New locally owned restaurant gears up for fall opening in Beavercreek

An independently owned restaurant in the works in Beavercreek is now hiring as it gears up for a late-fall opening.

Flyboys Deli is putting the finishing touches on its 7,403-square-foot restaurant outside of the main entrance to the Mall at Fairfield Commons. This will be the second location for Flyboys, which operates a restaurant at 2515 Far Hills Ave. in Oakwood.

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Flyboys co-founder Steve Crandall said he is hiring for “all positions, a mix of full time and part time.” He expects to employ about 30. Interested persons should email their resume to

“We are looking at late November or early December” to open, Crandall told this news outlet.

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The additions are part of a surge of dining options at the Mall at Fairfield Commons that include the recent openings of Melt Bar & Grilled, FUSIAN, Gyro King, Asian Too and Sbarro Pizza. In addition, the owners of the now-closed Max & Erma’s restaurant in front of the mall are working to convert the space to a different restaurant concept, MacKenzie River Pizza Grill Pub.

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Crandall and his wife Eunice Kim opened the Oakwood Flyboys Deli in January 2013. The restaurant evokes a New York-style deli, with a design and decor that celebrate Dayton’s aviation heritage and its history as a cradle of invention.

Crandall is a retired U.S. Air Force colonel; he and his wife moved to the Dayton area from Maryland in 2010. Eunice Kim spent 10 years as owner or manager of delis in Maryland and Washington, D.C. area prior to coming to Dayton, and she served as manager for about a month of Flyboys Deli’s predecessor, Cooper’s Deli.

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Flyboy’s Deli was a reader favorite in’s Best of 2016 Best of Dayton, winning the online vote for “Best Deli,” “Best Place for a Business Lunch,” “Best Sandwich” (for its Liberty Reuben) and “Best Secret Menu Item” (for its Philly Beer Cheesesteak). And it placed second in “Friendliest Staff/Best Customer Service.”

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