Trotwood lures independent restaurants

TROTWOOD —

Food is returning to Trotwood with the opening or planned opening of three new restaurants within a year.

It began with Taste – a “fine dining” experience – taking over the old Applebee’s on Shiloh Springs Road last October. Last week, Jerseyz, a “family friendly” bar and grille with partners Carl Johnson and chief chef Delvin Parks, opened in the old Bill Knapps building on Salem Avenue.

As soon as September, a Taqueria Mixteca will open in the old California Kitchen building, which previously housed a Pizza Hut, on Shiloh Springs in front of the old Best Buy store.

Francisco (Paco) Mejia and his family would be opening their second area restaurant. They already operate a Taqueria Mixteca on East Third Street in Dayton.

That’s three independently-owned restaurants in Trotwood opening within a year, and Johnson, for one, wants to see the competition continue.

“Taste is back there, and (Mixteca) is coming there and I want to have them all around us,” said Johnson, a Trotwood high school grad, pointing to the new food locations. “I want to have restaurants all around us. I really do. This is just too good. The economy, yeah, we’re going through hard times. But this is home.

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