While it’s been a rough couple of years for restaurants, that didn’t stop over 70 new restaurants from opening their doors this year. There were a few places that opened and have already closed, so we didn’t include them in this round-up. How many of these have you been to? Let us know in the comments below.
Opened in January
Black Barn Veganry
229 Xenia Avenue, Yellow Springs
1920 Middletown Eaton Rd, Middletown
La Casa de Los Primos Mexican Restaurant
4770 Airway Rd
A mom and pop eatery with true authentic Mexican food
Open 7 days a week
Story’s Pizza & Smoothies
2741 W Alex Bell Rd, Moraine
New York style pizza and a great strawberry shortcake smoothie and yes, they have healthy ones as well. They do deliver
Opened in February
613 E 5th St in the Oregon District
Opened under new management this scratch-kitchen has a casual feel and features Tuesday Tapas, Thursday Prime Rib night, dry aged steaks and seafood nightly.
Biggby Coffee- S’boro
1105 Wayne Avenue, Dayton
A natural-focused wine bar serving oysters and late night small plates, booze, and Miller Lite, always.
1530 SR 725, Washington Township
The doors opened and the lines began for folks to get these delicious oversize cookies in the pink box!
Me’Yanna Berry Co
15 E 1st St, Dayton
A family owned one of kind dessert café featuring a cupcake & cocoa bar. Open Wed – Fri.
Blossom Juicy Bar -The Mall at Fairfield Commons
2727 Fairfield Commons Blvd, Beavercreek
A Boba shop that crafts Milk Teas, Fruit Teas, Milk Smoothies, Fruit smoothies and other treats including pastries provided by local partners.
Opened in March
85 W Central Ave, Springboro, OH 45066
Dad’s Wings & Burgers
2638 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Fairborn
Wing sauces include original Hot Sauce, Garlic Parmesan, Mango Habenero, Lemon Pepper, Sweet Teriyaki and BBQ – original and boneless, burgers and sandwiches, too.
April was a big month for openings:
Main Street Deli
2 Remick Blvd., Springboro
This beloved Springboro eatery closed their place in Jan of 2021, operated a food truck for a while and then opened inside the Marketplace Express/Marathon serving breakfast and lunch
The Last Queen Gastropub
210 E Main St., Enon
A traditional British gastropub with 49 seats. Outdoor dining in a quaint beer garden when weather allows. Menu includes fish and chips, shepard’s pie, bangers & mash and an English breakfast Sat & Sun morning. Be sure and get some sticky toffee pudding.
Kung Fu Tea
2630 Colonel Glenn Highway, Fairborn
Every beverage is made-to-order with real Kung Fu. Tea is freshly brewed every 3 hours and standard bubbles cooked every 2 hours. Punch bestsellers include Orange Green Tea and Strawberry Lemonade are made with freshly squeezed juices.
1010 Scioto St, Urbana
Kava Haus Xenia
29 E Main St, Xenia
This locally owned cafe/coffee shop specializies in artisan foods & coffees. Be sure and try their homemade soups and specialty pizzas.
La Perla Tapatia
501 E Dixie Dr West Carrolton
Authentic Mexican food, there fajita’s are awesome, their burritos are huge, and if you’re adventurous try their tripe tacos. They also serve up frozen margaritas
Located inside Dished 5860 Bigger Road, Kettering
The owner, inspired by her Nana, Val, has used the family recipes to cook up scones, cookies, donuts, and pastries as well as offering up breakfast sandwiches, freshly baked breads, coffee and matcha.
5810 Wilmington Pike, Centerville
Mexican inspired quick serve food that offers custom made burritos, tacos, quesadillas, taco salad, and their famous Chiwawa – a lightly fried panko crusted cheesy rice ball smothered with nacho cheese, choice of meat and toppings.
Opened in May
6425 Miller Lane, Vandalia
This Wisconsin based chain is well known for it’s ButterBurgers, cooked to order and topped with a lightly buttered, toasted bun. Fresh Frozen Custard is made in small batches right in the restaurant all day, every day.
Gulzar’s Dayton Indian Cuisine
217 N Patterson Blvd, Dayton
After much anticipation, this downtown dining spot that features a daily buffet made it’s Dayton debut across from the ballpark. They feature a variety of authentic Indian dishes that include chicken tika masala and chicken curry, Bhel Puri, Kadi Pakora, Bhindi Masala, Lamb Curry, Mushroom Pakora and garlic naan.
Daruma Hibachi Express
2781 Centre Dr Beavercreek
This family-owned business features hibachi masters who will entertain you as they cook tableside. They also offer a full sushi bar with traditional delights, such as sushi and sashimi, as well as unique specialty rolls.
2749 W. Alex Bell Road, Moraine
After the success of the original location in Fairborn, owner Julie Domicon opened this second location that features a drive up pickup window. The ice cream shop make all 32 flavors they serve in house. They offer traditional scoops, sundaes, soft serve custard, shakes, parfaits, blasts and more.
101 E. Alex Bell Rd in Cross Pointe Center, Centerville
The Greek Street food truck hit the roads in 2016 and it’s authentic, homemade Greek cuisine was a hit. Now with a bricks and mortar location you can enjoy their gyros, moussaka, Fakes (a lentil based vegetarian soup) and baklava seven days a week from 11am – 9pm.
103 N Springboro Pike, Miamisburg
Miamisburg natives Jake and Jordan Shteiwi succes with their Kettering location convinced them to open this second restaurant, which offers a a full-service bar. With over a dozen philly cheese steaks on their menu, from traditional to pot roast, cuban and and a bbq cheddar option there’s plenty to choose from. Feta fries, hummus and falafel options can be ordered as well.
Mode X Tequila Bistro
4492 Glengarry Dr. at The Greene, Beavercreek
Oscar Rodriguez the general manager who is from Mexico, created the Latin themed menu from scratch. Their meals feature fresh-pressed tortillas and housemade sauces. Menu highlights include carne asada, pollo en pina, enchiladas suizas and more. Offering $5 margaritas every Monday, as well as daily margarita and tequila flights, their bar is stocked with more tequila than any other bar in town.
Huey Magoo’s Chicken Tenders
9196 N. Main St, Englewood
Offering breaded and grilled chicken options and 10 different sauces. The fast-casual restaurant also has sandwiches, wraps, salads and crinkle-cut fries. Franchise owner Tim Hobart and his wife Ronda also own the bd’s Mongolian Grill at The Greene.
Opened in June
Yumi Tea 2
204 N Springboro Pk, Miamisburg
Serving up popular milk teas, flavored teas, and tea lattes, available with or without boba, or bubble tea, according to your preferences. They also have a selection of Vietnamese snacks including the “must-have”, Bánh Mì. This family owned business also has a second location on Woodman Drive
6 Oakwood Avenue, Dayton
Specializing in delivering warm, delicious cookies and vegan ice cream right to your door. Delivery is available throughout Oakwood and north to Downtown Dayton until 11:45 during the week and 1:45am on Friday and Saturday,
Charlo’s Provisions and Eatery
45 N. Fountain Ave, Springfield
Serving soups, salads, po-boys they describe themselves as having American Heritage style foods using locally sourced items from farm to table. The restaurant also offers a small market featuring a locally-grown and produced items, including meats, vegetables, milk and condiments.
Tony & Pete’s Groceries and Coldcuts
129 E Third Street, Dayton
A neighborhood market and sandwich shop in downtown Dayton owned by husband and wife team Kathleen Roll and Justin Simmons. Grocery staples, fresh produce, beer, wine and old-school cold cut sandwiches (The Tony is our favorite- Roast Beef, Turkey, American Cheese, Roasted Red Peppers, Shredduce, Mayo, T&P Vinaigrette) are what they do Tuesday – Saturday.
2661 Fairfield Commons, Beavercreek
This Texas based chain describes itself as the ultimate sports lodge with 70 tv’s! They tough their 32 29-degree beers on tap. With a large menu including smashed and seared burgers in-house smoked brisket, pork and wings, soups, salads, tacos, one of their most popular dishes is their pot roast. It’s a huge building and including the patio can seat 314 guests.
Stay tuned for Part 2, where we’ll share the restaurants that were opened in the second half of 2022.