- Eric Schwartzberg Staff Writer
As the new year starts, many people are searching for new things to try or looking for new projects to get excited about.
Here are the five most recent restaurant announcements in Butler County, which you can visit now or plan for in the coming months.
1. Sushi burritos coming to Hamilton
The owners of a new local sushi burrito franchise plan to open a downtown Hamilton location in March.
Roll On In is expected to debut in late February or early March at 102 Main St., the former site of J. Austin’s Riverbank Cafe, a restaurant that closed in September.
Co-owners John Kallenberger and Michael McCarthy, both of Cincinnati, started Roll On In in Lebanon in June 2016, adding locations in Loveland and Clifton thereafter.
2. New pizza restaurant open in downtown Middletown
A restaurant whose name and decor pay tribute to the Middletown’s steel-making history opened Dec. 15.
Blast Furnace Pizza, 1126 Central Ave., offers pizza, salads and desserts.
The business offers lunch specials, lunch delivery to area businesses, a large dining area and a downloadable Blast Furnace Pizza app to place orders.
3. New Panera coming to West Chester
Panera Bread’s largest franchisee has plans to expand the restaurant’s footprint in Butler County.
Covelli Enterprises plans to open a Panera Bread next spring in West Chester’s Beckett Ridge area along Ohio 747.
4. Hoosters will open in Deerfield Twp.
Hooters, a restaurant chain known for its chicken wings and provocatively dressed waitresses, is headed to Deerfield Twp. and will occupy the former site of a Lone Star Steakhouse.
Mark Whittle, chief development officer at Hooters of America, said the location at 9890 Escort Drive will be remodeled and is scheduled to open in October 2018.
5. Fresh bread shop to open in West Chester by spring
New dining option Skally’s plans to open by next spring at 9885 Civic Centre Blvd. in the Streets of West Chester shopping center, which is home to Holtman’s Donuts, Matt the Miller’s Tavern, Chuy’s Tex-Mex, Duluth Trading Co., Topgolf and Main Event Entertainment.
The restaurant, which has operated a location on West Galbraith Road in North College Hill since 1983, serves bread churned out next door at Skally’s Old World Bakery, allowing it to serve freshly made bagel sandwiches, pizzas, gyros and pita pocket sandwiches made with ham, turkey, roast beef or tuna, according to co-founder Drew Skally.View full experience