Restaurants that closed in Dayton in January

Published: Monday, February 05, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Williams Eatery owner closes restaurant, will open new venture in Fairborn

Some restaurants, regardless of how well-loved they were, shut their doors in 2018. Here are a few that were high on our radar.

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This photo of the entrance to Williams Eatery in Yellow Springs is from the Williams Eatery Facebook page.(Staff Writer)

Williams’ Eatery

A Yellow Springs restaurant that served customers for nearly a decade has shut its doors for good as its owner prepares for another restaurant venture. 

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Williams Eatery at 101 Corry St. closed two days before Christmas, founder Lawren Williams told this news outlet. The restaurant lasted nearly 10 years. Williams said diminishing sales, especially during the winter months, and an expiring lease were the primary factors in his decision to close. 

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PizzaFire

The PizzaFire restaurant at 4325 Far Hills Ave. in Kettering, has closed. 

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Cleveland-based PizzaFire has a fast-serve, built-to-order service line similar to Chipotle and Subway, offering diners the choice of 40 toppings, six sauces, and five cheeses on a pie that is placed into an 800-degree and cooked in three minutes. 

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The PizzaFire restaurant in Kettering posted a sign on its door this morning, Jan. 9, that it was shut down temporarily for renovations. MARK FISHER/STAFF(Staff Writer)

Choe’s Asian Gourmet

The Greene Town Center is evicting one of its own restaurants and is attempting to return the eatery to its former owners. 

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Choe’s Asian Gourmet is subject of civil lawsuit and has “temporarily closed” sign on door.

A lawsuit filed by The Greene’s owner seeks forcible entry into Choe’s Asian Gourmet restaurant at 4394 Juniper Way, which hasn’t served customers for several weeks and which has a sign taped to the door that says simply, “Temporarily Closed.” 

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This notice to vacate, dated Nov. 13, 2017, was a part of the lawsuit filed against Choe’s Asian Gourmet at The Greene in Beavercreek.(Staff Writer)

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NEW DETAILS: Dayton restaurant up for sale

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 3:10 PM

Paradise Keys Cafe South  half a slab of ribs  dinner.
Paradise Keys Cafe
Paradise Keys Cafe South half a slab of ribs dinner.(Paradise Keys Cafe)

A Dayton restaurant that has closed may not be gone for good.

The owner of the recently closed Paradise Key Cafe location at 1060 Patterson Road in the Breitenstrater Plaza, is considering reopening it under a new concept or selling it, owner Larry Parr said. 

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The asking price for the business is $75,000. 

“It is an option to sell, but we are still open to a new theme,” he said. 

Jennifer Lynn Jones, the restaurant’s chief executive officer, announced Thursday that the restaurant opened in December 2016 would close due to under performance. 

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“It didn’t matter what we tried to do; we just could not get the kind of party we had at our original location,” Jones said.

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The Key West-themed restaurant employed 13.

Jones said they have been offered jobs at the original Paradise Keys Cafe located at 3243 Needmore Road. 

The company began transforming the Patterson Road location into Paradise Key Cafe South from Cold Beer and Cheeseburgers  in October 2016. 

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Parr said he hoped the location would be as successful as the Needmore restaurant, which is located near Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway

That business draws from nearby manufacturing companies. 

The Patterson Road restaurant never gained traction, said Parr, who is 71 and hopes to slow down.

“It wasn’t really performing up to our expectations,” he said. Our north store, across from the racino, it really cranks.”

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The former site of Cold Beer & Cheeseburgers, located at 1060 Patterson Road in Dayton, will soon become the Paradise Key Cafe South.(Contributed)

 

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Dayton restaurant closes after less than 2 years 

Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 3:14 PM

ARCHIVED PHOTO from 2011:  Bartender Dawn Booher, left, talks with co-owners Larry Parr, middle, and Eddie Holbrook, right, inside of  the Paradise Key Cafe  on Needmore Road in Dayton.
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ARCHIVED PHOTO from 2011: Bartender Dawn Booher, left, talks with co-owners Larry Parr, middle, and Eddie Holbrook, right, inside of the Paradise Key Cafe on Needmore Road in Dayton.(Teesha Mcclam/Dayton Daily News)

UPDATED: We talked with the owner of Paradise Key Cafe and learned about his plans to try to sell or reopen the business under a new concept. 

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A Dayton restaurant celebrated for its chicken wings has closed one of its two Dayton locations. 

Paradise Key Cafe, 1060 Patterson Road in the Breitenstrater Plaza, has closed permanently. 

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A Facebook post from the restaurant’s chief executive officer Jennifer Lynn Jones reads as follows: 

“Public Announcement - With a heavy heart, I am sorry to announce that Paradise in Kettering has closed its doors due to under performance. When we took over, we had hoped to bring the party to this location, but we just couldn't quite get it to where it needed to be. I will miss every one of you deeply with all the laughs and good times and I hope that you will stop in, if not become a regular at our North Store which is still open. Who knows? Maybe we all can create better and more memories together there. Thank you to every one of you for being so loyal to us through all the troubles and I hope that you all will keep us in your hearts as I will surely keep you in mine.”

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The owners of the original Paradise Key Cafe located at 3243 Needmore Road in Dayton began transforming the Patterson Road location into Paradise Key Cafe South from Cold Beer and Cheeseburgers in late 2016. 

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A message was left for management at the Needmore Road location seeking comment. 

Paradise Key’s original location is a former winner of the Miami Valley Restaurant Association’s Kickin’ Chicken Wing Festival at the Fraze.

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Beloved deli owners have retired, business has a new owner

Published: Friday, March 30, 2018 @ 5:16 PM
Updated: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 10:26 AM

Must try sandwiches

The owners of a popular Dayton sandwich shop have hung up their spatulas and soup ladles. 

Rodney “Rod” Vangas said he and his wife, Becky, retired and sold Charlie’s Deli and Catering to Chris Raney of Dayton and his mother, Pat Jones of Beavercreek. 

“I’ve been doing this for 42 years. I want to retire. I am 63 years old,” Rodney said. “I don’t want to work anymore. My wife and I work six days a week. We are just worn out.”

He said he is leaving the business his father — the restaurant’s namesake Charlie Vangas — started in 1964 in good hands. 

The sale of the restaurant located at 429 Troy St. in Dayton was finalized Monday, April 2. 

The Reuben sandwich from Charlie’s Deli and Catering made with corned beef, swiss cheese, 1000 island dressing, Woeber horseradish mustard and sauerkraut, toasted and melted on rye bread. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY ALEXIS LARSEN

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Rod’s official retirement day was March 30, but he said he intends to consult Raney on Charlie’s.

“My wife and I are going to give these people our hard-earned recipes,” he said.

Those recipes include Rod’s sandwich creations, Becky’s soups and the 100-year-old cabbage roll recipe passed from Rod’s grandmother to his mother and down to Becky. 

Charlie’s Deli and Catering on Troy Street in Dayton. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY ALEXIS LARSEN

Raney, the former proprietor of Chris Cafe at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, said he is excited to continue and add to Charlie’s legacy in North Dayton.  

“These are big shoes to fill and I plan on filling them,” he said. “The people love to come to Charlie’s because they love Charlie’s.  I want them to continue to come.”

Raney, a 1992 Stebbins High School graduate, said he plans to keep Charlie’s menu and add a few sandwiches of his own creation. 

Four people, including the Vangases, currently work at Charlie’s.

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Raney expects that number to remain the same.  

Eventually he said he hopes to add a full-service, sit-down breakfast. 

Married 36 years, the Vangases have barely taken any vacations due to their dedication to running Charlie’s.

Rodney said that is about to change.

“We’ve always worried about our kid and then we’ve always worried about our customers. Now it’s time to worry about us,” he said. 

Trips to visit their youngest son Craig in Atlanta are in the cards as are trips to visit Wichita, Kansas, to see Rodney’s brother and to St. Louis to visit Becky’s sister. 

The couple will be taking their grandkids to Monacan State Park and visiting a niece in Denver and a nephew in Raleigh, N.C. 

Rodney, a food lover, is particularly excited to visit a niece in Manhattan. He’s never had a chance to go. 

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“We’ve never been able to travel and visit anyone. They have always come here,” he said. “I can’t wait.” 

Rodney, the youngest of five siblings, bought Charlie’s from his father in 1982. 

He left behind his studies at Ohio State University 42 years ago when his dad became ill and said he needed help running the store. 

“I just stayed here,” he said. “I liked it.”

He and Becky started transforming Charlie’s into a deli and catering businesses in the early 1980s. 

Over the years, Charlie’s has won praise by the local media — the “Dayton Daily News” and Dayton.com included — and its loyal customers. 

Charlie’s won third place for Best Deli in the 2017 Best of Dayton people’s choice contest.

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“It is incredibly satisfying when people say ‘that was the best sandwich I have ever had’,” Rodney said. “Things like that just keep your passion going.” 

He recalled the day a customer cried after hearing a rumor that the deli was closing. 

Charlie's Deli take on a Cuban sandwich(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

 Rodney said running a “mom and pop”  has required him and his wife to come in when they have been sick and “work hardest during holidays when everyone else is having fun.” 

He said he never wanted his sons to work in the deli. Instead, Rodney said he encouraged them to complete college and have professional careers. 

Chris Vangas, a Columbus resident, is a teacher and coach at Saint Mary School in German Village. 

Craig Vangas is a trade analyst in Atlanta, his father said. 

Rodney said he will miss Charlie’s. 

“It is kind of bittersweet that we are leaving, but we want to do things we’ve never done before like taking a vacation,” Rodney said. 

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Celebrated Cincinnati chef opening new restaurant in Warren County

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Local chef and restaurateur Jean-Robert de Cavel’s new fine, fast-casual dining concept, Frenchie Fresh, puts a French twist on American-inspired classics.
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Local chef and restaurateur Jean-Robert de Cavel’s new fine, fast-casual dining concept, Frenchie Fresh, puts a French twist on American-inspired classics.(CONTRIBUTED)

The second Frenchie Fresh restaurant in the region will open at Deerfield Towne Center this summer.

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Local chef and restaurateur Jean-Robert de Cavel’s new fine, fast-casual dining concept, Frenchie Fresh, puts a French twist on American-inspired classics.

Think mac ‘n’ cheese or build your own burger.

The French-inspired food aims to offer fresh ideas, fresh ingredients and a fresh approach to high-quality dining.

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Frenchie Fresh will be located in the shopping center’s newly developed, central gathering place area called The Grove.

For more information, visit www.frenchiefresh.com.

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