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Rue Dumaine moving to new Austin Landing, and Dublin Pub will open 2nd location

MIAMI TWP., Montgomery County — Rue Dumaine will move from its Washington Twp. location to the new Austin Landing development off I-75 in southern Montgomery County, where it also will launch a companion restaurant called Alligator Annie’s, according to commercial real estate firm RG Properties, which is developing Austin Landing.

In addition, owners of the Dublin Pub in Dayton will team up with the owners of Archer’s Tavern in Centerville to open a third new independent restaurant, described by RG Properties as an Irish Pub, at Austin Landing. Both the existing Dublin Pub and Archer’s will remain open, RG Properties said. The new venture will be called The Dublin Pub, an RG Properties spokeswoman said this morning.

The new restaurants are expected to open in 2013.

Rue Dumaine owners Tom Sand and Anne Kearney have contemplated the Alligator Annie’s concept for some time: an Alligator Annie’s Facebook page was launched more than a year ago, although Sand declined to discuss the venture shortly after the page appeared. RG Properties said Alligator Annie’s will “take the form of a casual Southern-style social club and will offer lunch and dinner service seven days a week.”

Kearney said this morning that the new Rue Dumaine will serve lunch Monday through Friday — at its current location, lunch is served only on Fridays. It also will have expanded bar seating as well as separate dining areas for private parties, which the current restaurant cannot accommodate. The seating capacity of the main dining room will remain about the same as the current restaurant’s 82 seats, she said.

Alligator Annie’s will have televisions and will be more accommodating to children, and will be open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Kearney said. The seating capacity hasn’t been determined.

Randy Gunlock, president of RG Properties, said in his company’s news release that it is fitting that the first restaurants to open at Austin Landing will be independents.

“There is a great history of creativity and innovation in our city, and a long line of great independent restaurants we want reflected at Austin Landing,” Gunlock said. “Independent restaurants offer a unique experience and reflect the soul of the region—a feeling we hope to capture at Austin Landing.”

Construction of the three restaurants is scheduled to begin later this year, with a target of a spring 2013 opening date, RG Properties said. Rue Dumaine and Alligator Annie’s will be housed in a 10,600-square-foot building, while the Dublin Pub will open in a 6,000-square-foot building, the firm said.

The restaurants will create an estimated 140 new jobs for the region, RG Properties said.

RG Properties is active in conversations with a number of other restaurants, targeting small and large chains as well as independents, with a goal of eight to 10 restaurants total, four or five full-service restaurants and four or five fast-casual restaurants, the company’s news release said.


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