the new sports bar coming to 503 Miamisburg-Centerville Road, told us this week. The space previously housed a Blockbuster Video but has been vacant for several years.

The new Submarine House will seat 160 and will employ about 40, McDaniel said. An existing, smaller Submarine House sub shop five blocks west at 1000 Miamisburg-Centerville Road will shut down when the larger Normandy Square bar-and-grill concept opens, and its 14 employees will transfer to the new restaurant.

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• The Wandering Griffin brewpub and coffee shop that is coming to the former Quaker Steak & Lube space at 3725 Presidential Drive across from Wright State University is hiring and gearing up to open.

Wandering Griffin co-founder Brian Young confirmed in an email that the brewpub is ready to go pending final inspections and will likely open in the next two weeks or so.

The 10,000-square-foot brewpub and coffee shop will seat about 300 in its restaurant and tap room, and 120 more on a patio. The brewpub will employ about 50 to start, then likely expand to 65 employees, Young told us this week.

Plans call for Wandering Griffin to pour beers from other breweries, with an emphasis on local breweries, while preparing to start brewing its own beers several months down the road.

MORE: Inside the construction at Wandering Griffin, Beavercreek’s first brewpub

• "Ranch One — Chicken Made Fresh" at 4474 Glengarry Drive in The Greene Town Center in Beavercreek will host a grand opening event next Saturday, Nov. 19, when it will give away free food vouchers to the first 50 customers in line.

Beginning at 11 a.m., the first 50 people in line will receive a card valid for one free sandwich per month for a year, according to franchise owner Ken Shteiwi. The offer is valid only at The Greene location, and there is a limit of one card per household. This is the first Ranch One in the Dayton area. The restaurant also is offering a “Buy One, Get One Free” sandwich deal to all customers during the event, which lasts until 4 p.m.

The new Ranch One will share space with a Great Steak and Potato franchise location, and the two restaurants share a patio with Coldstone Creamery. The restaurant seats 45 inside and employs 15 to 20.

• Roost Modern Italian in Dayton's Oregon District will celebrate its 5th anniversary with a special open-house-style wine-and-food event from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at the restaurant at 524 E. Fifth St.

The event will be hosted by Roost owner Dana Downs. Here’s how an online events page describes the celebration:

“Chef Dana and the staff are excited to team up with Wine Trends, Heidelberg and Vintner Select (wine distributors) in offering unlimited tastes of wines from around the world; additionally, Roost’s bar staff is ready to whip up some special celebratory cocktails for your enjoyment. We will be serving a huge variety of heavy hors d’oeuvres, as well as charcuterie and fine cheeses.”

“Tickets are $85 per guest, and include a whole night of unlimited food and beverage.”

For more information, call (937) 222-3100 or click on this events page for details and a link for reservations.

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