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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.

>> Restaurant owner vows to reopen after devastating fire

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. 

>> PHOTOS: Progress inside of Salar after fire 

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. 

>> After devastating fire, popular Oregon District restaurant poised to reopen -- with big changes

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. 

“Essentially, (Danube owner) Bob (Swaim) told us he is done, the ’Dube is closing, and that’s the end,” assistant general manager Lindsey Heyob told that newspaper.>> Meadowlark owner’s new sandwich shop plans off the table — for now

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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TONIGHT: Dayton food trucks to battle for best BBQ

When tacos battle tacos and BBQ squares off with BBQ, we all win

Organizers of the Battle of the Breakfasts that recently saw Son of a Biscuit in a scramble with Greek Street Food Truck, have added a list of new food truck battle categories to their lineup. 

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Besides breakfasts, food trucks will duke it out in battles of barbecue, tacos, sandwiches, veggie entrees and Asian dishes.

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“All of them (the battles) are going be ongoing through the month,” said Brian Johnson, spokesman for Dayton Food Truck Battles.

Two trucks will compete at each monthly battle.

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The first war will pit Smokinbeebeeq vs. Smokin Barrels. 

See what we did there? 

The first round of Battle of the Barbecues is set for 5-10 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at Yellow Cab Tavern, 700 E. Fourth St. in the Oregon District.

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As with the other battles, the truck that sells the most will win the challenge and receive  bragging rights, a sticker and a trophy.

The winning truck advances to the next round and will fight to retain the trophy.

“It’s all about supporting small businesses and giving them recognition,” Johnson said. 

The additional battles are being scheduled. 

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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

Meadowlark owner’s new sandwich shop plans off the table — for now

A group of Dayton-area restaurateurs have shelved their plans to open a new sandwich shop in a Kettering strip mall.

Elizabeth Wiley and her partners had planned to open their newest venture, ScissorTail Sandwich Shop, at 3141 Far Hills Ave. (Ohio 48), a space they leased in Fountain Square shopping center for Sagecraft Catering & Events

The catering company is phasing down. 

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Wiley said the shopping center was recently sold and the new owner wanted to increase the lease amount.

“(The new owner) decided that our lease didn’t specifically say that we could use it for (a sandwich shop). We were told that we would have to have a new lease, which would mean more money,” Wiley said. “I didn’t feel I could spend anymore money for a place where I could have (about a dozen) seats and have limited space for prosperity.”  

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Heather Murphy, the vice president of Fountain Square owner Miami Valley Commercial Group, said her attorney plans to file a lawsuit against Wiley and her partners for default. 

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She said she was not at liberty to say how long Wiley’s group defaulted on their lease or in what way.

Murphy said claims Wiley made to this news organization misrepresented facts. 

“They never supplied plans. They never supplied anything,” she said.  

Murphy said Miami Valley Commercial Group purchased the shopping center in late March and plans to rename and update it.

“This is going to be a very exciting time,” she said. 

Wiley said an early drawing was provided to Miami Valley Commercial Group. The project never got to the point where architectural drawings were done, she said. 

Wiley said she and her partners moved out of the building and stopped making payments on the advice of their attorney.

Her attorney will be in discussion with the attorney representing Miami Valley Commercial, Wiley said.  

“We fully understand our obligations as a tenant and will fulfill these obligations,” Wiley said.

Wiley, the owner of Wheat Penny Oven and Bar in the Oregon District and Meadowlark Restaurant in Washington Twp., said she and her partners are disappointed that the plan has fallen through. 

>> Six amazing women behind some of Dayton’s best food 

They had planned to make their own bread and were working on sandwich recipes. 

“We are now going to look for a new space with more space,” she said. “A cool little funky sandwiches shop would have been so much fun.” 

She hopes to find a space for the new business between Kettering and downtown Dayton. 

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