New Cajun-style seafood restaurant now open at the Dayton Mall

A new seafood restaurant, Hook & Reel Cajun Seafood & Bar, opens today, Aug. 18, 2020, in the building that formerly housed a Sears Tire & Auto center at the Dayton Mall. Hook & Reel shares the building with Outback Steakhouse, which opened last year. MARK FISHER/STAFF
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A new seafood restaurant, Hook & Reel Cajun Seafood & Bar, opens today, Aug. 18, 2020, in the building that formerly housed a Sears Tire & Auto center at the Dayton Mall. Hook & Reel shares the building with Outback Steakhouse, which opened last year. MARK FISHER/STAFF

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The Hook & Reel Cajun Seafood & Bar that has been under renovation and build-out for several months at the Dayton Mall opened this week on Tuesday, Aug. 18.

The restaurant is located at 2564 Miamisburg-Centerville Road in the former Sears Tire & Auto Center that is part of the mall property in Miami Twp. Hook & Reel shares the renovated building with a relocated Outback Steakhouse restaurant.

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The original plans for the 6,888-square-foot restaurant called for a dining room and bar that would seat about 200, a Hook & Reel spokeswoman told us last year. But with social distancing required by the coronavirus pandemic, the seating capacity has been cut by about half, to 90 to 100, a spokesman for the restaurant said last week.

Plans call for hiring 60 to 80, the restaurant spokesman said. The restaurant was still accepting applications on-site as of Monday afternoon, Aug. 17.

A new seafood restaurant, Hook & Reel Cajun Seafood & Bar, opens today, Aug. 18, 2020, in the building that formerly housed a Sears Tire & Auto center at the Dayton Mall. Hook & Reel shares the building with Outback Steakhouse, which opened last year. MARK FISHER/STAFF
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A new seafood restaurant, Hook & Reel Cajun Seafood & Bar, opens today, Aug. 18, 2020, in the building that formerly housed a Sears Tire & Auto center at the Dayton Mall. Hook & Reel shares the building with Outback Steakhouse, which opened last year. MARK FISHER/STAFF

Credit: Mark Fisher

Credit: Mark Fisher

The restaurant’s menu focuses on a build-your-own seafood theme, with choices such as clams, crawfish, mussels, shrimp, scallops, lobster and multiple types of crab, with choices of sauce and heat levels. Fried seafood baskets such as shrimp, oysters, catfish and flounder are available. Appetizers include hush puppies, Crab Bites, fried calamari, steamed oysters and coconut shrimp.

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“At Hook & Reel, we celebrate the vibrant and flavorful cuisine of Louisiana by pairing the freshest seafood with authentic Cajun seasonings, fresh garlic, and zesty lemon,” a Hook & Reel spokeswoman told this news outlet in June 2019. “From the flavors and aromas to the energetic atmosphere, we provide an authentic experience that transports you straight to New Orleans.”

The first Hook & Reel Restaurant opened in Maryland in 2013. The chain is headquartered in Flushing, New York. The restaurant chain’s web site lists more than 70 locations nationwide that are either open or “coming soon.” The Dayton Mall restaurant is the only Ohio location listed.

The Dayton Mall Hook & Reel is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. For more information, call 937-259-8586.