We take you inside of Salar as it recovers from a fire on Dec. 29, 2018.

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After two months of hustling to get back to doing what she loves, Thauh Do “T.D.” Tran was finally able to cross the finish line and reopen shop this week.

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Tran’s family business, Little Saigon, 1718 Woodman Drive in  Dayton, is one of three local restaurants that closed due to fires in recent months.  

Loyal customers have been anxiously waiting for the reopening of the Vietnamese restaurant after a kitchen fire between Thursday, May 24, and Friday, May 25, damaged equipment and forced Little Saigon to close. Following a final health department inspection Tuesday, the restaurant officially reopened for business Wednesday.

Little Saigon Restaurant co-owner, Thauh Do “T.D.” Tran, visits with some of the restaurant's most regular customers.
Photo: Sarah Franks

“We missed our customers very much,” Tran said . 

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Little Saigon Restaurant,  1718 Woodman Dr. in Kettering, plans to reopen July 25. Bao Thoi, a co-owner, points to damaged caused by the fire and the fire suppression system.
Photo: Amelia Robinson

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Margot Blondet, owner and executive chef of Salar Restaurant and Lounge in Dayton’s Oregon District. SUBMITTED

➡️  Salar Restaurant and Lounge, 400 E. Fifth St., held open interviews for restaurant employees June 25 and 26 and again a few weeks later in July.

The prominently located Oregon District restaurant has been closed since the Dec. 29 fire. 

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“It’s a roller coaster. We’ve been working since day one trying to reopen,” said Margot Blondet, the owner of Salar Restaurant and Lounge at 400 E. Fifth St. “We are going to change the bar, add a new foyer. When you come in it, is going to be more welcoming.”

Blondet, a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in Lima, Peru, opened Salar in 2013 at the former site of Sidebar.

Salar Restaurant and Lounge is being rehabilitated after a fire Dec. 29, 2017. A worker is show doing work on the outside of the restaurant.
Photo: Amelia Robinson

➡️ The Brunch Club, the popular diner at 601 S. Main St. downtown, has been closed since an early morning kitchen fire on April 20. 

No customers were in the business when the fire started and no one was physically injured. 

In May, owner Jim Vari told us it might take two to three more weeks before he would be able to reopen the Brunch Club. The reopening has since been delayed, and a July 31 Facebook update announced the diner is hoping for a September reopening.

“We can’t wait to be open and serving all our loyal customers again. Hang in there. Please keep watching our page for any new updates,” said Vari in a Facebook post on Wednesday.

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Brunch Club owner Jim Vari said damage to his business was more extensive than first thought.
Photo: Photo: Amelia Robinson

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