The Florentine has officially reopened and is now serving its new menu in Germantown.

Hungry for something new? 15 crave-worthy restaurants that opened in 2018

Here’s a great problem to have — so many new restaurants opened this year it’s hard to decide where to eat. 

No matter what you’re hankering for, there are plenty of new options out there to satisfy your cravings. 

These are just SOME of the new restaurants that opened in 2018: 

The Florentine

Clay Alsip and Beth Vanden Berg, the husband-and-wife new owners of The Florentine restaurant. MARK FISHER/STAFF
Photo: Staff Writer

The new owners of a historic Dayton-area restaurant that traces its roots back more than two centuries reopened the eatery in February. 

Clay Alsip and Beth Vanden Berg, the local husband-and-wife team that purchased the Florentine in January, opened the 7,000-square-foot restaurant in the former inn at 21 W. Market St. in Germantown following some minor kitchen renovations and a top-to-bottom cleaning. 

Now, they’ve reintroduced the restaurant more broadly to the community and to diners seeking a slice of Ohio history with their meals. 

>>The Dayton area’s oldest restaurant has reopened, and we have the menu

Double Deuce Tavern & Family Pizzeria 

Double Deuce Tavern & Family Pizzeria officially opened its doors Monday Feb. 12 after relocating from north Dayton to Huber Heights, where it renovated the former site of C’s Pizza at 5186 Brandt Pike (State Route 201). MARK FISHER / STAFF

The Double Deuce Tavern & Family Pizzeria also opened its doors in February. 

The business relocated from north Dayton to Huber Heights, where it renovated the former site of C’s Pizza at 5186 Brandt Pike (State Route 201). 

Williams and co-owner Ralph Mueller first opened Double Deuce in 2009 at 17 Brandt St. in Dayton. In 2017, Williams noticed the then-vacant former C’s Pizza spot, which had been the Myung Sung Asian restaurant prior to that. 

>>New ‘Double Deuce’ tavern & pizzeria now open in Huber Heights

Troll Pub at the Wheelhouse

Troll Pub in the Wheelhouse opened in March.
Photo: Photo: Amy Walbridge,

In March, the Troll Pub at the Wheelhouse, a popular Louisville, Ky., spot, opened its second location on St. Patrick’s Day in Dayton’s Oregon District. 

The 6,500-square-foot restaurant and bar seats as many as 250, serves an extensive selection of craft beers and bourbons along with a food menu described by General Manager Ben Barker as “pub grub, but made from scratch.” 

>>Sneak Peek: Photos inside the Oregon District restaurant

The Famous Restaurant

The Famous Restaurant has opened in south Centerville. Photo from The Famous Restaurant Facebook page
Photo: Staff Writer

“The Famous Restaurant” — from the owners of Doubleday’s Grill and Tavern — opened for business in south Centerville in April. 

The new restaurant in the former Paddy’s Irish Grill at 953 S. Main St. in Centerville is an homage of sorts to the earlier generations of restaurant operators in the family of Jon, Steve and Stephanie Thomas, who own the Doubleday’s pubs in Centerville and Springboro. 

The menu has a throwback comfort-food feel. Slow-cooked pot roast pops up in various locations on the menu, from a topping on the “Pot Roast Burger” to the new restaurant’s take on a Hot Shot called the Pot Shot, to a topping on French Fries or Tater Tots (“almost Poutine”). 

>>New Details: ‘The Famous Restaurant’ coming soon from Doubleday’s owners

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop

The highly-anticipated Fuzzy's Taco Shop opened its first location in the Dayton area at The Greene on Monday, April 23. Fuzzy’s is known for its Mexican dishes such as Baja-style tacos, white queso, and jumbo burritos in addition to frozen margaritas and beer.

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop opened in April in Beavercreek. It’s in a relatively new building that faces Indian Ripple Road at The Greene’s main entrance. 

Founded in 2003, Fort Worth, Texas-based Fuzzy’s Taco Shop serves authentic Mexican dishes such as Baja-style tacos, white queso and jumbo burritos in addition to frozen margaritas and beer. 

The chain operates more than 120 locations across the country, including one in Toledo and one on North High Street in Columbus’ Arena District. 

>>4 things to know about the new restaurant coming to The Greene

Rivertown Chili 

Rivertown Chili and Breakfast opened in Miamisburg. Contributed photo
Photo: HANDOUT

A new and independently owned chili restaurant called Rivertown Chili and Breakfast opened over the summer in Miamisburg at 105 S. Second St., 

Brian Walusis and his father, John, have been participating in chili cook-offs around the region for more than 30 years. “The recipes that we are using are craft chili recipes that have received awards in competitions as well as various iconic chili recipes made famous throughout different regions of the country,” Brian Walusis said. 

>>‘Breakfast will be a star’ at new, locally owned chili restaurant

Hunger Paynes Beer and Wine Garden

The Hunger Paynes Beer and Wine Garden is now open at the Dayton Mall.
Photo: hunger Paynes

Andrew Payne, the owner of Hunger Paynes food truck, launched the Hunger Paynes Beer and Wine Garden in June in the lower level of the Dayton Mall near Macy’s. 

The restaurant is serving up a menu featuring Dayton beer, apple cranberry chicken wraps and a killer meat and cheese board with truffle goat cheese. 

It will serve about two or three varieties of Hunger Paynes’ signature croquettes daily and have a dozen Dayton-area beers on tap daily as a tribute to local breweries. 

>>Hunger Paynes Beer and Wine Garden now open at the Dayton Mall

Olive Mediterranean Grill 

Olive Mediterranean Grill opened in downtown Dayton July 27, 2018.
Photo: Photo: Ed Dixon

Olive Mediterranean Grill opened its doors in July at its new location, 44 W. Third St. 

The restaurant, a favorite among Best of Dayton voters, opened about three years ago at 6129 N. Dixie Drive in Harrison Twp., Montgomery County. 

This Olive should not be confused with Olive: an Urban Dive, which closed in 2015 in the current downtown Dayton home of Arepas & Co Colombian Comfort Food. 

>>Dayton’s best Mediterranean restaurant open in its new home downtown

Elsa’s Corner Cantina 

The new Elsa's Corner Cantina in Sugarcreek Plaza on Wilmington Pike promises not to be like your parents' Elsa's. Expect a modern look, a patio and Bad Juan's on tap as part of the special features. MARK FISHER/STAFF
Photo: Mark Fisher

The co-owner of Elsa’s Mexican Restaurant has a message for prospective customers of his new cantina-style restaurant in the Sugarcreek Plaza off Wilmington Pike that opened July 5. 

“This doesn’t look like your parents’ Elsa’s,” Jason Hemmert said. “And we didn’t want it to be your parents’ Elsa’s.” 

The space at 6204 Wilmington Pike in the Sugarcreek Plaza previously housed Caramella’s Italian Kitchen, and, before that, Murphy’s Irish Pub and Barleycorn’s. But it has been renovated extensively. 

The kitchen started off with a fairly straightforward Elsa’s menu, but down the road, will produce specials that, if they prove successful, will find their way onto Elsa’s menus elsewhere, Hemmert said. 

>>Elsa’s new cantina-style Mexican restaurant “not your mothers”

Ranchero’s 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 in August at Cross Pointe Centre in Centerville. 

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, nine beer taps and also serves wine. 

>>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

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

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,  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. 

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

Sporty’s Tap House and Grill 

The region’s newest sports-themed restaurant, Sporty’s Taphouse & Grill, and its 60 beer taps will make their debut on Sept. 6. The sports pub is located at 5202 N. Main St. in Harrison Twp., in space that formerly housed iconic restaurant The Barnsider, and later, Liquid Sports Club. MARK FISHER / STAFF PHOTO

The region’s newest sports-themed restaurant, Sporty’s Taphouse & Grill, and its 60 beer taps made their debut in September. 

The Sports pub is located at 5202 N. Main St. in Harrison Twp., in the space that formerly housed iconic restaurant The Barnsider, and later, Liquid Sports Club. 

>>Sporty’s Taphouse & Grill has 60 taps and ‘food that goes with beer’

Raising Cane’s 

Raising Cane’s menu includes chicken fingers, crinkle-cut fries, cole slaw, Texas Toast and Cane s Sauce. 
Photo: Staff Writer

Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, the Louisiana-based restaurant company, opened in October across from The Greene in Beavercreek. The restaurant at 4384 Indian Ripple Road was Raising Cane’s 400th restaurant system-wide, and 28th in Ohio. 

“I’ve lived in the area for 16 years and can’t tell you how excited we are in Beavercreek to have a Raising Cane’s to call our own,” said General Manager Martina Stiles. 

Hours of operation at Beavercreek’s Raising Cane’s are Sunday through Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to midnight. 

>>Raising Cane’s opens in Beavercreek

Bar Granada 

New downtown Dayton tapas place Bar Granada is now open in the former Wine Gallery space at Main Street and Monument Avenue. The pub will serve Spanish wines and beers and a food menu of specialties from Spain. MARK FISHER/STAFF
Photo: Mark Fisher

“Bar Granada” in downtown Dayton opened over the long Thanksgiving Day weekend. 

Bar Granada is part Spanish deli, and part European Cafe, according to co-founder Paul Pelnar. It fills the space that formerly housed the Wine Gallery. 

Croquetas, hot and cold tapas and charcuterie selections are among the menu items. As for drinks, the focus is on beers and wines, and will soon expand to include cocktails. 

>>New Spanish-themed tapas bar now open in downtown Dayton

Frutta Bowls 

The New Jersey-based health food restaurant Frutta Bowls has leased 1,400 square foot of space in the Progress Park Office Tower on Rigby Road. NICK BLIZZARD/STAFF
Photo: Staff Writer

A health-focused restaurant concept known for its fruit- and veggie-based bowls and smoothies opened its first Dayton-area location in mid-December. The restaurant at 3609 Rigby Road, in the Austin Landing development in southern Montgomery County, is the chain’s second in Ohio. 

Frutta Bowls offers bowls with a base of acai, pitaya or kale. The chain also offers oatmeal bowls and smoothies, as well as protein balls, kombucha tea, and grab-and-go items.

>>New health restaurant to open first Ohio location at Austin Landing

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