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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.

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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.

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.

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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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Oregon District restaurant rising from fire and readying for brand new chapter

An Oregon District businesses woman is fighting the uncertainty her business is facing after damage from a fire with food.

Margot Blondet, the owner of Salar Restaurant and Lounge at 400 E. Fifth St., is planning a three-part chef’s dinner at her home to help support the business and its plan to reopen.

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Blondet has been working to reopen Salar since a devastating New Year’s Eve weekend fire. 

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WHY HAVE DINNERS?

She has made progress, but the business will remain closed for months to come as the restaurant and its building are remodeled and permits are obtained.

“It can be June or July, but what happens if it’s August?” Blondet said. “We are doing these events to survive.  I am hoping that we don’t need more.”

The restaurant has insurance, but financial pressures are often exacerbated the longer a business is closed. 

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ABOUT THE DINNERS

Margot is hosting a series of three pop-up dinners at her home May 19 and June 9 and 23. 

Seating is limited to 35 people for each of the five-course meals. The cost for each meal each date is $99. 

Guests will be able to sample and rate dishes that may appear on Salar’s menu when it returns. 

Blondet, who recently returned from a trip to her hometown Lima, Peru, said some Salar favorites will also be served. 

She said she is thankful for the support the community has shown to her and her staff. 

“They are so excited to see us and to eat the food,” Blondet said. “People are waiting. We are too.”

THE NEW SALAR

Diners can expect an entire new look to the restaurant  Blondet, a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in Lima, Peru, opened Salar in 2013 at the former site of Sidebar.

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Blondet was Sidebar’s executive chef.

Blondet is again working with industrial designer Mitch Perry on Salar’s new, lighter and softer look for the restaurant and its patios.

 “We are saying bye to the black,” she said. “It is going to be so pretty.” 

Changes have already been made to the bar area, floor and other parts of the restaurant. 

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The DAMAGE DONE AND WORK AHEAD 

A fire door installed by Blondet prevented more serious fire damage to the front of the restaurant, but the smell of smoke damage lingered particularly in the restaurant’s back lounge  during this news organization’s recent visit to Salar.

Blondet said the smell will be removed. 

Several areas — the kitchen and a former office space included — are still without electricity. 

A prep and a pantry, an area where Blondet suspects the blaze began between floors, still needs significant repairs. 

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About a half-dozen businesses were impacted by the fire Friday, Dec. 29, 2017. 

Spice Paradise and Hicks Barber Shop and Shave Parlor are among those that have already reopened. 

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EVA CHRISTIAN: Divided Ohio Supreme Court keeps imprisoned restaurant owner’s appeal alive

By the narrowest of margins, the Ohio Supreme Court has agreed to take another look — its fourth, in total — at the long-running case of former Dayton restaurant owner and current prison inmate Eva Christian, whose criminal case has spent more than seven years in the judicial system.

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Christian — who owned and operated Cafe Boulevard (later Boulevard Haus) in Dayton’s Oregon District for 15 years — has spent nearly six years in the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville of her nine-year sentence for multiple felony and misdemeanor convictions related to insurance fraud.

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The legal issue that the supreme court has agreed to hear could potentially shave one year from Christian’s nine-year sentence, moving up her release date from its current May 8, 2021 to no later than May of 2020. 

Montgomery County prosecutors brought charges against Christian in 2011, gained a conviction in 2012, and have worked to uphold the conviction and its full nine-year sentence ever since during a long and circuitous appeals process.

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Earlier this year, prosecutors urged the state’s highest court to re-examine the decision handed down late last year by a three-judge panel of the Ohio 2nd District Court of Appeals that would effectively shorten Christian’s sentence from nine years to a maximum of eight years.

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Prosecutors claimed the precedent that the appeals court decision set could have widespread impact on other cases. “The court of appeals has created bad law that could adversely affect numerous re-sentencing hearings,” Assistant Montgomery County Prosecutor Heather Jans wrote in the appeal.

Their arguments were successful on convincing the state’s highest court to take another look — but just barely. Online state records show that the vote to accept the case for review was 4 to 3.

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The criminal case involved break-ins and a 2009 fire that Christian reported and which prosecutors said were staged in order to collect insurance money: a break-in at her Washington Twp. home and a reported vandalism and fire at what was then her second restaurant, Cena Brazilian Steakhouse in front of the Dayton Mall in Miami Twp.

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A jury convicted Christian in 2012 of five counts related to insurance fraud, filing a false report and running a crime ring. Since then, her appeals have bounced among the court of appeals, the state supreme court and the trial court.

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In the most recent appeals-court decision, judges ruled that Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Barbara P. Gorman exceeded her authority when she re-imposed the full, original nine-year sentence to Christian after the severity of some of the five felony charges on which Christian was convicted was reduced on appeal. Prosecutors had argued that the judge was well within her sentencing rights and had urged appeals-court judges to keep Christian’s nine-year sentence intact.

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The former restaurant owner is scheduled to be re-sentenced by Judge Gorman in January. The prosecutor’s latest appeal has no immediate impact on the re-sentencing hearing, a spokesman for the prosecutor’s office told this news outlet.

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“The trial court must still follow the mandate of the Ohio 2nd District Court of Appeals,” the spokesman said. “The trial court could (postpone) the sentencing until a decision is made by the Supreme Court, but it is not required to do so.”

‘Secret’ Dayton restaurant now delivering piping hot, golden-crusted empanadas 

You can now get (or will soon be able to get) piping hot, golden-crusted empanadas delivered to you.

The owners of La Embajada Underground, an Argentinean-style eatery that offers “secret dining,” have launched an empanada delivery service for the Miamisburg, Centerville, West Carrollton, Kettering and Oakwood areas. 

The company recently purchased a food trailer specifically for empanadas and expects to use it to expand its delivery service to the rest of Montgomery County in a few months. 

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“I know we are going to be the place to come for empanadas,” Monica Fabregat, who owns La Embajada with her husband Jorge, told this news organization.  

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The couple has been in communication with fans who have eaten at their restaurant or eaten their empanadas at local farmers markets where they operated as La Embajada. 

Fabregat said there is a minimum purchase of a half-dozen empanadas for delivery and a $3 delivery fee. Six  empanadas cost $12. 

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Restaurants in Argentina sell up to 15 types of empanadas, said Fabregat, a native of Buenos Aires.

Her restaurant sells seven including beef, chicken, spinach, vegan spinach, soy beef, corn and a German-style blood sausage empanada. 

Jorge is perfecting a spicy empanada and one made with seafood, she said. 

Varieties are ordered in sets of three.

Customers will be able to place orders through La Embajada Underground’s Facebook page. 

Fabregat said a menu and order button will soon be added to the page. Right now, direct message the business on Facebook to inquire about delivery.

Iconic restaurant near Ohio State closing after nearly 80 years 

One of the state’s most well-known hangouts announced it is closing its doors permanently. 

The Blue Danube Restaurant, a tavern opened 78 years ago at 2439 N. High St. near Ohio State University, announced on Facebook that its last day in business will be Father’s Day, June 17. 

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The establishment, known as the Dube, posted the following on Facebook on Monday: 

“There is no easy way to break the news, but the time has come. After 78 years of service, the Blue Danube will be closing its doors. The official last day of operation is set to be June 17th. Those of us that work there would like to thank everyone for allowing us to provide such a comfortable meeting space for so many. We've loved being a part of your lives from the everyday mundane to the most life changing of moments. Thank you for coming to us with your engagements, your celebrations, your goodbyes, your need for safety, or even just to hang with people and decompress. The Dube family will be hanging in there until the end, and will be welcoming back some familiar faces to work some rockstar shifts in order to ensure everyone has time to say their goodbyes. Please feel free to share your thoughts and memories with us. We would love to hear them! Join us in celebrating The Dube and all of the shenanigans it's been a part of.”

According to a Columbus Dispatch report, the bar’s landlord plans a major renovation of the building that it occupies. 

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The Blue Danube serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

It is the latest locally-owned establishment to surrender as developers polish the commercial area near Ohio State’s campus and attract national chains with deeper pockets, the Dispatch reports.  

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Another change in store for this quaint Waynesville cafe starting TODAY

Starting today, Cobblestone Village Cafe in Waynesville is expanding its hours.

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Originally open Tuesday through Friday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the eatery will now be open 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Weekend hours will also change from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Kee Mo Sabe (Espresso and Gelato shop) and the gift shop will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday.

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3 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT COBBLESTONE CAFE

SUNDAY BRUNCH: The brunch menu changes weekly. May kicked off with a Kentucky Hot Brown, Lemon Blueberry Creme Crepes and the Denver Scramble.

COFFEE SHOP, GELATO AND GIFT SHOP ON SITE: The coffee shop has a partnership with Yield Coffee, a Cincinnati roaster that donates a portion of its profits to Amigos for Christ to foster sustainable development in Nicaragua. The gelato is housemade and organic.

HIKE/BIKE AND EAT: The cafe is located close to Caesars Creek and the Miami Valley Trail. Hiking shoes and bike helmets get you 10 percent off your Cobblestone order.

 

Want to go?

WHAT: Cobblestone Village Cafe

WHERE: 10 N. Main St., Waynesville

HOURS: Tuesday to Friday 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

INFO: Website | Facebook | Call 513-897-0021

Sip some of the finest local wines in one spot at new wine festival

Local wineries begrudgingly accustomed to being overshadowed by their brethren in the northern half of the state are eagerly anticipating their chance to shine at the first-ever Vintage Ohio South wine festival. 

The festival —scheduled for 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 12 inside a facility at the Clark County Fairgrounds in  Springfield — will include wineries and wines from all over the state. But it’s designed to showcase those wineries in the southern Ohio, according to organizers with the Ohio Wine Producers Association (OWPA), which is sponsoring the festival.

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Northern Ohio wineries, and especially those in the region northeast of Cleveland, capture most of the attention inside and outside Ohio, and understandably so, since they grow more wine grapes and pack in more wineries into a tourist-friendly region. But southern Ohio has a long winemaking tradition, a solid core of wineries, and a promising future, which might just start May 12. Several have signed up to pour their wines at the event.

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“We’ve never had a festival this close to us,” said Kelly Brandeberry, whose family operates Brandeberry Winery in southern Clark County between Enon and Yellow Springs. “A lot of people in this area just don’t go to Ohio wine festivals, so we’re looking forward to this one.”

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Donniella Winchell, executive director of the Ohio Wine Producers Association, says she’d like to turn Vintage Ohio South into an annual event.

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In northeast Ohio, the OWPA has offered the Vintage Ohio Wine Festival for 23 years. The wine producers association has sponsored a wine festival in the Dayton-Springfield region before, but it’s been a few years.

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From 2003-09, the wine producers association brought an annual Ohio wine festival to what was then the National City 2nd Street Market (now the Five Rivers MetroParks 2nd Street Market) in downtown Dayton. After a one-year hiatus, the OWPA brought an outdoor wine festival to the Boonshoft Museum that lasted a couple of years. Bad weather thwarted any chance for success at the outdoor events, but the Clark County Fairgrounds festival will be held indoors, rain or shine, for at least the first year, organizers said.

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Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. The deadline for purchasing tickets online is 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 4. The last chance to purchase tickets in advance (and save $5) is prior to 4:30 p.m. May 9. Phone orders will be accepted at (440) 466-4417. More information (and ticket links) can be found at this ohiowines.org web site

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The entrance fee includes a wine glass to take home, 12 wine sampling tickets, and a six-bottle carrier tote for taking bottles of wines home. Additional wine sampling tickets may be purchased for $5 for three tickets. Designated Driver tickets are available for $10 and includes four  complimentary sodas or waters.

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The event will include local craft artisans, restaurant vendors and food trucks, as well as live music, cooking demonstrations and wine-education events. Parking is free. For more information, call (440) 466-4417.

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Participating wineries include:

AR Winery, Arcanum 

Brandeberry Winery, Enon 

Caesar Creek Vineyard, Xenia 

Debonne Vineyards, Madison 

Hanover Winery, Hamilton 

Heineman's Winery, Put-in-Bay 

It's Your Winery, Medina 

Maize Valley Winery & Craft Brewery, Hartville 

Meier's Wine Cellars, Silverton 

Meranda-Nixon Winery, Ripley 

O'Bannon Creek Vineyard, Pleasant Plain 

Old Mason Winery & Vineyards, West Milton 

Olde Schoolhouse Vineyards, Eaton 

Plum Run Winery, Grove City 

The Winery at Versailles, Versailles 

Valley Vineyards, Morrow 

 

 

You’ll be able to get this AMAZING brunch menu all weekend long starting now

Wandering Griffin is tapping into people’s obsession with brunch on the weekends with a brand new menu and expanded brunch hours.

“Brunch is the best meal of the weekend, which also makes it the best meal of the week,” Brian Johnson, marketing director of Wandering Griffin, said in a press release. “With great cocktails from the bar and coffee drinks from our full service Wanderlust Coffee Bar, we’re set up pretty uniquely to be great at brunch.”

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Their new twice-a-week brunch menu is being served on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

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The new menu features ‘Chicken and Cakes’ with pancakes and fried chicken, the Griffin’s Platter classic breakfast plate, Biscuits and Gravy, crab cake benedict, brussel benedict, a fried egg BLT and the grit bowl.

“There are vegetarian and gluten free options too, so something for everyone to enjoy!” Johnson said.

LOCATION: 3725 Presidential Drive, Beavercreek

(937) 956-5216

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STARTS TODAY: Dayton BBQ restaurant invites customers to vote on their favorite wood smoke

A Dayton barbecue restaurant’s owner is doing some experimenting with his meat-smoking regimen and is inviting his customers to choose their favorites.

“May is National BBQ Month, and we will be doing a tour of Texas,” said James Nuñez, founder of Texas Beef & Cattle at 1101 W. Third St. in Dayton.

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All this month, Nuñez is smoking his beef brisket (and sometimes a few other random BBQ meats) with alternative wood-smoke combinations reflecting different regions of Texas and letting his customers choose their favorites.

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The restaurant’s signature South Texas-style smoke is based primarily (but not entirely) on mesquite. A Central Texas/Austin-area style of barbecue utilizes post oak, while North Texas uses some Pecan wood, and East Texas leans toward hickory.

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Each week, brisket will be smoked two ways, customers will be asked to name their favorite, and Nunez will keep a tally of the votes. Today, May 3, it’ll be the restaurant’s signature South Texas mesquite blend versus the Central Texas post oak smoke.

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During the final week of May, the customer favorite will be brought back for an encore, Nuñez said.

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Texas Beef & Cattle is open Thursdays 11-9, Friday and Saturday 11-10, and Sunday 1 to 5 (following a brunch from 10 to 1). 

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Nuñez, a Texas native, has been making barbecue for more than three decades and uses mesquite wood that comes from his family’s ranch.

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