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Dayton’s Not Dead: Don Patron

“Good food is my passion. You know you eat good food and you’re happy. Food is happiness,” said Everardo Ascencio, owner of Don Patron Mexican Grill and Bar.

Ascencio has been the owner of Don Patron since it opened in 2016.

Don Patron’s location was chosen because of the proximity to Wright State and the community of students and young people in the area.

Vibrant atmosphere and student clientele

“We’re different in the sense that we’re focused on our customers a lot. We’re a business but in order for us to stay in business and continue growing, we cannot do it without the customers. We’re a small place so I believe our customer service is better than any other place around,” said Ascencio.

According to Ascencio, the atmosphere of Don Patron is vibrant.

Don Patron has a large customer population of students and young adults. Lots of men and women in the military also frequent the restaurant.

Ascencio guesses that roughly half of all the customers that Don Patron attracts are students or other young people in the area.

According to Maggie Espino, manager at Don Patron, the restaurant is family owned and oriented.

“We all get along here. We all like each other. I’ve worked at a lot of restaurants but none like this. There’s no drama and I like it,” said Espino.

Espino’s favorite food item on the menu is the Burrito Patron and Ascencio’s is the Burrito Durango.

Where to go

Don Patron Mexican Grill and Bar is located at 2632 Colonel Glenn Highway in Fairborn, Ohio.

Don Patron is open every day. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday