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New business brewing in downtown Fairborn starting TODAY

Downtown Fairborn just got a new brew spot — and we’re not talking beer.

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Grind House Coffee and Tea Company’s official grand opening in Fairborn is happening today.

>> PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Grind House Coffee aims to acquire Fairborn Firehouse 

Additional Grind House retail coffee shops are in the works in local Meijer stores after the opening of the Huber Heights location, owner Bill Miller. The Grind House founder said he also is looking to open free-standing stores as the brand expands through the Dayton-Cincinnati region.

>> Tank’s Bar and Grill slashing some late-night hours; customers respond

Grind House Coffee and Tea Company was started in 2015 as an online retailer.

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The Grind House Coffee and Tea Company imports beans from all over the world, including coffee and tea farms in Kenya, Southeast Asia and South America.

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Want to go?

WHAT: Grind House Coffee and Tea Company

WHERE: 313 W. Main St., Fairborn

INFO: Call (937) 260-8153 | Facebook

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

A Dayton restaurant that has been serving up very, very late-night grub for decades is dramatically cutting back its hours of operation.Tank's Bar and Grill, the much-loved tavern at 2033 Wayne Ave., announced the changes in a Facebook post. 

“To all our most valued customers. To continue to give the most phenomenal experience, Tanks will be adjusting our hours. Due to decrease in late night business and finding quality staff, our new hours starting Monday April 23 will be as follows: kitchen hours- Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thurs are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday our kitchen (will be open) 7 a.m. to 1 a.m.Bar will be open till 11 on Sun-Thur. And until 2 on Friday and Saturday. Please note all carryouts must be phoned in 30 minutes before kitchen closing.You may of course order food up until closing time of kitchen to enjoy in dining room. We will have been in Dayton 31 years In May and want to continue to serve Dayton and our Great customers! You are the reason for our work, not the interruption!”

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

This is the second time the restaurant has cut its hours in recent months. 

>> Tank’s Bar & Grill has new late-night hours

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.

NEW KITCHEN HOURS

As noted above, the new kitchen hours are:

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.)

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WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT TANK’S

Known for its burgers, omelettes, grilled cheese sandwiches and “Road Kill” Chili, Tank’s grabbed first place in the 2017 Dayton.com Best of Dayton reader poll. 

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

A message was left for Debra Tankersley, Tank’s owner and the widow of Tank’s founder Dan “Tank” Tankersley, seeking additional comments. 

>> Dayton responds to the passing of Tank's owner, Dan Tankersley

WHAT CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING ...

Many of the restaurant’s customers did not take the news well, as it was posted by the restaurant on Facebook.

While there were many positive responses to the restaurant’s Facebook post, a few customers said they would no longer return to the restaurant or feared that dark days are ahead for the restaurant. 

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In exchanges with customers on the Facebook page, the restaurant said the hour changes should not be taken as a bad sign. 

“I can assure you Tanks is NOT closing ever. We simply have to adjust to what makes us better. Trying to find quality staff to work late at night when we do not have the business to support it is not fair to them,” the restaurant’s Facebook administrator responded to one Facebook comment. >> Your ultimate guide to the best burgers in Dayton

 

A Dayton sandwich so good you’ll say: ‘Pork Lord, have mercy’

A Dayton restaurant has three little piggies you are going to want battling the wolf in your belly. 

Fifth Street Brewpub, 1600 E. Fifth St. in Dayton’s St. Anne’s Hill neighborhood, might be best known for its beer. But the kitchen brews up some delicious grub, too.

>> Fifth Street Brewpub captures two golds in beer competition (July 11, 2016)

One particular sandwich stands out from the rest for a very piggy reason. 

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It is called the Pork Lord, and it had me at the words “pork” and “lord.” 

The sandwich is full of porky goodness, as you can imagine. But it will not leave you feeling like a pig. 

The $10 dish is a well-portioned combination of thin-ish sliced pork, bacon horseradish aioli and seasoned in-house pork rinds (called Crack–A–Lackin’s on the menu) on the side. 

Besides the ham and bacon, the anything but simple sandwich includes lettuce, tomato, onion, a fried egg and ghost pepper jack cheese on a telera roll. 

>> Fifth Street Brewpub release new menu (Feb. 9, 2018) 

>> Your ULTIMATE guide to the best burgers in Dayton

Don’t let the ghost pepper scare you off. 

The sandwich has just the right amount of heat for those of us who love a little kick with supper. 

The egg was cooked to perfection with plenty of delicious runny yolk to sop up. 

The yolk flowed like lava when I cut into my Pork Lord. 

The sandwich is cheesy, bacon-ey, eggy and spicy goodness. 

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>>  Guess how much Fifth Street Brewpub’s weekly giveback night has raised for local charities? (July 31, 2017)

The Pork Lord was added to Fifth Street’s menu in February. 

Tanya Brock, Fifth Street’s manager, said the Pork Lord has become a customer favorite and will remain on the menu for a while going forward. 

An order of thick and crunchy Crack-A-Lackin’s are $6 as an appetizer if you don’t want to go all hog wild. 

WANT TO TRY IT?

What: The Pork Lord: lettuce, tomato, onion,  ham, fried egg, ghost pepper jack cheese, bacon horseradish aioli on a telera roll. The sandwich is served with Crack-A-Lackins, the brewpub’s house-made pork rinds. 

Where: Fifth Street Brewpub, 1600 E. Fifth St. in Dayton’s St. Anne’s Hill neighborhood

Hours: 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 11 a.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays. 

Connect:  Facebook Website | Phone: (937) 443-0919

Cost: $10 

The wait is over! Cafe is now open at new downtown Dayton library 

This is news library guests won’t want to be quiet about.

The wait is over for those who want baked goods and a cup of coffee with their books. 

Table 33 has started serving food in its new location inside the Dayton Metro Library’s downtown branch at 215 E. Third St.

The restaurant’s soft opening started this week. 

For now, Chuck Duritsch, the library’s external relations manager, said the restaurant will be open 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

>>RELATED: Downtown restaurant preparing to open cafe at new Dayton library (Sept. 14, 2017)

“Right now they are offering their delicious coffee, some drinks, some baked goods, some juices,” he said. “They are going to add to the menu. There are going to be boxed lunches available.  It will be a couple of weeks before their hours expand.”

Duritsch said the restaurant is also exploring the idea of a delivery service that would allow patrons to use an app to order food and/or pick up food from delivery spots designated within the library. 

Table 33 may also offer catering down the road.

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“They want to be responsive to what the patrons are going to be ordering,” he said. “You have to know your audience. That’s why they are doing this slow rollout.” 

Dayton’s $64 million, state-of-the-art main branch library opened in August. 

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The main Table 33 restaurant is located at 130 W. Second St. and opened in 2016. 

Bounce house, dunk tank & cornhole are all part of this restaurant’s ‘Community Day’ TODAY

There are many signs of summer that we HAVEN’T seen yet in the Miami Valley — warm temperatures come to mind — but here’s three we’ll see this week at the Springboro Buffalo Wild Wings: dunk tanks, cornhole games and a bounce house.

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Those attractions and more will be offered during Community Day at Buffalo Wild Wings from 3:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18th at 774 N. Main St. (Ohio 741) in Springboro.

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Proceeds from the event (10 percent of all sales and 100 percent of all money raised from the attractions) will benefit the Boys And Girls Club of Dayton, according to Assistant General Manager Dave Tickel.

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In addition to the bounce house, dunk tank and corn hole, mini-golf and arts and crafts will be offered, and members of the Clearcreek Fire Dept will be on hand to show off their department’s fire engine. 

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 Coaches of local sports teams and other high-profile members of the Springboro-area community will offer themselves up for dunking at the dunk tank, Tickel said.

>> 10 reasons we love spring in Dayton

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JUST IN: New snack shop coming to The Greene, but it’s no stranger to Dayton area

A new snack shop that is no stranger to the Dayton area is coming to The Greene Town Center in Beavercreek, perhaps as early as this summer, a spokeswoman for The Greene said this afternoon.

>> TODAY: ‘Too much competition’ forces Miamisburg restaurant to close

Auntie Anne’s, an international pretzel-shop chain that operates a location in the Dayton Mall, has signed a lease and will move into the former Teavana space at 4450 Glengarry Drive on the development’s town square, the spokeswoman said. 

>> White Castle wedding: Kettering couple wins contest, gets married

The Dayton Mall Auntie Anne’s location opened in 2005, and plans to remain open, a manager of the store said today, April 16. 

>> PREVIOUS COVERAGE: New tenant found to replace store that closed at The Greene

Starbucks, which owns and operates the Teavana brand, is in the process of closing all 379 locations across the U.S., and shut down its store at The Greene about six weeks ago. 

>> Doordash responds after local restaurant owner slams the meal-delivery service

Auntie Anne’s was founded in Pennsylvania in 1988 and now operates more than 1,700 locations in 48 states and more than 25 countries.

5 events to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Dayton

Most everyone loves to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, though most of us have no idea what it actually commemorates. So, before we go getting all crazy with tequila shooters and diving into vats of chips, salsa and queso, let’s understand the story behind this American-adopted Mexican holiday.

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Cinco de Mayo is the observance of Mexico’s victory — despite being outnumbered two to one — over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. If you want to be a killjoy, you can mention that the French eventually came back with 30,000 troops and overtook Mexico City. 

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Now that we all sound smarter, here’s some of the best places and events to celebrate this year.

EL MESON

903 E. Dixie Dr., Dayton

937-859-8229

>>MORE DETAILS: What’s better than one Cinco de Mayo celebration? El Meson says two

El Meson upgraded their annual Cinco de Mayo bash to a two-day celebration. The event will include live music, street food, dancing and fun, with a charitable donation to Pink Ribbon Girls. We’ve put together all the details about the celebration, which you can read here.

>> Dayton.com’s Best of Food guide, including Best Margarita runner-up El Meson

OSCAR’S BAR

320 N. Dixie Drive, Vandalia

937-890-8655

This fiesta is shaping up to be a mini Indie Rock fest in Dayton, with live music from 7 p.m. to 12:45 a.m. from A Voice Of Your Own, Seth Canan & The Carriers, The 1984 Draft, Crosley Court, Neo-American Pioneers and Yellow Paper Planes.

>> 10 of Dayton’s best Mexican restaurants

ELEGANCE IN DANCE

8967 Kingsridge Drive, Dayton

937-438-6862

Dance Cinco de Mayo away at Elegance in Dance’s Cinco de Mayo celebration on Friday, May 4. There will be plenty of hot salsa (not just the kind you eat) as well as merengue, bachata and more. Oh — and don’t forget the tacos and tequila. 

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GRAINWORKS BREWING COMPANY

7790 Service Center Dr. Unit B, West Chester Township

513-480-2337

Their Facebook event page says it all (in Spanish) la cerveza, musica, buena comida and festividades. Beer, music, food — what more could you want for Cinco de Mayo?

>> El Meson turns their annual Cinco de Mayo celebration into a two-day fiesta

WORTH THE DRIVE

The City of Cincinnati will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo all weekend long on Fountain Square with a family friendly event. Attractions will include a children’s area with arts and crafts, live music, raffles and authentic Latin cuisine. The three-day party is the largest Latin cultural celebration in the region. It all starts at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 5. Find more of the details, including music and food lineup, online.

Tell us about your Cinco de Mayo events. Send an email with all of the details to contact@dayton.com with the subject line: Cinco de Mayo event

Why this tavern just north of Dayton is a throwback favorite

When The Barnsider closed after a 41-year run in 2016, I was verklempt.

It was a destination that was an old-school part of the restaurant history of Dayton.

It was a supper club that served up succulent prime rib, chilled shrimp cocktail with a sauce that came out kicking like karate and martinis that were as stiff as they come. It was a spot that sat you down, made you comfortable and took you in the wayback machine for a time-traveling trip that only cost you the price of a reasonable meal.

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Because I know that these places are harder and harder to come by with the continued chainification of pretty much everything these days, I have rekindled my love of several throwback spots that I hope never to take for granted again.

Treasure Island Supper Club, the Paragon, the Oakwood Club, the Pine Club, Joe Kiss Hickory Bar-B-Q and the Golden Lamb have all seen a little bit more of me and my money in the last six months.

One restaurant in particular that I have been frequenting of late is the Buckhorn Tavern. Located on the Stillwater River, not too far from Englewood MetroPark, this is a rustic steakhouse that has been serving hungry diners since 1943.

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It’s a restaurant that you either know about or, more than likely, don’t. For those in the know, it’s quite a find — warm, comfortable and relaxed with no pretension, it’s WYSIWYG — what you see is what you get.

Best known for their flavorful ribs and grilled steaks, the Buckhorn Tavern menu offers plenty of other options as well. Most are priced at less than $15 a meal for dinner — a value for dinner anymore.

In addition to a full slate of succulent red meat, the menu features fresh seafood, shrimp, chicken, salads, homemade soups, sandwiches, burgers and my personal favorite — comfort foods.

If you are feeling famished before you arrive, start with the panko breaded fried green tomato appetizer ($5.99).

The ribs ($21.99 for a full slab, $15.99 for a half slab) are the restaurant’s bestseller for a reason — they fall off the bone and have flavor for days with a zingy sauce. The Prime Rib ($25.99 for a 16 oz. “buck cut” or $22.99 for a 12 oz. “doe cut”), New York Strip and Ribeye ($21.99 for a 12 oz. cut of either) are also a solid choice. Add blue cheese horseradish butter ($1.99) on top for a savory note with a pop.

Buckhorn Tavern’s homestyle favorites are also a solid option. The cabbage rolls ($15.99 for two) and beef hot shot ($12.99) are definitely worth ordering up. If you love liver and onions ($11.99), they have you covered with an option to add bacon on top for $1.50.

In terms of sandwiches, the Bistro Filet ($11.99) is a rich creation of sliced filet mignon, grilled peppers and onions, mushrooms, provolone cheese on a toasted deli roll with garlic butter and topped with crispy fried onions.

The burgers are beefy and robust and there is a nice selection of salad offerings on the “lighter side” including a turkey avocado salad ($8.99) and grilled fajita chicken salad ($7.99). The four-piece broasted chicken ($13.99) and fried pecan encrusted tilapia ($16.99) are two other dishes that did not disappoint.

But the lunch menu is the real deal of the day. Served from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., the majority of dishes cost $8.99-9.99 and are a tremendous value for what you get. And only eight miles from downtown, it’s a convenient spot off I-70 that’s easy to get to if you are looking for a change of scenery with your next meal.

Desserts change daily, so be sure to ask what’s being served. The restaurant has a full wine list, beers on draft and has all the ingredients to mix up whatever cocktail you are in search of.

No matter what night you go, regulars are always present chatting, with the restaurant’s trademark antler chandelier within sight.

I’m guessing they keep coming back because this rustic gem feels homey and is ready to serve up whatever you’re looking for, which would explain why Buckhorn Tavern has been in business for as long as they have.

WANT TO GO?

What: The Buckhorn Tavern

Where: 8800 Meeker Road, Butler Twp.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays

More info: 937-890-3261 or buckhorntavern.biz

Buckhorn history: Located along the Stillwater River in Butler Twp., this original rustic hideaway has been in operation since 1943. Bob and Debbie Vanderhule purchased the property in 1981 and began a full-service restaurant. Now 37 years later, The Buckhorn Tavern is still serving lunch and dinner today.

This decadent new breakfast item from Bob Evans makes us proud to be from Ohio

Last month, Bob Evans revealed its most Ohio-centric menu item yet— Buckeye hotcakes.

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We snuck out of the Dayton.com office to try a stack of these peanut buttery, chocolate drizzled pancakes for lunch, and I am here to report that Bob Evans knocked it out of the park.

The pancakes come loaded with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, topped with Reese’s peanut butter sauce, powdered sugar and whipped topping on the side.

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Now, this is coming from a breakfast connoisseur who opts for a more savory bite. However, Bob’s Buckeye pancakes have all the richness you’d hope for in a sweet breakfast option, but yet wasn’t too much to where I felt like I needed a glass of milk with every other bite.

This next part took my meal to the next level. For only 80 cents, you can top your stack with a generous scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.

A four-stack of the new Buckeye hotcakes costs $7.49.

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