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Cutting carbs? Noodles & Company unveils trendy new noodle replacement

The national restaurant chain Noodles & Company, which operates four restaurants across the region, announced today the nationwide launch of zucchini noodles that restaurant officials say will be spiral-cut daily at each location.

>> Caddy’s Tap House to shut down its Beavercreek location

The lower-calorie and low-carb zucchini noodles — or “zoodles” — are making their debut in two dishes: the new Zucchini Romesco, and the existing menu item Thai Green Curry with Shrimp. And they can be substituted in any other dish for a 75-cent charge.

 >> PHOTOS: Did we spot you at the Taste of Greene County?

Zucchini Romesco is topped with roasted red pepper sauce made with almonds, sun-dried tomatoes and vegetables. The  Zucchini Thai Green Curry with Shrimp pairs a sweet coconut green curry sauce with pineapple, broccoli, red onion, snap peas, lime, black sesame seeds and cilantro. 

 >> TODAY: Beloved downtown shop’s new owner is keeping the ‘sass’

Noodles & Company operates restaurants at The Greene in Beavercreek, at Austin Landing in Miami Twp., on Tylersville Road in the West Chester area, and in South Mason-Montgomery Road in the Mason area. 

In a release, Noodles & Company officials say the company is the first national fast-casual chain to offer zoodles nationwide.

>> 6 restaurants that closed at The Greene

"Expanding our noodle offerings from classic pastas like cavatappi, elbow and spaghetti to more adventurous noodles like udon, rice and ramen, zucchini is a natural step in providing our guests with more creative options,” Chas Hermann, chief brand officer at Noodles & Company, said in a release. “In addition to zucchini tasting delicious and being a great substitute in every dish we serve, zucchini noodles also meet many of today's dietary needs, such as low-carb and gluten-free."

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Small zoodle bowls start at $5.75, with regular bowls starting at $7.25. To encourage guests to give zucchini noodles a try, the chain is offering a taste guarantee: Any guest who orders a bowl of zucchini noodles and doesn't feel the zoodle love can get a replacement traditional noodle dish at no additional cost, company officials said. 

>> 12 of the best restaurants in Dayton

Zoodles are available at all 476 Noodles restaurants nationwide. 

FINAL GOODBYE: Downtown Dayton wine bar hosts one last sale today before shutting doors

A wine bar and restaurant that operated for 12 years in two locations in downtown Dayton will say its final farewells today, Wednesday May 2 — but not before one last wine sale that features deep discounts on its remaining stock.

>> Caddy’s Tap House to shut down its Beavercreek location

“Stop in for one last goodbye before we box up the remaining wines and close the doors on The Wine Gallery for the very last time,” Brian Linnean, co-founder of The Wine Gallery and Cafe, at 5 W. Monument Ave., said in an email to customers.

>> TODAY: Levitt Pavilion’s summer concert schedule is about to be announced — and you can be the first to know 

A going-out-of-business wine sale has been underway for a couple of weeks, but, “I still have a few bottles remaining in our inventory that are looking for good homes,” Linnean wrote. “Brian, Lisa, Liza, Mat and I will be opening the doors on Wednesday, May 2nd, from 4 p.m. until  7 p.m. for last-minute shopping and to say goodbye to those that didn't make their way in over the past week.”

 >> PHOTOS: Did we spot you at the Taste of Greene County?

Linnean reached an agreement six weeks ago to sell the business and property. The new owners have not yet disclosed details of how the space will be used.

>> 12 of the best restaurants in Dayton

“We’re going to bring something a little different to downtown,” Paul Pelnar, one of the new owners, told this news outlet in early March. “We’re enthusiastic about the things that are happening down there.” 

 >> TODAY: Beloved downtown shop’s new owner is keeping the ‘sass’

Linnean opened The Wine Gallery at the Cannery at East Third Street and Wayne Avenue in 2006, then moved the business to its current address at Main Street and Monument Avenue in January 2010 after buying the building at 5 W. Monument Ave. The Wine Gallery earlier this year won the “Best of 2017” category of “Best Wine Selection (Restaurant).” 

>> Best of Dayton 2017 Winners: Food & Dining

Linnean had started selling wines from a vendor booth in the Second Street Market in downtown Dayton in 2003, and kept that part of the business going until December 2016.

>> 6 restaurants that closed at The Greene

Linnean also oversees Linda’s Restaurant, a family-style breakfast-and-lunch eatery in downtown Xenia, which recently located to 131 Cincinnati Ave. and reopened under the new name of 5 Points Cafe

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JUST IN: Caddy’s Tap House to shut down its Beavercreek location

The Caddy’s Tap House at 2760 Towne Drive in Beavercreek will shut down effective May 6, after a run of nearly 15 years, most of them as Cadillac Jacks Sports Bar & Grill.

Servers at the Beavercreek pub are telling customers Sunday will be the final day for Caddy’s, and customers are handed a two-page list of “Closing Sale/Until May 6” special discounts that include top-shelf drinks, house wine, Bison burgers, hot dogs and turkey club sandwiches.

>> PHOTOS: Did we spot you at the Bellbrook Sugar Maple Festival?

The local franchisee for the Mexican restaurant chain “R Taco” — which opened its first location in Ohio 13 months ago on Brown Street near the University of Dayton — applied for liquor licenses last week to serve alcohol in the 240-seat space that houses the existing Caddy’s Tap House in Beavercreek.

PREVIOUS COVERAGE: R Taco eyes 2nd Dayton-area location at Caddy’s Tap House Beavercreek space

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It’s not clear whether a deal has been finalized for R Taco to open in the space across from the Mall at Fairifield Commons. After initially returning an email Friday morning promising a statement on the fate of the Beavercreek restaurant later that day, Caddy’s Tap House owner Billy Joe Deck has not responded to multiple requests for comment. R  Taco franchisee John Slaughenhaupt also has declined to provide details of his plans for the site.

>> RELATED: Beavercreek Cadillac Jacks morphs into ‘Caddy’s Tap House’ (September 2014)

The closure of the Beavercreek Caddy’s Tap House will come one year nearly to the day after the closure of the only other Caddy’s Tap House, at 9400 N. Springboro Pike (Ohio 741) in Miami Twp. Both businesses operated as Cadillac Jacks Sports Bar & Grill prior to transitioning to Caddy’s Tap House, under the ownership of Deck. Both pubs re-branded after extensive renovations that included a greater emphasis on craft beers and a menu overhaul. 

>> TODAY: Local fried-chicken restaurant reopens without former manager 'Ms. Pam.' She has her OWN plans.

A Fairborn location of Cadillac Jacks at 1156 Kauffman Ave., remains open. That restaurant re-branded briefly as Hangar 18 Drinking Joint & Hangout, but later returned to its Cadillac Jacks theme. 

The Cadillac Jacks history also includes a pub on Smithville Road near the Dayton-Kettering border that enjoyed a run of more than a decade, from the late 1990s through April 2012.

>> Free CUPCAKES all this week at Centerville bakery celebrating 10 years in business

The Cadillac Jacks location at the Beavercreek site transformed into Caddy’s Tap House in September 2014. But the changes were not popular with some of the regulars of the former Cadillac Jacks, who voiced their displeasure on social media. 

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Cadillac Jack’s co-founder Deck said at the time that the total cost of the transformation reached $250,000. An existing patio is now enclosed, a gazebo was added to provide open-air space, beer-hall-style community tables were installed in some portions of the dining area, and the number of beer taps were doubled.

>> Cadillac Jacks morphs into ‘Caddy’s Tap House’ (September 2014)

“This is basically a brand new restaurant,” Deck said at the time. 

>> ‘R Taco’ to add 13 new restaurants in SW, central Ohio

Deck said increased competition led him to renovate and re-brand the sports bars.  “It seems like everyone is opening a sports bar these days,” Deck said. “We’re trying to stay one level ahead of everyone else.” 

The Beavercreek pub endured a few police-related incidents last summer. It was the site of three incidents in July and August 2017 in which arrests were made, including former University of Dayton Flyers basketball player Sam Miller, who was arrested at Caddy's for disorderly conduct. Police said Miller was accused of pushing a female bartender and acting belligerently in the back of a Beavercreek police cruiser while on the way to jail.  

>> R Taco restaurant opening today on Brown Street near UD (March 2017)

FREE CUPCAKES all this week at Centerville bakery celebrating 10 years in business

A Centerville bakery will celebrate its first decade in business with free cupcakes all this week May 1, 2018.

“I have referred to our bakery as the Wrigley Field of baking,” Matt Boosalis, founder and owner of Boosalis Baking and Cafe, at 175 E. Alex-Bell Road in the Cross Pointe Shopping Center, told this news outlet. “We are dedicated to old-fashioned methods using real butter, cream and eggs. We want to carry this vanishing tradition into the future for for our dedicated regular customers and also the new ones to come.”

>>  Candy shop that shut down at The Greene to relocate to the Oakwood area

Ten years “is a modest time for many Dayton businesses, but nevertheless, I have seen a lot of openings and closing in that period. We opened at the worst time economically. That and my own learning curve made it very much a challenge. Yet we arrive at our 10th on firm footing, with new customers arriving every day.”

>> TODAY: Local fried-chicken restaurant reopens without former manager 'Ms. Pam.' She has her OWN plans.

The bakery specializes in hand-rolled croissants and the flaky dessert pastry called Kouign Amann, and offers bread, cookies, scones and other pastries, as well as a breakfast and lunch menu. 

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Boosalis said offering a free cupcake to every customer who comes into the bakery today through Saturday, May 5 will allow him to spotlight the bakery’s real buttercream icing.

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“Ours has more butter than sugar,” Boosalis said.

No other birthday events are planned beyond the free-cupcake offer.

>> PHOTOS: Did we spot you at the Bellbrook Sugar Maple Festival?

“We will do as we normally do: start work early, keep our heads down and focus on making great-tasting pastries, breads and sandwiches. That is the best way we can thank the Miami Valley for enabling our success.”


How to get free Chipotle on Teacher Appreciation Day

Chipotle will celebrate Teacher Appreciation Day on May 8 with a tasty deal: buy one, get one free burrito, bowl, salad or order of tacos at participating stores.

According to the restaurant chain's website, educators can claim their freebie from 3 p.m. to close Tuesday, May 8, by presenting their faculty ID.

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The promotion is limited to "one free entree item per customer," available "for in-restaurant orders only" and "not valid for online, mobile, fax or catering orders," the website says

To be on the safe side, contact your local Chipotle to make sure it is participating in the offer.

Read more here.

Local fried-chicken restaurant reopens without former manager 'Ms. Pam.' She has her OWN plans.

A Dayton fried chicken restaurant has reopened with its third name in five months, and its manager has split from the restaurant and is launching her own food trailer this week.

The former Ms. Pam’s Old Dayton Style Chicken at 2920 Wayne Ave. has become Old Dayton-Style Fried Chicken, according to Gary Keller, the restaurant’s owner. Former manager Pam Jackson, for whom the restaurant was initially named, is no longer with the restaurant, Keller said.

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Jackson told this news outlet that she is looking for a new location to open her own restaurant, but until then, will serve from a mobile unit, starting later this week. The location is not yet determined. This story will be updated with any new information about a location.

For more information about the Wayne Avenue Old Dayton-Style Fried Chicken, call (937) 496-5064.

For more information on Pam Jackson’s food trailer, call (937) 938-9868.

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A Dayton restaurant that ran afoul of another restaurant’s trademark just as it was opening its doors for the first time in December has removed its offending signage that had been corrected using duct tape — and also is dramatically expanding its menu.

The restaurant now known as Ms. Pam’s Old Dayton Style Chicken at 2920 Wayne Ave. triggered a trademark dispute when it hung a sign proclaiming itself “Ms. Pam’s Parkmoor Style Dixie Fried Chicken” in December. That restaurant name prompted a swift “cease-and-desist” order from an attorney representing Fricker’s, the local restaurant and pub chain that has taken steps to register and protect the “Parkmoor” name for fried chicken, Ms. Pam’s founders said.

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As a result, Ms. Pam’s owners Gary Keller and Pam Jackson capitulated by covering up, with duct tape, the “Parkmoor” and “Dixie” on the sign in front of their new restaurant near Belmont High School. Now, that original sign has been removed, and, “Hopefully, we’ll have our new sign up by the end of the week,” Jackson said late Monday.

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In December, Keller made it clear to this news outlet that he still believed his fried chicken tastes better — and more true to the flavor of the original recipe served at the Dayton-area Parkmoor restaurant chain — than any other version that he had tasted. But he said he would do as the cease-and-desist letter demanded, to avoid a legal battle.

“I didn’t want to spend $60,000 in court and lose,” Keller said at the time. “They have the rights to the name, and there’s nothing we can do about it.”

>> RELATED: ‘Chicken Wars’ break out in Dayton area with opening of several new restaurants (January 2017)

In its heyday in the 1960s, Parkmoor operated more than a half-dozen restaurants in the Dayton area, and at least 10 more elsewhere in Ohio and in Michigan and Indiana. The fond memories of Parkmoor chicken is evident in a long, nostalgia-filled thread of comments on

The Frickers restaurant in Huber Heights started serving Parkmoor Chicken in 2009, according to a Dayton Daily News column by Dale Huffman published in August of that year.

>> RELATED: Famous Parkmoor chicken on the menu of local restaurant (August 2009 Dale Huffman column)

Jackson previously worked for the Church’s Fried Chicken chain in the Dayton area.

>> RELATED: New Popeyes chicken restaurant opens in Englewood; more on the way (September 2017)

The restaurant’s 2,000-square-foot space previously housed Oaked and Smoked, a deli that specialized in smoked salmon; a New York Pizza shop; and Tony’s Italian Sausage.

>> RELATED: Church’s Chicken shuts down 2 Dayton-area restaurants (December 2016)

The Ms. Pam’s menu includes fried chicken pieces, chicken tenders, chicken livers and boneless chicken. And the owners have recently added several items to the menu, including desserts such as sweet potato pie, house-made banana pudding, German chocolate cake and vanilla cake; chicken & noodles; barbecue chicken sandwiches; chicken wraps; and beef hot dogs. Sweet tea and kids meals also are now available, Jackson said.

For more information, call (937) 496-5064.

James Avery, Texas jewelry icon, dead at 96

James Avery, the founder of one of Texas’ most beloved jewelry brands, has died, according to a Facebook message posted Monday by James Avery Artisan Jewelry. Born in 1921, Avery was 96 when he died, according to the San Antonio Express-News.

>> PHOTOS: Notable deaths in 2018

“It is with heartfelt sorrow that we announce the passing of our founder, James Avery,” the jewelry company’s Facebook post reads. “We are forever grateful to Mr. Avery for giving us the opportunity to be a part of his dream. He was a dynamic, creative and generous man who touched the lives of many people during his lifetime through his work, his art and his giving spirit. His contributions will always be remembered as the company continues to build upon his artistic legacy.”

>> See the Facebook post here

Avery started his business in 1954, setting up shop in a two-car garage with $250 in capital, according to the jeweler’s website. The brand is well-known for its Christian-themed jewelry and is headquartered in Kerrville.

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“In lieu of sending flowers or other gifts, and in recognition of Mr. Avery’s generous and giving spirit, we welcome you to give to the charity of your choice,” the company’s Facebook post reads. Fans can also share memories and condolences at the James Avery website or by emailing

NEW DETAILS: Change of plans for St. Anne the Tart bakery and coffee shop

The founder of the future bakery and coffee house “St. Anne the Tart” is now targeting a former violin shop at 1500 E. Fifth St. at Labelle Street in Dayton for her new venture. 

The change of plans — the shop had been slated for 1509 E. Fifth St., across the street — has pushed back the projected opening to this fall, according to founder Megan Smith.

>> TODAY: Candy shop that shut down at The Greene to relocate to the Oakwood area

The new venue “gives us exponentially more space, a larger storefront on Fifth Street, as well as more convenient parking for customers,” Smith said.

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“With this change, the project has been delayed to allow for updated architectural plans and possible historic tax credits.”

>> INITIAL COVERAGE: New bakery in the works on East Fifth Street in Dayton

If all goes well, construction would begin in June, with an opening perhaps as early as October, Smith said. 

“We're so excited about the new location for St. Anne the Tart and the possibilities that this new space provides beyond the day-to-day offerings as a bakery, coffeehouse and lunch spot,” she said.

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A native of Columbus, Smith operated a bakery in Lexington, Ky. prior to moving to Dayton nearly four years ago. When she announced her initial plans for opening the bakery, Smith said she was drawn to the historic district neighborhood east of downtown Dayton.

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“I love that area. I think St. Anne’s Hill is magical, and I want to be on the ground floor of all the good things that are happening there,” she said in early 2017. 

 >> Tank’s owner sheds light on recent changes: ‘Calm down. Don’t panic.’

SWEET NEWS: Candy shop that shut down at The Greene to relocate to the Oakwood area

A candy shop owner who launched her first storefront in a Kettering neighborhood and  later moved to The Greene Town Center is poised to take over an existing bakery and dessert shop on the Dayton-Oakwood border.

Both Karalee Parlin, owner of La Puf Sweets, and Justin Livingston, owner of Moore Dessert Please, announced on their respective businesses’ Facebook pages that Parlin will take over the dessert shop at 1003 Shroyer Road just inside Dayton’s southern border with Oakwood.

>> TODAY: 11 new restaurants coming soon that we can’t WAIT to try 

The candy shop will formally transition to La Puf Sweets Bakery & Candy by the end of May, according to Livingston, who earlier this month opened Scratch Bakery by Justin Tyler (“Tyler” is Livingston’s middle name) in Livingston’s hometown of Tipp City. Parlin said the new La Puf bakery will open in June.

>> Your complete guide to May’s First Friday event in downtown Dayton

Here’s what Livingston said about the sale of the bakery that he purchased nearly three years ago and which was founded in May 2012 by Brittany Moore and her mother Tina.

“When I made the decision to purchase the bakery at the young age of 21, I knew I had big plans for the shop. I wanted to be known for more than just cupcakes. Within my first year, so many people came to love everything that I had created and brought to MDP.” 

>> Dayton bakery owner to open second location in Miami County

“I had to pinch myself to make sure it wasn’t all a dream. It wasn’t. I’ve had the time of my life creating so much sweetness for you guys. Along the way, I’ve made so many wonderful friendships that I’ll cherish for a lifetime. It always felt as if my customers were friends and even family, now that’s a real blessing and I’m forever grateful.”

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“I’m so excited to pass off my labor of love, Moore Dessert Please, to Karalee, owner of La Puf Sweets Bakery & Candy. Not only is she a dear friend and someone that I consider family, I’m confident that I will be leaving each of you in good hands. She and her family will continue to provide sweetness for many years to come.”

>> PREVIOUS COVERAGE: New candy shop in Kettering to host grand opening next week

Parlin told this news outlet that she will expand her offerings beyond candy to include bakery items. She posted on her La Puf Sweets Facebook page that the new bakery is “literally like a dream come true for us.”

“Justin and I have been on one crazy journey together. He went from being an acquaintance, to my friend, to my mentor and now he's turned into family. It's crazy where life takes you and what people it brings into your life. It's been a roller-coaster of emotions for us, and I'm thankful for every moment.” 

>> New candy store at The Greene hosting grand opening, giveaways

 “So what does this mean... we will still be bringing you all the deliciousness that Justin at MDP has brought to you over the years, but with our unique and whimsical spin. We will bringing you delicious cupcakes, gourmet marshmallows, candy apples, petite desserts, dessert cakes and so much more! 

“We of course will still be doing our cotton candy and catering. This means the candy buffets just got even more sweet! Along with candy you'll be able to add a large assortment of petite desserts. ...”

>> Tank’s owner sheds light on recent changes: ‘Calm down. Don’t panic.’

“The Greene was such an amazing experience and I wouldn't change it for the world! I met so many amazing people and learned a lot in the short amount of time we were there. We have finally found our forever home back in Dayton and can't wait to see you all again.”


Railroads offering new hires up to $25K in signing bonuses, report says

Want to work on the railroad? If so, you could get your bank account on the right track with a massive bonus.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Texas-based BNSF (Burlington Northern Santa Fe) Railway and Nebraska-based Union Pacific Corp. are trying to attract new employees by offering as much as $25,000 in signing bonuses.

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The news comes "as the freight railroads struggle to fill jobs in a historically tight labor market," the Journal reported.

"Freight volumes are rising on strong economic growth and industrial expansion, and a shortage of available truck capacity is pushing more shipments onto rails," the report continued.

Check out the railroads' job listings here or here.

Read the complete Wall Street Journal story here.

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