September restaurant highlights: 4 opening, 1 coming soon and 4 closing

Here’s a look at September restaurant happenings around the Miami Valley:



Credit: Amelia Robinson

Credit: Amelia Robinson

One of the Oregon District’s most celebrated eateries, Salar, has reopened after a devastating New Year’s Eve weekend fire closed it for nearly 10 months.

“We are so grateful to everyone who has helped us rejoin Dayton’s culinary scene,” Margot Blondet, owner and executive chef of Salar Restaurant and Lounge, said in a release.

Regular service begins Monday, Oct. 1. Salar will be open seven days a week, with the bar opening at 4 p.m. and the kitchen opening at 5 p.m. daily.

Gyro Palace 

Credit: Photo by Amelia Robinson

Credit: Photo by Amelia Robinson

Gyro Palace is now open at 1124 Brown St., the former site of The Gyro Room.

It is the second location for Gyro Palace, which has long had a restaurant at 57 S. Springboro Pike in Miamisburg at the corner of Ohio 725 and Ohio 741.

Steve Harrison, an employee at the Miamisburg store, said the Brown St. location will be open weekdays from 11 a.m. to midnight and Friday and Saturday until 2:30 a.m. Sunday hours were not available.

 Sporty’s Taphouse & Grill 

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

The kitchen is overseen by William Tucker, who has decades of experience in Dayton-area restaurants, including stints in the kitchens of several now-defunct fine-dining establishments such as King Cole, l’Auberge and Thomato’s. More recently, he has worked at J. Alexander’s and Another Broken Egg.

Nothing Bundt Cake 

The Dayton area’s newest specialty bakery, “Nothing Bundt Cake,” is now open at 9632 Springboro Pike (Ohio 741) in the Shoppes at the Exchange retail center north of Austin Landing. The 1,728-square-foot space previously housed Indian Rasoi restaurant.

The bakery sells tiered cakes, “bundtlet” towers, and more sizes and styles of bundt cakes. The franchise bakery is locally owned and operated by Jeff and Renee Hall.


Outback Steakhouse 

The opening of a new Outback Steakhouse this fall adjacent to the Dayton Mall will come with a price: the closing of another Outback location. But the new restaurant will create more jobs, and seat more diners, than its predecessor, according to its franchise owner.

The Outback Steakhouse restaurant that has operated for more than 22 years at the Cross Pointe retail center in Centerville will shut down shortly before a new Outback Steakhouse opens later this year at the former Sears auto center at the Dayton Mall.

The new Dayton Mall restaurant at 2560 Miamisburg-Centerville Road in Miami Twp. is projected to open the first half of November. The existing restaurant in Centerville will shut down prior to the opening, so that staff can be trained at the new location.


Boro Bistro

A restaurant that has operated in Springboro for 14 years will shut down in mid-October, according to a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page.

“I will be closing my doors October 12. I want to thank the community for all the support over the last 14 years,” the owner of Boro Bistro, 722 N. Main St. (Ohio 741) in the Settler’s Walk retail center, wrote on the restaurant’s Facebook page.

According to the bistro’s web site, Corrie Hasenjager is the owner/operator of Boro Bistro, which moved to its current location in 2010 after growing out of the space it occupied for five years at 155 S. Main St. in Historic Downtown Springboro.

Siam Pad Thai 

An Asian restaurant that has operated in Kettering for nearly a decade closed in mid-September, but its owner, who helped introduce many in the Dayton area to Thai cuisine 14 years ago, says she intends to reopen a new restaurant two miles away in Dayton in early 2019.

Siam Pad Thai offered a variety of Thai dishes as well as an extensive menu of sushi and sashimi since it opened in November 2008 at 3027 Wilmington Pike just south of East Dorothy Lane. It shut down after the close of business Sept. 15, according to its founder and owner, Pakawan "Fon" Christman.

Star City BBQ 

The Dayton area has one fewer barbecue restaurant — but the eatery’s building and contents are for sale or lease.

Star City BBQ at 1015 S. Main St. in south Miamisburg closed its doors permanently on Sept. 11, owner Ray Isaac confirmed to this news outlet.

The building and furnishings are now for sale or lease, the restaurant owner said. “It’s all set up, if someone want to own a restaurant,” he said.

Donato’s Pizza 

A Donato’s Pizza restaurant that had operated for more than two decades in the Five Oaks Neighborhood of Dayton has shut its doors for good.

The restaurant at 1805 N. Main St. closed permanently on Sept. 9. It is the first local store closing for the Columbus-based Donato’s Pizza chain during its 25 years in the Dayton region. All of its employees were offered positions at other local Donato’s locations, the franchise owner for local Donato’s restaurants said.