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McCormick & Schmick's eyes Greene

 

An upscale seafood restaurant is looking to hook a location at The Greene.

 

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants Inc. has filed paperwork to locate restaurant in Beavercreek.

 

http://dayton.bizjournals.com/dayton/stories/2007/01/29/story3.html

 

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Coffee and wine bar inks deal at Dayton Mall

 

A local franchisee for the Winans Fine Chocolates and Coffee concept hopes to uncork its Dayton Mall store in April.

 

Ben Czajka, a partner with Vandalia Coffee LLC, said Friday that he signed a lease for a 1,600-square-foot space in the mall's lifestyle center on Jan. 22.

 

http://dayton.bizjournals.com/dayton/stories/2007/01/22/daily28.html


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Not really a restaurant, but I suppose I can put it here:

 

Beerman Realty to build $7.5M retail center

 

A new $7.5 million retail center is set to open before next Christmas along state Route 725, near the Dayton Mall.

 

The Shoppes at 725, a project by The Beerman Realty Co., will add another 33,500 square feet to the heavily traveled retail corridor in Miami Township.

 

http://dayton.bizjournals.com/dayton/stories/2007/02/05/story1.html


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Dayton pizzeria sets date for second area location

 

A new Milano's Atlantic City Submarines eatery is slated to open Feb. 26 in Miami Township.

 

The pizza and subs joint will be located in the Exchange at Spring Valley, a $60 million development at the corner of state Route 741 and Spring Valley Road.

 

For more, click the link:

http://dayton.bizjournals.com/dayton/stories/2007/02/19/daily4.html


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Coffee chain to open latest store next week

 

A new Starbucks Coffee will open March 2 in Miami Township.

 

The 9500 Springboro Pike store will employ up to 30, company officials said.

 

For more, click the link:

http://dayton.bizjournals.com/dayton/stories/2007/02/19/daily7.html


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Boston Stoker is in suburbia too.  The first one I knew about was the one in Washington Village (or whatever its called), in Washington Twp, over where that Dorothy Lane Market is, (Whipp & Far Hills).  Back then they where more a tobacconist. Now they are more into tobacco.

 

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The Exchange marks the movement of Mall Sprawl south of the "unofficial" barrier of I-675. 

 

It used to be the only thing south of the interestate on Springboro Pike was Newmark and Lexis and Metlife and then some apts/condo complexes.  Not as visually offensive as the mall stuff.

 

But now retail makes a move south.  I guess a good market for this will be the office worker concentration there, and maybe the apartments is also a market.

 

You can see how this is going to connect with the Austin Road development.  The Austin Rd/Springboro Pike interchange will be the southern node, and development will creep north of it to meet the Newmark/Lexis/"Exchange" development. 

 

 

 

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Speaking of suburban restaurants.

 

The new Cheesecake Factory is pretty impressive inside.  They really have an interesting interior design concept, sort of art noveau in a way.  Food-wise, sort of pasta-ish,  but I have to say their cheesecakes really are that good.

 

That new Brazilian meats place, Cena,  is open now, over at the Dayton Mall.  This is not a chain, but owned by the person who owns Cafe Bouelevard.

 

The interior is large inside, decorated with Botero paintings. 

 

Pricewise, it is expensive.  The price for the meal gets you the "buffet" (they dont call it that), plus the meat.

 

The way it works is you are given a card with a red or green side.  Leave the green side up and the carver will stop by yr table to carve you some meat.  Leave the red side up and he wont.  You are given a pair of tongs, and you grab the slice of meat w. the tong as he carves it.  You and him are working together a bit here...

 

The deal here to know is to take your time.  There are mulitiple carvers with different kinds of meat strolling around the restaurant, and you want to be sure to try them all.  If you rush your self you might be missing a type of meat.  Also the slices are not huge (this is not steakhouse steak sizes), so you want to have them come by a a few times. 

 

I have to say they did a good job on the flank steak, and even the lamb.  I usually can't stand lamb, but they did a great job seasoning it.

 

The buffet bar is actually quite good.  They have a lot of things there that are a bit unusual, including some Croatian things as the owner is Croatian. 

 

I might try Cena again now that I understand the concept better, yet I think I prefer the experience at the Cafe Bouelevard and the type of food there.  OK, so the last time I was at the Cafe Boulevard I had a schnitzel!.....but oh, what a great schnitzel it was! 

 

 

 

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Restaurants unite to battle chains

Area eateries struggle to regain lost sales

ANNA GUIDO | AGUIDO@BIZJOURNALS.COM

March 2, 2007

 

DAYTON - Dayton's independently owned restaurants are losing customers and they're working on a plan to turn that around.

 

The owners of more than 20 of these eateries met for the second time in a month this week at Jay's Seafood restaurant in Dayton's Oregon District. Their discussions centered on ways to combat what they believe is the culprit -- increasing competition from national chains at The Greene, a multimillion-dollar mixed-use development in Beavercreek with at least 10 restaurants and more coming soon.

 

For more, click the link:

http://cincinnati.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/othercities/dayton/stories/2007/03/05/story2.html?b=1173070800^1425116

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Although I'm not surprised by that article, I am glad to hear that the independent restaurant owners are working together to create a marketing campaign.  And it also seems like they have the right idea by emphasizing the food and service, but the questions is....do the masses care enough about that?

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This has happened in Louisville.

 

The local indys saw the thread developing from the chains and formed up this indy restaurant group called Louisville Originals

 

The do joint promotions like gift cards and so forth.

 

I like their intro statement:

 

Why Eat Locally?

Thanks for taking time to visit our site. We know that this site will help guide you to a restaurant and dining experience that is uniquely Louisville. As a local chapter of the Council of Independent Restaurants of America or Cira (dineoriginals.com), our goal is to support, market and help promote the independent restaurants in Louisville as well as offer support to other independent restaurants throughout the country.

 

Louisvillians are very proud of their city. Naturally, we as independent restaurant owners, are very proud of what we offer to the dining experience in Louisville. Independent restaurants are the heart and soul of the city in which you live in, and, of any city that you choose to visit. Independent restaurants provide the fabric to help “clothe” the city. What we do, in each and every one of our restaurants, is say welcome, enjoy our hospitality, enjoy what helps make our city special to us. When you leave one of our “Originals”, you take with you a sense that you have been somewhere special, somewhere where, chances are, the owner greeted you and seated you and made you feel as if you were a guest in their own home!

 

When you go out to eat in Louisville, please take the time to think about this…Where you choose to eat has a huge impact on the quality of life in your community. The majority of the money you spend locally stays in the local community and economy. The money is re-invested in the community. It goes to support a vast array of charities in the community. It helps to create, and sustain, vibrant and unique neighborhoods. The money spent in locally owned, independent restaurants helps make Louisville…

 

Louisville…Loo ee ville…Loo ah vul!!!

 

Look forward to seeing you in one of the “Louisville Originals” soon!

 

Note that this is a pitch to eat at local restaurants when one is out-of-town, too (this Dine Originals group is national, with branches in other cities).

 

 

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Another thing that could be done for Dayton indys is put out a locator map, likt this one for Louisville restuarants....

 

 

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...this could be something done online. 

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Your usage of 'indy' keeps throwing me off as I confuse it with the shortened version of Indianapolis = Indy.  But either way, it seems like a basic idea that should be done most everywhere.

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Not a restaurant opening/closing per se, but it's atleast in the business...

 

Bob Evans to double Springfield food plant

 

Demand for sausage and microwave mashed potatoes is driving an expansion that will more than double the size of Bob Evans Farms Inc.'s main distribution center.

 

For more, click the link:

http://columbus.bizjournals.com/columbus/othercities/dayton/stories/2007/03/12/story7.html?b=1173672000^1428705


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New restaurant slates August opening

 

A new restaurant is coming to Sugarcreek Plaza Shopping Center in Sugarcreek Township.

 

Barleycorn's Inc., based in Cold Spring, Ky., plans to open Aug. 1. It will hire 55 people to staff its first Dayton-area restaurant.

 

For more, click the link:

http://dayton.bizjournals.com/dayton/stories/2007/03/12/daily19.html?surround=lfn


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Former Woody's site finally to be redeveloped

 

The former Woody's grocery site in West Carrollton will be redevoped by Unified Developers Group.

 

For more, click the link:

http://dayton.bizjournals.com/dayton/stories/2007/03/12/daily20.html?surround=lfn


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Noble Roman's Pizza chain's return delayed

 

The opening of the region's newest Noble Roman's pizzeria, originally slated for Tuesday, was delayed.

 

For more, click the link:

http://dayton.bizjournals.com/dayton/stories/2007/03/12/daily17.html?surround=lfn


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Forget Noble Roman's.  Apparently what Daytonians have been missing is their Godfather's Pizza.  EVERYONE seems to be talking about the new Godfather's that opened in Huber Heights a few weeks ago.  I've even heard a few people say that they would even occasionally drive to Lima to get Godfather's Pizza after the last Dayton location had closed.  Since the new Dayton area location opened, people said that there were at least 2 hour waits for pizza and they weren't taking telephone orders because they were so swamped.  I don't know what's so great about Godfather's Pizza, but I don't think I've ever heard people in Dayton get so excited about something.

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Returning pizza chain to open Tuesday

 

Noble Roman's Pizza, after nearly a week of delays, will open Tuesday in Centerville.

 

For more, click the link:

http://dayton.bizjournals.com/dayton/stories/2007/03/19/daily5.html?surround=lfn


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I know I'm kinda late on this but wow, McCormick and Schmick coming to Beavercreek! It was a big deal even when it was coming to Cincy. Too bad it's not going to downtown like it did there though.

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It's funny about Godfather's and Noble Roman's.  Noble Roman's bought out the rights to chase Godfather's out of the Dayton area and now they're both back.  I will have to go to Godfather's but looks like I'll have to wait a few weeks. 

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Seafood restaurant to open in May at Dayton Mall

 

A Bonefish Grill restaurant will open May 7 at the Dayton Mall, one of four tenants expected to launch there in the near future.

 

For more, click the link:

http://dayton.bizjournals.com/dayton/stories/2007/03/26/daily6.html


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ohn Henry's, a steak house restaurant, is expected to open in the Oregon District building that once housed the Blue Moon Bistro.

 

John Henry was a steak drivin' man, lawd lawd.

 

 

 

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The Breakfast Club Café closes Downtown Dayton.

 

What the hell?!?!? The Breakfast Club has to be one of my favorite breakfast places in the area.  I was just there for lunch last week and the place was packed, so I wonder what the reasoning for closing it is.  And if they use the declining business excuse, I would recommend to them that they start taking credit cards... it is 2007, after all.

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What the hell?!?!? The Breakfast Club has to be one of my favorite breakfast places in the area.  I was just there for lunch last week and the place was packed, so I wonder what the reasoning for closing it is.  And if they use the declining business excuse, I would recommend to them that they start taking credit cards... it is 2007, after all.

 

I agree, dfly. We may never hear the full story.

 

There's always Tank's (my fav). But you got to be there before 9:00 AM on the weekend or you'll be there until lunch. That place is insane for breakfast.

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A recording on the restaurant's phone tells customers that, "Unfortunately, we are closing this store and will not reopen" and asks customers to patronize the second Breakfast Club Café in Lebanon.

 

Really?  Did anyone know they had a branch in Lebanon?  I think Lebanon actually might be closer to me than the one downtown, or nearly the same distance.

 

 

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Before today, Tanks and Breakfast Club were THE places to go for breakfast.  We will miss Breakfast Club!

 

And yes, Tanks IS a bar - but somehow they've managed to pull off a mighty fine breakfast.  I especially like the fact that they use "Oakwood Possum" as opposed to lower grade options.  (if you've seen their menu you know what I'm talking about).

 

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Did anyone know they had a branch in Lebanon? 

 

Yep, it is right on Broad St ruining the streetscape w/ its suburban building.

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Yep, it is right on Broad St ruining the streetscape w/ its suburban building.

 

Their buidling in Dayton wasn't too hot either.  I always thought it was a greasy spoon and never went there.

 

 

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Anyone know if the Breakfast Club owned or rented their building?  With it being the beginning of the month, it makes me wonder if they couldn't reach a new lease with the landlord or if they decided not to renew their lease for whatever reasons.

 

And I have to agree with kdogg and Billy, Tank's has one helluva breakfast...good food, inexpensive, and large portions.  But it is always so packed on the weekends, I usually don't feel like waiting for a seat.  Although Tank apparently has plans to expand the building and reconfigure the layout...at least that's what one of the servers has been telling me the last few times.  But then again, how long has it taken them to get the seats reupholstered?  :-)

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Anyone know if the Breakfast Club owned or rented their building......at least that's what one of the servers has been telling me the last few times.  But then again, how long has it taken them to get the seats reupholstered?   :-)

 

You're a riot, dfly.

 

Okay, followup at DDN:

http://www.daytondailynews.com/n/content/oh/story/news/local/2007/04/02/ddn040207breakfastclubweb.html

 

Another side effect of low workforce: slim pickens. Appearantly their turnover rate is outrageous. The article also answers dfly's questions about lease/own.

 

As for Tank's expansion, don't hold your breath. One of the new layouts have been planned since 2002 when he was working with Earl Reader Associates of Oregon District for the expansion site. Not sure if there's still a relationship there, but I saw a few of the proposed layouts then. The bus lot to the north of the building was to be the new kitchen. The bathrooms, I think, were going to the west of that. pretty much everything else was going to be the same, tweaks here and there for code adjustments (potential overloaded circuits). I have mixed feelings about Tank's expansion, though. First off, imagine you were in a wheelchair and wanted to use the bathroom there as a patron: Good luck without help. Speaking of the bathrooms, the men's bathroom must be outside. In the summer it's an oven, and a freezer in the winter. Second, I hear the kitchen is too small for their load, obviously. The flip side, as Lenny and Karl (a la Simpsons) said of Moe's Tavern: the dank, Moe, the dank! I hate to have the prices go up and the atmosphere change. But it did that anyways when the smoking ban came into effect, which he honors. And the food is a hit 95% of the time.

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