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Local KFC closes dining room for extensive renovation

The lobby and dining room inside KFC restaurant at 2109 E. Dorothy Lane in Kettering are closed for an extensive remodeling project.

The restaurant’s drive-through, however, will remain open during construction, a spokesman for the restaurant told this news outlet.

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“We should be done around June 27,” the spokesman said.

Eat at Milano’s at special event this week and support a good (and muddy) cause

Epilepsy Foundation is going to get down and dirty — in a Mudpocolypse. 

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Before things get messy, the foundation is taking over Milano’s in the greater Dayton region to raise funds.

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On Wednesday, June 20, present the official 2018 Mudpocolypse event flyer at any Milano’s restaurant, and Milano’s will donate 20% of the amount of your order to Epilepsy Foundation.

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>> Help wanted: Oregon District restaurant rising from ashes and is now hiring

See the Facebook event page for more details (and to access the flyer).

>> Applebee’s launches legal battle against its own franchise owner for control of Dayton-area restaurants

You can also register to participate in the epic volleyball for epilepsy event, Mudpocalypse, online. There will be 265 teams competing on 35 courts in one day. Prices to register increase July 1. 

>> De’Lish Cafe is closing for good -- and is going out with a bang

Milano’s are located at: 

• University of Dayton, 1834 Brown Street, Dayton, 45409 

• Miami Township, 9572 Springboro Pike Miami Township 45342 

• Beavercreek, 2260 N. Fairfield Rd, Beavercreek 45431

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Help wanted: Oregon District restaurant rising from ashes and is now hiring 

Closed since New Year’s weekend, an Oregon District restaurant continues to rebound from a devastating fire. 

Salar Restaurant and Lounge, 400 E. Fifth St., will hold open interviews for restaurant employees from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, June 25 and Tuesday, June 26. 

Ian Dean, the restaurant’s front of the house manager, said that a variety of positions are available including bussers, waitresses/waiters and line cooks.

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

“Basically anything you can think of,” Dean said. “Some (former employees) will be returning, but we will be reaching out for new prospects.”

He estimated that the restaurant will have about 30 employees when it reopens, and 15-20 will be new. 

>> PHOTOS: Progress inside of Salar after fire  (May 14, 2018)

Applications are available at

Dean said the restaurant hopes to reopen in late July, but it may be early August as final remodeling projects are complete and permits are obtained.

>> Downtown restaurant closing for good 

The restaurant has been closed since the Dec. 29 fire. 

When it reopens, diners can expect an entire new look to the restaurant that chef Margot Blondet, a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in Lima, Peru, opened in 2013 at the former site of Sidebar.

About a half-dozen other businesses were also impacted by the early morning blaze. 

>> RELATED:  Oregon District businesses are bouncing back after devastating blaze 

UPDATE: Downtown restaurant closing for good 

A downtown Dayton restaurant is closing its doors. 

Jasmine Brown announced on her Facebook page that her restaurant, De'Lish Cafe, located at 139 N. Main St., will close for good on July 31.

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She wrote: 

“As I am sitting here writing this, I am tearing up. This message is to let everyone know that De’Lish will be closing July 31, 2018 for good. 

My family and I have given this city 8 long and hard years of our lives. We have had good times and we have had bad times. 

It is time for us to move on to try something different. I have prayed over this decision for the last few months. I must say that I have been happier and less stressed out while taking this time off. Originally we were going to open back up today, but instead we will be opening Sunday, July 1, 2018 to give everyone one last month of De’Lish. 

In the coming weeks I would love to hear what menu items my guests would like to see as we will have a limited menu…. 

We would like to say thank you to everyone that has spent one red cent at our establishment. You have made it possible for me to not only take care of my family, but for me to be able to give back to my community which is a true blessing. I will take with me every conversation, every piece of advice given, every piece of constructive criticism and use it to make myself a better person. When my husband came to me with the idea of wanting to open a restaurant I said “NO!” The best thing I could’ve ever done was to listen to him and be submissive to his wants. For that I am forever thankful, grateful and humbled. Running a business is no easy task, especially when your helpmate is gone. I have tried for the last two years. 

At the end of July we will have one BIG DE’LISH PARTY and party like we’ve never partied before! I invite you into our home for one last month, one last time, one last meal.. 

Thank you all for inviting us into your homes, lives and stomachs! 

We will forever be indebted…. 


Love Always, 

Jasmine, Evian & Willie III”

>> RELATED: Meet Jasmine Brown of De’lish Cafe 

Brown launched the restaurant in 2010, at the former site of Gregory’s Piano Bar.

It closed briefly early this year due to a tax issue. 

>> RELATED: De’Lish Cafe reopens after being shut down for tax issues

A message was sent to Brown seeking further comment. 

Downtown bar having a hot dog bar TONIGHT

The wieners will be on the wheel tonight at one downtown bar. 

Canal Street Arcade and Deli, 308 E. First St. in Dayton, 

will hold its recently launched Wednesday night hot dog bar tonight starting at 6 p.m. 

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Rob Strong, the restaurant’s owner, said the bar includes mustard, relish, ketchup, cheese chili and similar fixings.We are not going over-the-top, not trying to compete with those who go way out there,” he said. 

The veggie and all-beef hot dogs are  $2 each and the chili cheese is 50 cents extra.

Strong said the hot dog bar idea came to fruition for a simple reason. 

“We found a hot dog ferris wheel in the basement,” he said.  

>> 5 of the best hot dogs in Dayton

New Father’s Day Beer, Bourbon and Brunch event targets Dayton dads who like to eat AND drink

How  does a little BBB sound to celebrate your padre?

Justin White, the executive chef of The Wright Place and the Holiday Inn at 2800 Presidential Drive in Fairborn, is hosting a brand new Father’s Day Beer, Bourbon and Brunch at the hotel Sunday, June 17. 

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There will be seatings at noon and 2 p.m. 

“We’re honoring dad with a special celebration highlighted by a few of his favorite things,” White said in a release. “Featuring bourbon-infused foods and drinks, local craft beer, live music and baseball, we have something for everyone in the family — but especially for dads.”


The brunch is $31 per adult. The cost is $24 for seniors and military personnel and $13 for children. 

Children age 5 and younger will be admitted free of charge. 

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Adults will receive a pint of Yuengling as part of the brunch. Brew from Warped Wing and Lock 27 will be available for purchase.

There will also be several hand-crafted cocktails using Stillwrights Bourbon, produced from the nearby Bath Twp. distillery Flat Rock Spirits. 

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The meal includes bourbon-glazed ribs, mac and beer cheese, assorted smoked sausages and brats cooked in beer, Lemon Shandy-grilled bone-in chicken, bourbon baked beans, brisket sliders, salmon patties with cornbread stuffing and jalapenos, grilled corn on the cob with lime-Parmesan butter, and pecan bourbon pie.

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The hotel will raffle off Cincinnati Reds and Dragons baseball tickets during the day. Each adult will be entered to win. 


Call (937) 431-4631.

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Folks behind one of Dayton’s most beloved festivals now serving lunch TODAY 

You don’t have to wait until the dog days of summer to enjoy the tastes of one of Dayton’s favorite festivals. 

Dayton Liederkranz-Turner, the German club behind Germanfest Picnic set for Aug. 10, 11 and 12 at RiverScape MetroPark, introduced a new Monday lunch a week ago. 

Patricia Kister, a loyal member of the club located at 1400 E. Fifth St. in Dayton’s St. Anne’s Hill historic neighborhood, hipped us on to the lunch and even shared a few pics.

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The lunch to be held 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays—today included — is open to the public.

Carryout meals are available.

The menu includes brats, metts, schnitzel with gravy and a host of Germantastic sides like red cabbage, potato salad, noodles and of course sauerkraut. 

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The club will also have weekly specials, according to a post on its Facebook page. 

Today’s special is rouladen /rotkraut and spätzle. 

On June 18, the club expects to serve linse and spätzle with a salad as a special.  On June 25, it will be  weiß wurst with a pretzel.

Prost to that! 

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What: German lunch 

Where: Dayton Liederkranz Turner, 1400 E. Fifth St. in Dayton’s St. Anne’s Hill historic neighborhood

When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays. 

Price: Most meals are $7.50 to $12.50

Contact: FacebookWebsite 

NEW DETAILS: Owners offer tantalizing glimpse of new brewpub plans

A founder of what may become the Miami Valley’s newest craft brewery and brewpub offered a few new details this morning, June 11, about the proposed Trail Town Brewing in downtown Yellow Springs.

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Visitors to Saturday’s Yellow Springs Street Fair were greeted by a sign on the outside of the former Williams Eatery at 101 Corry St. that Trail Town Brewing was “coming soon” at that location.

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Jake Brummett, co-owner of the “Wander & Wonder Yellow Springs” specialty shop in Yellow Springs, is also co-owner of the Trail Town Brewing brewpub.

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Brummett told this news outlet today that the new brewpub is “early in the permit process,” but if all goes well, Trail Town Brewing could open as early as this fall.

“(We) hope to be brewing in September and open by October,” Brummett said.

>> RELATED: Yellow Springs restaurant Williams Eatery shuts down after nearly decade-long run

Brummett is leasing the former restaurant space with plans to open a brewpub, but has encountered delays and is awaiting renovations to the building to meet Greene County health and building codes, according to the minutes of an April 9 Yellow Springs Planning Commission meeting.

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Brummett was seeking the planning commission’s approval to introduce some of the dishes he’ll be serving by utilizing a food truck that would be parked in front of the future brewpub while it’s under development, village records show.

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Williams Eatery shut down just before Christmas 2017 after a run of nearly 10 years. 

Elsa’s — already poised to open in Sugarcreek Twp. — eyes another new location in south suburbs

Elsa’s Mexican Restaurant, which is poised to open a large cantina-style restaurant in the Sugarcreek Plaza off Wilmington Pike, may have another new location in the works soon in Springboro. 

The Dayton-based Mexican restaurant chain applied earlier this week for liquor licenses for space at 774 N. Main St. in Springboro. 

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Reached this morning, here’s what Elsa’s co-owner Jason Hemmert said about the applications:

“We are being proactive in applying for the liquor license, since there are not many available in that area, and we are in early negotiations for the space, which is currently BW3's in Springboro.”

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“Though not finalized, we are working hard at it and hope this will be the next great Elsa's location. We have been looking for some time to go down that way with our concept.”

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Elsa’s, which operates four restaurants and sports bars in and around Dayton, is putting the finishing touches on its fifth location, Elsa’s Corner Cantina, at 6204 Wilmington Pike in the Sugarcreek Plaza in Sugarcreek Twp. The space previously housed Caramella’s Italian Kitchen, and, before that, Murphy’s Irish Pub and Barleycorn’s.

>> RELATED: Dayton area’s 5th Elsa’s gearing up to open in Sugarcreek Twp.

Hemmert said this morning final inspections are scheduled for next week, and after a training period for staff, the cantina-style restaurant will open its doors to the public. The restaurant will seat about 140 inside and about 60 outside and will hire 35 to 45 employees, Hemmert has said.

RELATED: Elsa’s Kettering reopens today after 3-week makeover

Elsa’s also operates locations on Linden Avenue in Dayton, on Wilmington Avenue in Dayton, on Far Hills Avenue in Centerville, and on East Stroop Road in Kettering.

Why cows (and other ingredients) need to fear Dayton Burger Week 

We have some sad news for cows. 

As we told you last week, Dayton Burger Week is coming Aug. 6 to 12. It is expected to be beefier than any of us expected. 

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Burger Week organizer Tony Frank said one single man in Cincinnati downed 52 burgers during that city’s burger week last year. 

Yes, 1 DUDE TOOK DOWN 52 BURGERS in a week. 

“It was a week of gluttony,” Frank said of the seven-day festival, a partnership between Cincinnati CityBeat, a Euclid Media Group newspaper, and The Ohio Beef Council.

Eating 52 burgers is not necessarily advisable and far from the norm, but Frank said people really get into trying gourmet burgers created by local chefs. 

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“Restaurants go through thousands and thousands of pounds of beef during these weeks,” he said. “Burgers are very popular right now and a lot of people take pride in the creation of burgers.”


Slated this year July 16 to 22, Cincinnati Burger Week launched in 2015. 

More than 50,000 burgers were sold during the last burger week in Cincinnati. 

Everything from shrimp to peanut butter has been used to create burgers for Cincinnati’s burger week. 

MORE INFO: Website

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Frank expects about 25 Dayton-area restaurants to participate including Mudlick Tap HouseBrixx Ice Co.The Pub – Beavercreek and Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers

Participating restaurants will sell gourmet burgers for $5 each.

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Diners will be given Dayton Burger Week passports to get stamped at participating restaurants. 

Those with at least three stamps will be eligible for a grand prize drawing that includes gifts cards and an ultimate grill out. 

Frank said he plans to partner with a charity for the week to raise awareness. 

“Keep in mind there are people who are not getting the nutrition to get them through the day,” he said. 

Euclid Media Group will also hold new burger weeks this year in Cleveland, St. Louis and Detroit.   

>> The ultimate guide to the best burgers in Dayton

Frank said the week helps restaurants and Ohio farmers and often introduces customers to new eateries. 

“They end up coming back,” he said. “Restaurants get new customers.” 


What: Dayton Burger Week

When: Aug. 6-12

Where: Various locations

How much: Burgers will cost $5 each. Extras items like French fries will be sold at an additional cost. 

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