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Beavercreek restaurant is open for business today after fire

A popular Beavercreek restaurant is back in business following a fire that triggered an evacuation. 

Mimi's Cafe  employee confirmed that the restaurant at The Greene, 4402 Walnut St., reopened this morning, just hours after a grease fire Wednesday night. 

>> Fire at Mimi’s Cafe at The Greene triggers evacuation, early closure for the night

That night, Beavercreek Twp. fire officials told this new organization employees quickly extinguished a kitchen fire, which was reported at the business, 4402 Walnut St., about 9:20 p.m.

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Get ready to say ‘aww’: How to meet ALL of these zoo babies this month only

They’ve been hard at work being babies and being cute. Now they’re ready to meet the public.

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It’s the 33rd year for the annual Zoo Babies celebration at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens. This year, four baby manatees named Miles, Daphne, Pippen and Matthew, a black rhino, a lowland gorilla and others can’t wait to meet their fans during the month of May.

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

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Now through May 31st, “6-foot-tall stork signs will mark the spots where babies, including baby hippo Fiona, can be found at the Zoo.” A complete list of all the Cincinnati zoo babies can found at cincinnatizoo.org.

“Baby animals are great ambassadors for their species,” said Thane Maynard, Cincinnati Zoo Director, in a press release. “Fiona has inspired people all over the globe to care about hippos and their native habitat in Africa. Many critically endangered species share that habitat, so increased awareness about the importance of protecting their home helps them all.”

>>Local brewery reveals big plans to relocate & expand

One of the best parts of the celebration is there is no additional charge to meet the Zoo Babies. The event is included with zoo admission.

WANT TO GO?

WHAT: Zoo Babies Celebration

WHEN: May 1- May 31

WHERE: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Cincinnati

INFO: cincinnatizoo.org

YOUR favorite brunch spots could be the perfect spots to take mom

It’s not breakfast. It’s not lunch. It’s brunch— and Dayton knows how to do it right.

With so many mouthwatering options to choose from, it’s hard to pick favorites. That’s why we asked you to do the dirty work for us, and you obliged. 

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Whether because of an over-easy egg cooked to perfection and running over a fresh English muffin, or a Bloody Mary that’s best served at 11 a.m., these are the restaurants Dayton can’t stop brunching at. 

>>Best of Dayton 2017 Winners: Culture, Music & Entertainment

In order, these are your favorites and the winners of the 2017 Best of Dayton Best Brunches.

>> THE BEST MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCHES IN DAYTON

Dublin Pub

300 Wayne Ave., Dayton

We admit, we might’ve looked over Dublin Pub’s brunch potential. Thankfully our readers were quick to point out the bliss that is the beloved Pub fries making a perfect brunch choice. Of course, paired with a Guinness makes everything better.

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The Pub is so serious about pleasing their brunch crowd, that they have a “Dublin Pub Sunday Carvery and Brunch” buffet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the buffet features farm fresh scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries, fresh fruit, biscuits, house made sausage gravy, made to order omelettes, carving station with assorted entrees, salads, side items and desserts

>>Where to get Dayton’s favorite ooey-gooey fries

Lily’s Bistro 

329 E. 5th St., Dayton

Lily’s is as cute as brunch gets. Not only can their food do no wrong. The atmosphere in Lily’s is charming and warm. 

If we were to guess why Lily’s was Dayton’s second pick for the best brunch spots, it probably is because of items on their brunch menu like pork belly Benedict and vegan coconut milk porridge. Lily’s updates their menu daily to always have fresh seasonal items, as well as to locally source as many of their ingredients as possible.

>>Best of Dayton 2017 Winners: Shopping & Services

Meadowlark 

5531 Far Hills Ave., Dayton

One thing is for certain: Meadowlark takes no shortcuts. 

Items like their newest addition, the salmon burger, spiked with fresh ginger and soy sauce and “seared to a crusty exterior and a moist interior” is an example of Meadowlark’s attention to fine food detail. They then dress it with a toasted kaiser roll slathered with spicy mayo and pile it with a radishy, sesame-lime slaw. Brunch is served.

>>Best of Dayton 2017 Winners: Outdoor, Lifestyles & Recreation

JUST IN: Local brewery reveals big plans to relocate & expand

A Dayton-area brewery has submitted plans to move to a much larger space down the street, and if all goes well, will offer food prepared in its own kitchens and twice as many beers from its taps.

>>PHOTOS: Dayton's must-try craft beers

Neil Chabut has submitted plans to the city of Kettering’s Planning Commission to move the brewery he founded, Eudora Brewing Company, from its current location at 4716 Wilmington Pike to 3022 Wilmington Pike, just south of East Dorothy Lane. The space previously housed a roofing supplies company, and, before that, operated for several years as a Pep Boys auto shop.

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

The project is in its early phases, and still must navigate zoning and permit issues. Chabut told this news outlet today, Wednesday, May 2, that the projected cost of the project will reach about $1.4 million, to be financed through a combination of private investors and a Small Business Administration Loan on which he has not yet closed.

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

But Chabut said the new site will be a perfect fit for his brewery and its growth needs. And if all goes well, construction would last four to five months, and the new brewery could open as early as this fall.

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“It’s the next step for us — we’re out of space where we are now, that’s for sure,” Chabut said. “I can’t make beer fast enough.”

>> Kettering brewery invites customers to brew their own beer (March 2014)

The new 20,000-square-foot space would allow Eudora to seat between 100 and 150 in its tap room and to at least double the number of taps from 10 to 20 or 24, Chabut said. It will have a kitchen, and plans call for serving a menu of sandwiches, salads and other casual fare.

The brewery will also be able to expand its customer-brewing capacity and to offer a conference room and other special-events spaces, the Eudora owner said. 

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

Eudora will step up its distribution of kegs to bars and restaurants, but has no immediate plans to start canning or bottling for widespread retail distribution. 

“The retail market is saturated right now with craft beer, so we want to wait and see how that shakes out,” Chabut said.

>> PHOTOS: Did we spot you at the DVAC Art Auction this weekend?

The 2007 Fairmont High School and 2011 University of Dayton graduate said staying in Kettering was an important consideration in searching for a new location for the brewery he founded in late 2013.

“I love Kettering. I grew up here, and I didn’t want to go anywhere else. I want to support this community. And I’m glad we found this space.” 

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The proposal for a new brewery is on the Kettering Planning Commission’s agenda on Monday, May 7, for potential approval of a conditional-use permit.

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

The new owner of a much-beloved downtown business says she is keeping the “sass” the store has been known to carry in abundance.

Sandy Van Fleet said she bought Agnes & Orson from three co-owners of Square One Salon and Spa because she liked that sass and nearly everything else about the store at located at 514 E. Third St. 

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It was a fast romance. 

Van Fleet, a former stay-at-home mom and community volunteer, started working at the shop in December. 

She bought it in February. 

“(Co-owner Josh Stucky) told me they were thinking about it, and I said ‘hmmmmm,’” Van Fleet recalled. 

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The stars aligned.

Van Fleet had spent about a decade thinking about opening her own store.  

“It just seemed fun. I love downtown. I love the vibe in here (Agnes & Orson),” she said. “It’s what I like. It is why I wanted to work here. There are nice gifts for just about anybody, including your dog. There are candles and sassy cards.”

Van Fleet has made only a handful of changes since buying the business Stucky, Misty Wells and Canaan Good opened in 2015 at 1132 Brown St. 

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Citing the need for more room due to the shop’s growth, the trio moved the store to its current location in early 2017.  

>> Agnes & Orson relocating downtown  (Jan 4, 2017)

Over time, Wells said running the store became too time consuming. 

“We needed quality of life again,” she said. “We had so many things going on in our lives that we could not devote the time that the store needed.”

Wells said she and Good were stretched working on the store and Square One. Stucky is involved in numerous community boards and organizations. 

“It opened our eyes to a lot of new things,” she said of running a retail store. “It is a baby that needs to be nurtured.”

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With her two adults now out of the house, Van Fleet said she has time to devote to Agnes & Orson. 

The shop carries several locally produced items including jewelry, artwork, Lindy’s Bakery dog treats and well as items that promote inclusion of people from the LGBT community such as whimsical T-shirts, glasses and mugs. 

“It’s a fun shop. It has a lot of stuff. It is always changing,” she said.

>> Why is this Centerville bakery giving away free cupcakes? 

Brunch Club owner says fire damage more extensive than first thought. When will the restaurant reopen?

The owner of a popular Dayton restaurant said damage caused by a recent fire was more severe than what was originally thought.

Jim Vari said it might take two to three more weeks before he can reopen the Brunch Club, the popular diner at 601 South Main St. downtown.

>> Kitchen fire will close Brunch Club restaurant until weekend, owner says

The restaurant has been closed since an early morning kitchen fire on April 20. 

No customers were in the business when the fire started and no one was physically injured. 

>> When does Salar expect to reopen? 

Vari initially thought the restaurant would be closed only a few days to clean up debris left when the restaurant’s fire suppression system activated. 

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 “It has turned out to be more extensive than we thought,” Vari, the restaurant’s owner 11 years, said.  “It (the fire) pretty much fried the electrical system.  We original thought we could get it cleaned up and ready to go.”

The site was the location of the Breakfast Club before Vari took it over as the Brunch Club.

Instead, Vari said his 14 employees have been waiting for repairs to be made before they can return to work.

Much of the damage had been contained to the kitchen. Smoke damage to the dinning area has already been resolved. 

>> Oregon District businesses are bouncing back after devastating blaze 

He said the restaurant will get a new kitchen. 

“It will be all great when it is done, but in the meantime it is not fun,” he said. 

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“We are actually quite fortunate that no one got hurt. This could all be fixed.” 

Vari said his customers have been supportive. 

“I’ve talked to a lot of them and people have been posting stuff on Facebook,” he said.  Hopefully we will be back here better than ever hopefully in the next three weeks or so.”  

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5 ways to enjoy the gorgeous weather during a busy work week 

No more wishing for warm weather. It’s officially here! 

This week’s weather forecast brought to you by our weather partners at WHIO weather calls for temperatures in the mid 70s and mostly clear skies. There’s no weekday schedule too busy to enjoy spring weather as nice as that. Dayton has plenty of perfect ways to fit some time outdoors and sunshine between obligations. 

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Here are 5 ways to make the most of this week’s beautiful weather: 

☀️1. Take your lunch break outdoors

Instead of spending your precious lunch break in a dreary cafeteria or office cubicle, make time to head to the Oregon District for a quick meal outside. Check out our official “Dayton patio guide” for some ideas and inspiration. After all, food tastes better with the sun warming your cheeks. 

The Square Is Where returns for the season starting Tuesday, May 1. If you work downtown or close to downtown, this is the perfect way to put a little sunshine in your day. This free lunchtime entertainment takes place weekdays on Courthouse Square. From trivia to live music to giant outdoor games, it’s a hot spot for lunch. Programming takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays through Fridays May 1 through Sept. 28.

>>The best patios in and around Dayton

☀️2. Take a walk at Cox Arboretum or another scenic park

Whether you only have time for a midday walk, or you want to wrap up your day while going for a long hike with your dog, Dayton has more than a few options. The flowers are in full spring mode and the temperatures will finally be perfect for breaking out the shorts from your closet. 

Refer to our best trails to hike in the spring guide, or visit our best hiking trails guide to discover new ideas for a weekday walk. 

>>6 of the best Dayton trails to hike in the spring

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☀️3. Take an after-work bike ride

Everyone knows about the scenic bike path that follows our Great Miami River, passing through Riverscape MetroPark. However, Dayton has many other bike paths you could hop on and feel the spring breeze on your face. 

Check out our ‘bike trail guide’ to find a bike path that you could enjoy close to your office or home during the week. 

>>The 5 best Miami Valley bike trails

☀️4. Stretch out your green thumb

Nice weather is a perfect excuse to spruce up your living space with fresh greenery. A trip to the closest greenhouse could take less than an hour, so your home could feel more welcoming in no time. We’ve conveniently listed some of our favorite greenhouses for you to visit in the area in our Dayton greenhouse guide. 

>>4 Dayton greenhouses to turn your space from drab to fab

☀️5. Make it a movie night Tuesday at The Neon

Dayton’s favorite independent movie theater, The Neon, offers $5.50 ticket prices every Tuesday. Tuesday’s temperature is looking like a high of 78 degrees, so it’s a perfect for an evening for walking around the Oregon District and grabbing a few drinks before or after a show. 

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

The owner of an iconic Dayton restaurant said she wants everyone to take a breath. 

Debra Tankersley said she is not closing Tank’s Bar and Grill despite public speculation sparked by newly reduced hours. 

MORE: Tank’s Bar and Grill slashing some late-night hours; customers react

In fact, Tankersley, the widow of Tank’s founder Dan “Tank” Tankersley, said she has spent $25,000 on improvements over the last two years and plans to make more including a new front door in the style of the existing one. 

 “I want Dayton to calm down. Don’t panic,” she said.

Tankersley said Tank’s will be around for years and years and years to come and appreciates her customers’ passion. 

WHAT’S NEW OR COMING SOON

The restaurant just launched a new interactive website to replace its old antiquated  one and will soon roll out a mobile app that will allow customers to place orders. 

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“I am hoping it makes it easy for people to get on our website and see our real menu,” she said. 

Since it opened in 1987 in the former home of Walnut Hills Bar, Tank’s has become an iconic Dayton institution.

Tankersley announced on Facebook Saturday that the restaurant is reducing the hours it is open. 

Some took it as a sign that the restaurant would close. 

Tankersley said nothing could be farther from the truth. 

She said she simply could not justify keeping the restaurant open late nights every night because business is often too slow.  

The restaurant — which serves dinner, lunch and all-day breakfast — had been open 7 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. daily for many years. 

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 In October, Tank’s announced it would close at 1 a.m., and its kitchen would close at midnight on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Its hours Wednesday through Saturday remained the same, with the bar closing at 2:30 a.m. and the kitchen at 2 a.m. 

Starting Monday, the hours were changed to the following:  

Sunday through Thursday — 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (the bar will close at 11 p.m.) 

Friday and Saturday — 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday (the bar will close at 2 a.m.)

Tankersley said she is sensitive to the needs of customers who would eat at the restaurant late nights, including those who work in the theater community, second shift workers  and restaurant workers. 

She and her 48-member staff are planning to hold special late nights to help accommodate their needs. 

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The reduced hours were out of necessity, Tankersley said. 

“They (customers) can still can get their Tank’s fix,” she said.  But I can’t stay open every day hoping they will be coming in to get their Tank’s fix.” 

Where to get a free pretzel on National Pretzel Day

What better way to celebrate National Pretzel Day than with a free soft pretzel? 

>> You HAVE to try Oregon Express’s jumbo pretzel snack

Two local bakeries are dishing out the sweet and salty treats for no cost today only.

>> Meet Emma Smales, fifth-generation owner of Smales Pretzel Bakery in Dayton

Smales Pretzel Bakery, at 210 Xenia Ave. in Dayton, is giving away a free soft pretzel to every person that comes today. No purchase necessary. 

>> Smales upgraded their bakery with a $35k pretzel machine in 2016, what this means for the business

Smales Pretzels Bakery is a fifth-generation family owned bakery. The business was founded by owner Emma Smales’ German-born great-great grandfather Rudie Schaaf in 1895, and was later refined by his daughter (for whom she is named).

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>> Check out the Beavercreek pizza joint that’s rolling up delicious dessert pretzels 

Great-grandmother Emma was about 28 when she took over the business from her dad -- no small thing for a woman of the time.

“That was kind of a big feat for a woman in the 1920s,” Emma Smales said of her forbearer. “She changed the name and made it what it was.”

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>> New chain pretzel shop coming to The Greene

Philly Pretzels, located at 1063 S. Main St. in Centerville, is also giving out piping hot pretzels at no cost in Centerville today.

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While their pretzels are not free, Auntie Anne’s pretzel shop at the Dayton Mall is offering a special deal for National Pretzel Day today.

>>COMING SOON: Auntie Anne’s to open another location at The Greene

They’ll be donating 100% of their proceeds to Dayton Children’s Hospital. So even though you still have to pay for your pretzel, you can rest assured it’s going to a good cause!

 

Do you know of another National Pretzel Day deal? Let me know at alex.perry@coxinc.com.

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