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JUST IN: Local restaurant chain named to national ‘Top 100 Movers & Shakers’ list

A Kettering-based restaurant chain scored some national acclaim over the weekend when it was named to Fast Casual’s “Top 100 Movers and Shakers” list.

It’s at least the second appearance on the list for Hot Head Burritos, which opened its first restaurant in Kettering in 2007. Hot Head was #54 in the 2012 Top 100 Movers and Shakers list, and earned #57 on the 2018 list, which was announced over the weekend at a national restaurant convention, according to Kelly Gray, Hot Head’s director of real estate. Hot Head co-founders Ray Wiley and Matt Curtis accepted the award with Gray.

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The Top 100 list is selected by Fast Casual, a publication and web site that cover the fast-casual segment of the restaurant industry.

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Hot Head’s rapid initial growth earned national recognition. In December 2011, the chain was named among the “Ones to Watch” by QSR Magazine, which monitors the “quick-service restaurant” category.

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Hot Head now operates more than 70 restaurants in eight states. It has been renovating some of its older stores and has added alcoholic beverages, with an emphasis on craft beer and margaritas, at several of its Dayton-area locations. 

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The Mexican chain isn’t the only restaurant chain with a Dayton-area presence to be recognized by the “movers and shakers” list. In 2016, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, which opened its first Dayton-area location last November in Springboro, captured first place on on that year’s “Top 100 Movers and Shakers” list.

Aimovig: New migraine prevention drug approved by FDA

If you suffer from chronic migraines, relief is here.

According to The Associated Press, the Food and Drug Administration last week approved Aimovig, a monthly shot that aims to reduce migraines. The drug, developed by Amgen Inc. and Novartis AG, is "injected monthly just under the skin using a pen-like device," the AP reported. Its price tag: $6,900 annually before insurance.

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But how does Aimovig work? The FDA said it blocks "the activity of calcitonin gene-related peptide, a molecule that is involved in migraine attacks." Amgen researchers said participants in one study saw their migraines reduced by half and experienced "minor side effects" like colds, the AP reported.

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If Aimovig doesn't sound right for you, you're still in luck: Three similar shots and various pills to combat migraines are in the works.

Read more here.

– The Associated Press contributed to this report.

JUST IN: New sports bar in the works in Warren County

A new sports bar to be called Reid’s Sports Bar & Grill is in the works in Warren County, according to state records and social-media posts.

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The new sports bar is coming to 549 E. Main St. in Lebanon. The space previously housed a barbecue restaurant. 

>> The same local BBQ rub declared best, worst in America

The founders have created a Reid’s Sports Bar & Grill Facebook page, and they applied for a full liquor license for the space on Monday, May 14.

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We’ve reached out to the owners of Reid’s Sports Bar & Grill to obtain more details about the new business in the making, and will update this story with any new information. 

Newly opened coffee shop adds Young’s Jersey Dairy ice cream

A locally owned and independent coffee shop has added ice cream from Young’s Jersey Dairy to its menu, starting today, Friday May 18.

Grind House Coffee and Tea, which opened just last month at 313 W. Main St. in Fairborn, has been “test-dipping” cones from the iconic Yellow Springs ice cream shop this week, but formally launches Young’s ice cream today.

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"I came to Fairborn to share my passion of coffee with the community, and when the opportunity to sell ice cream presented itself, I was humbled to partner with well-known local producer Young's Jersey Dairy,” said Bill Miller Jr., CEO of Grind House Coffee and Tea.

>> The same local BBQ rub declared best, worst in America

The coffee shop’s hours are 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

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Miller said all menu items, including ice cream, will be available for delivery via Doordash starting today.

The same local BBQ rub declared best, worst in America

A chef and pitmaster for a local barbecue restaurant is scratching his head after one of his products that previously captured first place in a national competition came in dead last out of nearly 200 rubs in another competition, the results of which were released last week.

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Chris Cavender, founder of the online-order company UrbanQ Smokehouse and pitmaster at 1572 Roadhouse Bar-B-Q near Waynesville, did score some great recognition for some of his other products at the 2018 American Royal World Series of Barbecue sauces and rubs competition.

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His UrbanQ Myassis Dragon sauce placed 6th out of 134 tomato-based sauces to enter the competition, and his Smokey Maple sauce placed #4 out of 84 entries in the “specialty sauces” category.

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But UrbanQ’s “It’s All About The Meats & More” rub came in last — 196th out of 196 — among all rubs in the same competition

The ranking was based on the combined scorecards of a panel of six barbecue judges.

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The rub is exactly the same ingredients and formula as the rub that won 1st place in the 2016 National Barbecue Rubs of Honor competition, out of 32 entries. At the time, it was entered under the 1572 Roadhouse label for that competition. But only the label was different.

“It’s pretty amazing how judges’ palates can differ,” Cavender said. 

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He does have one theory. The formula for It’s All About The Meats & More is made for cuts of beef, with an emphasis on salt and garlic. It does not contain sugar or paprika, as most rubs for pork and chicken do. The judges who ranked the rub poorly may have been reacting to that, Cavender said.

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So, is the It’s All About The Meats & More rub the best or worst in America?

There’s only one way to find out. The rub is available for $5.95 per bottle on the UrbanQ mail-order web site. 

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New craft cocktail bar coming to the Oregon District

The Oregon District will soon have a new craft cocktail bar in a venue that would have been impossible before a 2016 change in state law.

The Belle of Dayton Distillery shut down its tasting room and gift shop yesterday, May 15, so it can be transformed into a craft cocktail room, to be called the “Van Buren Room,” founders and brothers Murphy and Mike LaSelle told this news outlet today. The distillery is located at 122 Van Buren St. in Dayton’s Oregon Historic District.

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Plans call for “an intimate space, including windows looking into the federally bonded distillery, with an early 1900s look and feel,” Belle of Dayton’s owners said in a release. It will seat about 47 and will feature classic cocktails with Belle of Dayton spirits along with rare and experimental releases, the LaSelle brothers said.

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Locally produced craft beer in cans and bottles, other Ohio distilled spirits, and an extensive selection of gin, bourbon, Scotch, and rye Whiskies also will be available. Food will be served, “but cocktails are the primary focus,” Murphy LaSelle told this news outlet. 

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Until 2016, the project would have been prohibited under state law. But House Bill 351 — co-sponsored by State Rep. Rick Perales (R-Beavercreek) and approved in 2016 — allowed distilleries to obtain a permit allowing them to serve their distilled liquor, and other alcoholic beverages, by the glass for consumption on the distillery’s premises. The new law put Ohio’s craft distilleries on level ground with Ohio’s brewpubs and wineries, which already had that option. The legislation also allowed distilleries to serve food.

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“By obtaining this permit, Ohio distillers will be able to operate more like a bar, attracting consumers who are interested in enjoying the microdistillery’s product on site,” Ohio House Republicans wrote on their “Majority Caucus Blog” in April 2016.

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The Van Buren Room at Belle of Dayton is tentatively scheduled to open in August 2018, Murphy LaSelle said. Plans call for being open five days a week with regular bar hours, LaSelle said. 

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Belle of Dayton will continue distilling and bottling throughout renovations, although the tasting room/gift shop will be closed to the public until the Van Buren Room opens. The Belle of Dayton is currently seeking qualified candidates for bartenders “who share the same creative passion for spirits” as the distillery. The distillery owners said resumes can be mailed to

>> Belle of Dayton snags rare double-gold medal at San Fran competition

Since opening in 2014, the Belle of Dayton Distillery has won multiple awards and recognition for its pot-distilled, small-batch spirits, including a coveted Double Gold medal for its Dayton Gin at the 2017 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

The Greene announces new band pavilion 

The Greene Town Center in Beavercreek is gearing up to unveil a new band pavilion on its town square.

The Greene’s owner, Olshan Properties, said the band pavilion will be the first permanent structure of its kind at the center, which has retail, residential and commercial components. 

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The 20 foot-tall by 20 foot-wide enclosure is sponsored by Kettering Health Network. It will accommodate outdoor concerts and other events on the town square, which hosts live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night.

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“Not only is this a significant upgrade from the tent that we’ve used for more than 10 years, but it will enliven our outdoor events programming for years to come,”  Steve Willshaw, general manager of The Greene, said in a release.

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 The structure is expected to be completed by the end of May.

This hidden downtown patio that’s 20 stories off the ground is ready for a party or work

There are patios with great views and then there is this 20-story high one overlooking downtown and much of Dayton. 

To say that the patio in the penthouse of the Fifth Third Center, 1 S. Main St., has an awesome view of the city is an understatement. 

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Ron Smith, the leasing manager for the building for 20 years, said the space — recently site of Culture Works’ Artini fundraiser — would be great for an office, but the possibilities are open. 

“We are pretty much open to anything that gets anyone back in there,” he said. 

Smith said “anything” includes playing host to more fundraisers and other events. 

“I would be thrilled if some company normally did that,” Smith said.  

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The space has been empty since CareSource, now headquartered a few blocks away at 230 N. Main St., left it in 2009. 

The 8,800-square-foot, 20-floor building with its 5,000 or so square foot of balcony space has been used by CareSource’s executive team. 

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Other spaces in the building also have patios.  

If Smith had his way, the floor would be broken up into four condos. The building’s owner is not interested in that plan, he said. 

Formerly known as One Dayton Centre, the building was completed in 1989 and is Dayton’s third tallest building behind KeyBank Tower and Kettering Tower, the tallest building. 

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JUST IN: Burger King to open 4 more Dayton-area locations

A Dayton-area Burger King franchisee is planning to add four more restaurants in the region over the next 12 to 18 months, starting with a new location in Clayton. 

Matt Carpenter, CEO of TOMS King Services based in Palatine, Illinois, said he is very bullish on the Dayton-area market — and that’s why his company is significantly expanding its franchise footprint in the region. TOMS King owns and operates more than 100 Burger King restaurants across Ohio, Illinois, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia, making it one of the 10 largest Burger King franchisees in the country.

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Carpenter confirmed to this news outlet that his company has signed a lease to build a new restaurant at 7151 Hoke Road in Clayton. If all goes well with with permits and other regulatory requirements, the new restaurant will be under construction by mid-summer, and is scheduled to open before the end of the year, the TOMS King CEO said. The City of Clayton Planning Commission is scheduled to consider a request for architecture and landscape review of the project on Monday, May 21. The new store will create 45 to 50 new jobs, about half of them full-time.

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Another three to four new Burger King restaurants are in various stages of planning and development in the Dayton region, Carpenter said. TOMS King is still negotiating leases and other details of the new stores, and Carpenter declined to disclose their locations.

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TOMS King isn’t the only Burger King franchisee in the Dayton area, but it is growing quickly. The company opened a new restaurant at 9189 Dayton-Lebanon Pike (Ohio 48) in Washington Twp. south of Centerville in March, and just a month later, opened a newly built restaurant at 60 S. Broad St. in Fairborn.

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“We’re excited about the Dayton market,” Carpenter said. “We think it is under-served.”

The Dayton area’s municipalities and townships and chambers of commerce are more business-friendly than many other markets TOMS King operates in, Carpenter said. “Some places make it pretty difficult to do business,” he said.

>> Local beer distributor announces bold move to secure its future

The Dayton area’s real-estate and leasing prices are comparatively inexpensive, and its employment environment is strong, the franchisee company CEO said.

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UPDATE: Local beer distributor announces bold move to secure its future

A Dayton-based beer distributor today announced a bold move its owner says is designed to secure its future and position the business for future growth and expansion.

Bonbright Distributors, with headquarters adjacent to the University of Dayton arena, has reached a tentative agreement to purchase Erie, Pennsylvania-based Glenwood Beer Distributors, which distributes dozens of breweries’ beers to retail establishments in a 14-county area in northwest Pennsylvania, according to Bonbright Chairman and CEO Brock Anderson III. The acquisition is subject to approval from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board and Glenwood’s current beer suppliers, but if all goes as planned, the transaction will be complete by early summer, Anderson said.

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It is the largest acquisition in the 84-year history of Bonbright, its CEO said.

“We’re excited about this,” said Anderson, who has been looking to expand Bonbright’s footprint. “This gives us a chance to grow the business, it solidifies our presence in Ohio, and it gives us two states we can grown in.”

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The pending purchase sends a message to Bonbright’s employees and its suppliers that it’s not looking to sell or merge, Anderson said. “We’re looking to become a large national distributorship through mid-market acquisitions,” the Bonbright CEO said.

Like Bonbright, Glenwood distributes Miller and Coors brands, which make up nearly two-third of its business, Anderson said. It also distributes Boston Beer, best known for its Sam Adams label, as well as Pabst, Mike’s Hard Lemonade, Seagram’s and Genesee products.

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Terms of the pending sale were not disclosed. 

Glenwood has nearly 100 employees, and Bonbright has about 150, Anderson said. The purchase “will not cause any layoffs. In fact, rapid growth is anticipated,” according to a Bonbright release. 

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The previous owner of Glenwood, James Mantyla, died unexpectedly of a heart attack in April 2017. A foundation has operated the beer distributorship since then, Anderson said. 

Four months after Mantyla’s death, the foundation announced charitable donations totaling $1 million to institutions and entities that impacted his life. The donation recipients included St. Peter Cathedral, which received $100,000 for renovations; Gannon University, which received $250,000 to start the James Mantyla Memorial Scholarship fund; Cathedral Prep, which received $250,000 for scholarships; and St. Mary's Home of Erie, which received $400,000 for its Benevolent Care Fund, according to a news story on

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“He cared deeply for his employees and the community,” Anderson said. “I wish I had the opportunity to know him. At Bonbright, we share the same values and pledge to carry on his strong legacy.”

The new ownership group formed by Bonbright to oversee its new subsidiary will be led by Bonbright President John DiMario and one of Bonbright’s owners, Phil Ringo. 

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Many of the Bonbright ownership team either live in or have deep ties to Pennsylvania, Anderson said.

Bonbright Distributors was founded in 1934 by Carl Bonbright. It was purchased by Brock Anderson’s father, H. Brockman Anderson, in 1983. The company distributes dozens of beer brands in nine Miami Valley counties: Butler, Clinton, Darke, Greene, Mercer, Miami, Montgomery, Preble and Warren.

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“We’ve been around since 1934, and we want to stay in Dayton,” Brock Anderson said. “We could have hit cruise control and been fine for the next 10 years or so. But we did not want to do that. Dayton is all about resilience. This acquisition puts us in a really good position to expand our business over the long term.”

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