A restaurant chain called Bagger Dave’s Burger Tavern has signed a lease to open its first location in Ohio at the Cornerstone of Centerville development, the chain’s founder said Tuesday.
Michael Ansley — CEO of Diversified Restaurant Holdings Inc., which operates 24 Bagger Dave’s restaurants in Michigan and Indiana — said he intends to open at least two more locations in the Dayton area, one in the Austin Landing area of Miami Twp. and one in Beavercreek in the Mall at Fairfield Commons area. A fourth may follow in the Huber Heights area, Ansley said.
The Cornerstone of Centerville Bagger Dave’s will seat about 160 and will employ 35 to 45, the CEO said.
Chris Conley, president of Oberer Real Estate Services, said Bagger Dave’s will occupy about 4,500 square feet of the southern side of a mixed-retail building known as Shoppes I that will be built near the Wilmington Pike entrance to Costco Warehouse. Construction should begin around March 1, Conley said.
Ansley said the new restaurant could open as early as August.
“We knew Ohio would be the next state we wanted to enter,” he said. Plans call for opening an additional six to eight restaurants in the Cincinnati region, starting with a location in the West Chester area, Ansley said. “We’ll probably sign the lease in the next few weeks” for that location, he said.
Ansley, a 1993 graduate of the University of Dayton, is also franchise owner of 42 Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Florida. His Bagger Dave’s eateries “are full-service restaurants, not fast-casual with counter service,” he said.
Each Bagger Dave’s offers “build-your-own” and signature burgers, hand-cut fries, soups, salads, a collection of bourbons and 10 craft-beer taps “that will feature local craft beer,” Ansley said. The restaurant chain’s slogan is “Different kinds of burgers, different kinds of beer.”
Several other restaurants, including Milano’s Atlantic City Submarines, Chick-fil-A, and Archer’s Tavern, have announced they’ll be opening restaurants in the mixed-use development near the I-675/Wilmington Pike interchange. Anchor tenant Costco is already open, and a Kroger store and Cabela’s outdoor store also have submitted plans to be the second and third retail anchors for the development.
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