In 2008 Mefail “Meef” Demnika open an Italian Restaurant at 2667 S Dixie Drive and ran it for 10 years and then sold it in 2017 to Randy Fontana, a U.S. Army veteran and his son. The restaurant struggle during Covid and was shut down by the health department after they failed to renew their food service license in April of 2022.
Meef went on to open the Tuscany’s Grill in Market in April of 2020 at at 881 E. Franklin St. just east of Centerville High School.
Just recently Meef’s son Ali, with the help of his Mom, have taken on the S. Dixie property to open Deminka’s. They plan on opening Demnika’s Italiano this Thursday November 3rd at 11am, but it will be cash only until they get their register system up and running. They will be open Monday through Saturday serving up pizza and pasta dishes like lasagna, ravioli, manicotti and stuffed shells, as well as calzones and sandwiches.
They’ve applied for a liquor license, but until they get it, guests are encouraged to bring their own wine or beer. They’ve partnered with DoorDash for delivery and will eventually add Grub Hub and Uber Eats.
Ali told us the restaurant is family owned and all their staff will be family, with the exception of his girlfriend, who is almost family. They will take reservations, and on the weekends you can do call ahead seating.
Ali shared it felt a little weird to be back in the space after five years away from it, but he’s looking forward to bringing the space back to life.
2667 South Dixie Dr,
Kettering, OH, United States
11am – 9pm Mon – Sat