Downtown Dayton readies for growth spurt

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The future of downtown Dayton may have just gotten brighter.

The city is expecting hundreds of new residential units and dozens of new businesses within the coming years.

“The economic impact is huge. Most of our businesses downtown like our brewpubs, restaurants and others are locally owned mom and pop restaurants. I think we have the best of eclectic, locally owned restaurants. So, this infusion of economic dollars really means a lot,” said Sandy Gudorf, Downtown Dayton Partnership president.

Restaurants & latest attractions opening in downtown:

  • Philly Joe’s Steak & Gyro on Third St. near the Arcade Building opened in March, 2016.
  • Basil’s on Market in Troy has announced plans to open a second location on Patterson Blvd. near the Water Street development
  • Table 33 a breakfast and lunch restaurant plans to open this summer at 130 W. Second St.
  • Troll Pub Under the Bridge plans to open a bar and restaurant in 2017 at 210 Wayne St.
  • Plans are under way to open an outdoor concert venue at Dave Hall Plaza called Levitt Pavilion in 2018.

Attractions underway and expansions:

  • The River Run
  •  MJ’s on Jefferson St. in Dayton has expanded and added a kitchen.
  • The city announced plans to transform the Dayton Arcade into housing for artists earlier this spring.
  • Plans to turn the Balsley Building on Fifth St. into a bakery are under construction.
  • A Holiday Inn Express is expected to be built near the University of Dayton, on Edwin C. Moses Blvd.
  • In addition to a restaurant at 210 Wayne Ave., developers plan to add 60 new housing units.
  • Talks are underway with the city and a developer to turn the Dayton Motor Car Co. building at 15 McDonough Street into work spaces for tech companies.

Long standing attractions are reinforcing the boost. Gudorf says the Dayton Dragons, the University of Dayton, Fifth Third Field and also catch tourist’s attention.

Philly Joe’s Steak & Gyro owner, Joe Abboud, grew up in Dayton. Two weeks ago he opened the sandwich shop on Third St. to invest in the city.

“Nothing stays down forever,” said Abboud.

His family has owned the grocery store right next door to the restaurant, Shop-N-Save Food Inc since 1996. The Abboud’s also own Shish Wraps on Brown St.

Abboud says his family wants to be a part of the city center’s comeback.

“I think it’s great. We’re slowly coming around. Small things make a difference,” said Abboud.

The partnership estimates 7.25 million people visit downtown Dayton every year.

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