To describe the building in which Jay's Seafood finds itself today is to depict the history of Dayton since the mid-1800s. Once the Dayton Corn and Grist Mill and later a school for young ladies, it first became a restaurant in 1882 when its proprietor paid to transform 5,400 pounds of mahogany into a 32-foot bar, eventually frequented by the likes of Buffalo Bill. And just like the rest of the decor—which comprises antique light fixtures and a railing from the Old Xenia Hotel—the ingredients that form Jay's dishes too come from an eclectic mix of sources.
Jay's dished out the freshest seafood from various suppliers around the United States, while Angus beef arrives fresh from Chicago and is hand-cut into steaks in the kitchen. The results of these efforts manifest in succulent house specialties such as spiced bourbon salmon, sea scallops baked in garlic butter, and grilled filet mignon. Each meal is made even more enjoyable with a featured wine by the glass or bottle and one of Jay's housemade desserts.
The Black Rooster Pasta Bar provides an organic menu of made-to-order Italian pasta selections and all-day breakfast cuisine nestled among rustic décor. Begin by creating a carb nest of noodles ($7) such as linguine, cavatappi, or rice noodles, before selecting a cream, tomato, or olive-oil-based sauce (addtional $1 for gorgonzola, rossa, or terra sauce) to circumvent the noodle friction that can lead to disastrous pasta fires. Next, dive into an array of additional toppings (starting at $0.50) such as a sliced 5-ounce chicken breast, jumbo shrimp, or a de-contextualized BLT of bacon, spinach, and sun-dried tomatoes. Break a fast with pane al sole, boasting cinnamon and maple syrup drizzled over Tuscan bread, brimming with mascarpone cream cheese, and crowned in seasonal fruit ($6) or end an evening meal with sweet-teeth-slaking tiramisu ($4) and cannolis ($1.50 each).
Even after Aaron and Bethany Horn moved to the United States, they would fondly look back on memories of buying fresh, warm meat pies from their local bakery. Hoping to introduce this treasured New Zealand treat to their American neighbors, the duo decided to open their own bakery. They set up shop in a stand at the local Dayton community's PNC Street Market amid the booths of local growers, artisans, and culinary specialists that pack the lively market's historic freight house. Aaron and Bethany whip up food from their menu of New Zealand-style pasties that has been lauded on Living Dayton. Each day, they pack flaky crusts with plump morsels of lean meats, fresh vegetables, and hearty sauces, cooking a variety of classic, Indian-style, and breakfast pies. The bakers use natural ingredients in their products, eschewing MSG, artificial flavors, and golf balls painted to look like radishes.
Though unheard of by many Americans, in Colombia, arepas are an everyday treat. Arepas & Co brings these savory, slightly sweet cornmeal patties to the American masses via the restaurant's diverse and authentic menu. Step up to the Colombian-flag-colored front counter and choose your arepa's fillings from a selection of marinated, slow-roasted meats, cheese, or black beans and plantains, along with four house-made sauces, such as creamy garlic mayo. Another specialty is the Colombian street-food staple known as mazorca, sweet roasted corn the chefs top with meat, cheese, crushed potato chips, and a choice of sauces. Crisp corn empanadas enfold stuffings neatly, and Colombian platters highlight the gourmet flavors without the corn, unlike Iron Chef's laugh track.
Slate-colored walls and exposed pipes lend an industrial air to the elegant red curtains and wooden wine racks of Serendipity Bistro. In fact, the curated wine list is one of the bistro's specialties, next to the flatbread pizzas and paninis made from scratch and paired with everything from turkey and apple chutney to shrimp artichoke pesto. Some evenings, guests can also share pitchers of sangria, a sweetened wine beverage the Spanish invented to lull pet tigers into their afternoon siestas.
With a stay at Crowne Plaza Dayton, you'll be centrally located in Dayton, steps from Dayton Convention Center and minutes from Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center. This hotel is within close proximity of Victoria Theater and Sinclair Community College.
Make yourself at home in one of the 287 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and flat-screen televisions. Your pillowtop bed comes with down comforters. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Bathrooms feature shower/tub combinations, makeup/shaving mirrors, and complimentary toiletries.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Take advantage of recreation opportunities including a 24-hour fitness facility and a seasonal outdoor pool. Additional features include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and gift shops/newsstands. Guests can catch a ride to nearby destinations on the complimentary area shuttle.
Satisfy your appetite at the hotel's restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a 24-hour business center, a computer station, and business services. Planning an event in Dayton? This hotel has 6272 square feet (564 square meters) of space consisting of a conference center, conference/meeting rooms, and small meeting rooms. A roundtrip airport shuttle is complimentary (available on request).