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BREAKING NEWS: Dayton restaurant closes after less than 2 years 

A Dayton restaurant celebrated for its chicken wings has closed one of its two Dayton locations. 

Paradise Key Cafe, 1060 Patterson Road in the Breitenstrater Plaza, has closed permanently. 

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A Facebook post from the restaurant’s chief executive officer Jennifer Lynn Jones reads as follows: 

“Public Announcement - With a heavy heart, I am sorry to announce that Paradise in Kettering has closed its doors due to under performance. When we took over, we had hoped to bring the party to this location, but we just couldn't quite get it to where it needed to be. I will miss every one of you deeply with all the laughs and good times and I hope that you will stop in, if not become a regular at our North Store which is still open. Who knows? Maybe we all can create better and more memories together there. Thank you to every one of you for being so loyal to us through all the troubles and I hope that you all will keep us in your hearts as I will surely keep you in mine.”

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The owners of the original Paradise Key Cafe located at 3243 Needmore Road in Dayton began transforming the Patterson Road location into Paradise Key Cafe South from Cold Beer and Cheeseburgers in late 2016. 

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A message was left for management at the Needmore Road location seeking comment. 

Paradise Key’s original location is a former winner of the Miami Valley Restaurant Association’s Kickin’ Chicken Wing Festival at the Fraze.

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The 4 best parts of the 40th annual Taste of Cincinnati — and some have nothing to do with the food

As the Taste of Cincinnati enters its 40th year, organizers work per usual to keep the event new while also retaining those popular elements that keep hungry Cincinnatians returning.

See below for what’s new at the Taste along with reassurances that your favorite parts aren’t going anywhere.

1. Music Bash

Apparently, 45 live musical acts on five stages is not enough. To ensure Taste-goers have more live music than they know what to do with, organizers are inaugurating a special, separate “Music Bash.” The lineup is The B-52s (“Love Shack”), Rick Springfield (“Jesse’s Girl”), and Loverboy (“Working for the Weekend,” “Lovin’ Every Minute of It.”) The Bash will take place on May 27 at 5 p.m. at the Sentinel Street entrance onto 5th St. Tickets are $29.99.

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2. New to the Taste

While food vendors at the Taste can fluctuate wildly from year to year, organizers say it’s slowed down a bit for 2018, allowing for a bit of continuity. That being said, there will be seven brand-new vendors offering their delicacies at the Taste this year. They are: Bridges (Nepalese), Dewey’s Pizza (craft pizzas, calzones, and salads), Quite Frankly (homemade beef franks and specialty sandwiches), Rovey’s Turkey (turkey burgers, sandwiches, dogs, and tacos), S.E.A. Cuisine Food Truck (Southeast Asian tacos, steak, sandwiches, rice, and salads), Sis’s on Monmouth (American comfort food), and Slice, Slice Baby (pizzas, calzones, and Italian subs).

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3. Best of Taste

About a month before the Taste, mystery judges visited the upcoming vendors and handed out awards for best dishes in various categories. Alfio’s Buon Cibo, an Italian eatery, did particularly well, winning first place both for Best Restaurant Dessert (chocolate raspberry tiramisu), and Best Restaurant Entrée (veal short rib ravioli). Other first-place winners include Island Frydays for their jerk chicken pasta (Best Appetizer), Tickle Pickle for their mac and cheese with crushed BBQ grippos (Best Soup-Salad Side), and the Silver Ladle for their Silver Ladle Salad (Restaurant Best GoVibrant!). GoVibrant! items are those who meet the American Heart Association’s standards for low fat, cholesterol, and sodium.

Food trucks also got into the Best of Taste action. Adena’s Beefstroll cleaned up with their Ma’s meatball sub (Food Truck Best Entrée) and The Stroll (Best Food Truck Appetizer). Other winners include Packhouse for their jalapeno mac and cheese (Best Food Truck Soup-Salad Side), streetpops for their pineapple passionfruit streetpop (Best Food Truck GoVibrant!), and SugarSnap! for their “Make It A Sundae” Brownie (Best Food Truck Dessert).

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4. Other Highlights

As if there wasn’t enough food, courtesy of Findlay Market, there will actually be a “Taste within the Taste.” Over 20 vendors – some from Findlay Market, others “foodpreneurs” from Findlay Kitchen, will provide the Taste of Findlay Market, a diverse grouping of “bites” that will be available all weekend.

Students from the Art of the Piano Festival, otherwise known as the classical “rock stars” of today and tomorrow, will perform on the main stage on May 26 at noon.

The Cincinnati Pops Poptet, the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra’s rhythm ensemble, will perform a series of standards and showtunes on the main stage on May 27 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Last but certainly not least, local media celebrities will compete in the annual soapbox GoVibrant! Veggie Races on May 25 from noon-1 p.m.

WANT TO GO?

What: Taste of Cincinnati

When: May 26-28

Where: Fifth St., downtown Cincinnati

Cost: No admission cost

More Info: www.tasteofcincinnati.com

Your guide to the best hidden gem ice cream shops around Dayton

The weather is finally hot enough for us to enjoy a frozen treat. 

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If you’re anything like me, the family-owned dairy joints with decades of loyal patrons are always my go-to. There’s just something about those quaint shops with tried-and-true flavors and concoctions that have garnered decades of fans. Here’s a guide to treating yourself with the area’s most loved, best kept secrets in frozen treats. 

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🍦 Ducky’s Snowballs & Ice Cream 

WHERE: 100 W. Market St., Troy

WHY WE LOVE IT: Since 2015, Ducky’s has been a summertime beacon in Troy, serving up 16 flavors of Hershey’s ice cream, soft serve and snowballs (flavored shaved ice), which combine shaved ice with soft-serve ice cream. Looking for something super sweet? Try the stuffed snowball challenge (and send us photos). Oh, they also have Jim’s Donuts filled with ice cream. Yes, they sure do!

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HOURS: Mon.-Thurs. 3 to 9 p.m., Fri. 3 to 10 p.m., Sat. 2 to 10 p.m., Sun. 1 to 9 p.m.

INFO: Call 937-703-5463 | Facebook

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🍦Arrow Queen

WHERE: 431 N. Main St., New Carlisle

WHY WE LOVE IT: Tucked back on North Main Street in quaint New Carlisle, this spot has been serving ice cream, soft serve and concession-style food since 1970. From classics like banana split to zany new flavors (we’re looking at you, unicorn flavor!), there’s something for everyone. Their butcher shop hot dogs are a must try, too.

HOURS: Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sat. 12 to 9 p.m., Sun. 1 to 9 p.m.

INFO: Call 937-845-9979 | Facebook

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🍦Dairy Shed

WHERE: 55 Bellbrook Plaza, Bellbrook

WHY WE LOVE IT:  For over 40 years, this local favorite in the heart of Bellbrook has treated sweet teeth with their tasty frozen yogurt, shakes, malts and ice cream. They announce new yogurt flavors on Facebook regularly, so keep an eye out for something you want to try. 

HOURS: Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sun. 1 to 9 p.m.

INFO: Call 937-848-8234 | Facebook

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🍦Jet Freeze

WHERE: 4014 E. Patterson Blvd., Beavercreek

WHY WE LOVE IT: A quick peek at the Facebook reviews will show you most patrons have been visiting this ice cream shop since they were a kid -- so you know it must be good. Their soft serve is an absolute must-try, with unique flavors like blueberry and classics like chocolate.

HOURS: Mon.-Sun. 12 to 9 p.m.

INFO: Call 937-848-8234 | Facebook

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🍦Kone Korner Ice Cream & Deli

WHERE: 3709 St. Paris Pike, Springfield

WHY WE LOVE IT: This family-run spot has the best of both worlds: ice cream and sandwiches. From their Facebook page, you can see their cyclones, funnel cake fries and foot-long coneys are MUST tries.

HOURS: Mon.-Sun. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

INFO: Call 937-390-2663 | Facebook

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🍦Lee Ann’s Dairy Delight

WHERE: 619 E. High St., Springfield

WHY WE LOVE IT: Serving up frozen treats and made to order food, this spot beckons for summer nights. A few Facebook reviewers noted their banana splits are out of this world — and for the price, the menu delivers big time.

HOURS: Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

INFO: Call 937-561-4475 | Facebook

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🍦Airline Dairy Creme

WHERE: 224 N. Dixie Drive, Vandalia

WHY WE LOVE IT: Another staple in the summer, this spot has been around for ages. As one Facebook reviewer put it: “Soft pretzels and ice cream at the same place. What more do you need?’ Trust us, try the peanut butter shake.

HOURS: Mon.-Sun. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

INFO: 937-898-3100 | Facebook

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🍦The Dairy Station

WHERE: 704 N. Detroit St., Xenia

WHY WE LOVE IT: Conveniently located near the bike trail in Xenia, this stop has a ton of flavors and options to satisfy your taste for ice cream. There are plenty of gluten-free options including the Dole whip (which has glowing reviews online). Give their twisted soft serve cones a try, and you’ll soon see what the hype is about. 

HOURS: Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sun. 12 to 9 p.m.

INFO: Call 937-372-1100 | Facebook

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🍦Twist Ice Cream Company

WHERE: 7813 Bethany Rd., Liberty Township

WHY WE LOVE IT: These guys don’t skimp on variety or flavor. Reviewers noted their caramel sundae and weekly flavors never fail. We’ve been told they also make animals out of their ice cream, which has us super intrigued. Keep in mind, it’s cash only.

HOURS: Mon.-Fri. 3:30 to 9 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 12 to 9:30 p.m.

INFO: Call 513-777-7813 | Facebook

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Honorable mentions: Jubie’s Creamery (opening soon in Fairborn) and Sweet P’s (located at the 2nd St. Market). 

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What’s your favorite ice cream shop? We’d love to know! Email alex.perry@coxinc.com

Dayton chef opening her home for out-of-this-world dining experience 

Diners will have a chance to taste some of the flavors to be featured at an Oregon District restaurant before it reopens. 

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, a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in Lima, Peru, 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 is $99. 

Those interested in tickets should send an email to gmsalarrestaurant@gmail.com. 

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 Lima, said some Salar favorites will also be served. 

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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.”

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

She hopes to reopen the restaurant this summer. 

Puppies to party on Oregon District restaurant's patio

Pooches like patio time, too.

Lily’s Bistro, 329 E Fifth St. in Dayton’s Oregon District,  is giving  people a shot to party on its patio with their pooches. 

The restaurant’s next Patio Puppies event will be held from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, May 17.

Emily Mendenhall, Lily’s general manager and co-owner, said she’s more of a cat person, but she get barking excited about dogs, too.

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Lily’s is partnering with SICSA Pet Adoption Center which will have representatives and dogs on site.

Ten percent of proceeds will be donated to SICSA.  

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The event will be held on the restaurant’s sidewalk patio and feature themed happy hour drink and dinner specials for people and cinnamon roll gourmet dog treats for the pooches.

“We always say we welcome well-behaved dogs on the sidewalk patio,” Mendenhall said. “We have a lot of staff that have dogs and a lot of our customers have dogs.” The restaurant also has events for cats. 

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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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4 Dayton brunch spots STILL taking reservations for Mother’s Day

Time is winding down on making Mother’s Day brunch reservations— so for the love of your mamma, hop to it! 

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Restaurants requiring reservations are filling up fast, and you know your mom deserves the best. Here are 3 restaurants in Dayton that still have spots available, but you’ll neYour Mother’s Day weekend forecast: Plan the perfect day for your favorite moms (and avoid the rain)ed to call and make reservations  ASAP if you still want to brunch there on Sunday:

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ROOST EVENTS MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH

580 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering

937-222-3100

The brunch buffet menu for Roost Events Mother’s Day brunch is plentiful and classic. With Belgian waffles, eggs benedict bruschetta, shrimp cocktail, honey glazed ham and more, there’s something for everyone. 

WHEN: Sunday, May 13, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

COST: $36 (plus tax and gratuity) per adult, $15 for children ages 5-10 and free for ages 5 and younger. 

Call for reservations.

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CARVERS STEAKS AND CHOPS MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH

1535 Miamisburg Centerville Road, Dayton

937-433-7099

A special Mother’s Day brunch menu will be served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., followed by a special dinner menu from 3 to 8 p.m. Their regular dinner menu will also be available all day. There will be three featured mimosas, including the restaurant’s signature OJ and pineapple juice blend, as well as strawberry-infused and mango-infused flavors. Choose from a three-course menu including items such as lobster bisque, prime rib eggs benedict, honey BBQ salmon and more. Reservations highly recommended.

 WHEN: Sunday, May 13 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

COST: $35 per person

AMBER ROSE RESTAURANT MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH

1400 Valley St., Dayton

937-228-2511 

Buffet will feature everything from scrambled eggs, honey ham, omelet casserole, French toast bake, chicken and waffles,biscuits and gravy, roasted turkey, a carving station, cabbage rolls, kids chicken tenders, sausage and sauerkraut and much more. Reservations are recommended, but not required. 

BONUS: There will be specialty drinks (mimosa, bloody Mary and Irish coffee) for $5, and pitcher mimosas will be available for $25.

WHEN: Sunday, May 13, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

COST: $28 for adults, $10 ages 10 and younger. 10% military discount.

MIXERS WITH MOM AT MUDLICK TAP HOUSE

135 E. Second St., Dayton 

Tickets: Click here

After all her hard work raising you, your mom definitely needs a drink! Take her to Mudlick Tap House to enjoy an afternoon of brunch and a special cocktail class taught by Mudlick’s team of bartenders along with Catherine from Watershed Distillery. Tickets include brunch, choice of a Bloody Mary or mimosa and the cocktail class with samplings. 

WHEN: 12 p.m.- 3 p.m. Sunday, May 13 

COST: $40

‘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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