Day­ton-area food truck owner plans restau­rant

Dayton Daily News - - BUSINESS - By Mark Fisher Staff Writer Con­tact this re­porter at 937-2257355 or email Mark.Fisher@cox­inc. com.

A 20-year-old col­lege stu­dent and lo­cal food-truck owner is look­ing for a suit­able lo­ca­tion in the area around the Mall at Fair­field Com­mons to open his first brick­sand-mor­tar restau­rant.

The new Flyby BBQ restau­rant will share the same name as the food truck, ac­cord­ing to founder and owner David Butcher, a Yel­low Springs High School grad­u­ate and Ohio State Univer­sity mar­ket­ing stu­dent who op­er­ates the busi­ness with his cousin, Mark Butcher.

“We have been test­ing and pre­par­ing for this op­por­tu­nity, through sell­ing sauces, cater­ing, and the food truck,” David Butcher said. “Dur­ing this time we have built a cult-like fol­low­ing in the area, and peo­ple have been tak­ing no­tice. We have just closed on an in­vest­ment in Flyby BBQ and are part­ner­ing to bring our con­cept to life.”

One other lo­cal food truck, Zom­bie Dogz, made the tran­si­tion to bricks-and-mor­tar restau­rant with its lo­ca­tion on Brown Street near the Univer­sity of Day­ton. And Hunger Paynes food truck has signed a lease to open a restau­rant at the Day­ton Mall.

Butcher said he chose the Beaver­creek/Fair­born area at the urg­ing of his cus­tomers, and is look­ing to lease space.

“We are go­ing to be able to serve more peo­ple than ever be­fore,” he said. “We are be­yond ex­cited to be­gin to build a deeper con­nec­tion with this beau­ti­ful com­mu­nity through job cre­ation, whole­some food, and of­fer­ing amaz­ing fund-rais­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

If all goes as en­vi­sioned, the new Flyby BBQ fast-ca­sual restau­rant will have about 2,300 to 2,600 square feet of space, will hire 12 to 15 peo­ple, and will seat about 40, Butcher said. “We plan to be­gin con­struc­tion this win­ter for a late spring open­ing, pos­si­bly in April or May,” he said.

The Flyby BBQ food truck isn’t go­ing away. “It will be as busy as ever,” Butcher said. “We plan to go to all the big events in the Day­ton area to spread the love of BBQ. We are al­ready start­ing to build next year’s sched­ule.”

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