Christmas Eve and Christmas Day restaurant openings

Published: Sunday, December 23, 2012 @ 1:55 PM
Updated: Sunday, December 23, 2012 @ 1:55 PM

            Neil's Heritage House in Kettering is one of a few local places that will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Do you need a place to eat on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day? Here are some area restaurants that are scheduled to be open:

Open Christmas Eve

Anticoli’s Giuliano Tavern

67 S. Main St., Miamisburg

(937) 859-3000 | Open 4 to 8 p.m.

Carver’s Steaks and Chops

1535 Miamisburg Centerville Road, Washington Township

(937) 433-7099 | Open 4 to 9 p.m.

C’est Tout, a Bistro

2600 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood

(937) 298-0022 | Open 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; 5 to 10 p.m.

Champps Restaurant & Bar

7880 Washington Village Dr., Washington Township

(937) 433-2333 | Open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Win Bar

4432 Walnut St., Dayton

(937) 320-9548 | Open 4 to 10 p.m.

Jac and Do’s Pizza

1888 Colonel Glenn Highway, Beavercreek

(937) 879-5555 | Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Jay’s Seafood

225 E. Sixth St., Daytin

(937) 222-2892 | Open 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

McCormick and Schmick’s Seafood and Steaks

4429 Cedar Park Dr., Beavercreek

(937) 431-9200 | Open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Neil’s Heritage House

2323 W. Schantz Ave., Kettering

(937) 298-8611 | Open 3 to 7 p.m.

Shen’s Szechuan and Sushi

7580 Poe Ave., Dayton

(937) 898-3860 | Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Open Christmas Day

Champps Restaurant & Bar

7880 Washington Village Dr., Washington Township

(937) 433-2333 | Open 4 p.m. to midnight

McCormick and Schmick’s Seafood and Steaks

4429 Cedar Park Dr., Beavercreek

(937) 431-9200 | Open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Neil’s Heritage House

2323 W. Schantz Ave., Kettering

(937) 298-8611 | Open 3 to 7 p.m.

Shen’s Szechuan and Sushi

7580 Poe Ave., Dayton

(937) 898-3860 | Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Georgia named world’s top filming location

Published: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 3:51 PM

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Georgia has just surpassed California, the United Kingdom and Canada as the No. 1 filming location worldwide, according to FilmLA's 2016 Feature Film Study

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The study, conducted by the nonprofit film office in Los Angeles, analyzes the 100 highest-performing feature films released every year. It also examines how much it took to make each of those films and how much of that money was spent in the place the film was made.

In 2016, Georgia led the pack in terms of number of films produced in a city, with 17 major movies shot across the state. Multiple shows are filmed in the state, too. California and Louisiana combined only produced one more film than the Peach State. 

>> Related: Check out the locations for 5 Oscar-nominated movies filmed around Atlanta

The Georgia film incentive program is largely responsible for the huge influx of new movies into the state. Georgia offered over $600 million to production companies just last year. 

Did you know all 17 of these movies were filmed in Georgia last year?

Jamie Foxx reveals Oprah saved him, staging an intervention before his Oscar win for ‘Ray’

Published: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 3:18 PM

Actor Jamie Foxx is seen here after winning the Best Actor Oscar in 2005 for his highly acclaimed performance in the 2004 biopic ‘Ray.’  Foxx admitted during an interview this week that he almost ‘blew it’ by partying too much after the film’s release and that Oprah staged an intervention.

Actor Jamie Foxx revealed during a radio interview this week that Oprah Winfrey staged an intervention when Foxx was partying too much after completing his Oscar-winning turn in “Ray” in 2004 and before the 2005 Academy Awards ceremony.

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During an interview with DJ Howard Stern, Foxx, 49, explained he was on a binge, “gallivanting,” “I’m drinking. I’m doing every (expletive) thing you could possibly imagine.” 

Foxx told Stern he suddenly received a phone call from Winfrey, who told him, “You’re blowing it,” People reported.

The actor said Winfrey arranged a meeting with black actors from the 60s and 70s at the legendary producer Quincy Jones’ home. Foxx said it was the iconic Sidney Poitier, the first African-American to win a Best Actor Oscar, who had the greatest impact on him.

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“To this day, it’s the most significant time in my life,” Foxx told Stern.

Fox won the Best Actor Oscar that year, becoming only the third black man to ever win the prestigious award at that time. 

Magic is so ‘Yummy’

Published: Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 11:52 AM

Michelle Fong and Connie Post are two of the Dayton Daily News’ Dining Divas. They are culinary thrillseekers who search out interesting eateries to save you time and money. Where should they go next? They welcome your suggestions at

The place: White Lotus, Dayton

Menu highlights: Thai cuisine and American sandwiches. Appetizers include springs rolls ($1.50 each or 3 for $4) and chicken or pork satay ($4.95). Thai specialties include Pad Thai and Pad Se-Ew ($7.95 each); Thai Beef Jerky and Lab Kai ($8.95 each); and Red, Yellow, Green or Massaman Curry ($7.95). American sandwiches include Yummy Burger ($4.95), Yummy Bacon Burger ($8.20), Yummy Extreme Double Burger ($9.20); Fish Filet ($4.95) and Pork Tenderloin ($4.95). Sodas, coffee and milk ($1); Thai coffee and tea ($2).

What we tried:

  • Spring roll, $1.50: Crisp and delicious. Served with homemade hot and sour sauce.
  • Yummy Burger, $4.95: At least a half-pound hand-formed patty cooked to perfection. We added cheese ($.25) and fries ($1).
  • Pad Thai, $7.95: We had ours with chicken. The dish comes with rice noodles, vegetables, two eggs and peanuts in homemade Thai sauce.
  • Thai tea, $2: Iced tea with a hint of star anise, also with Half and Half poured on top. Delicious and refreshing.
  • Thai coffee, $2: Iced coffee with a hint of almond and cardamom, with Half and Half poured on top. Distinctive and divine. This could become addictive. The coffee flavor is subdued, so those who do not like traditional coffee may enjoy this coffee.


Extras: The incredibly skilled and highly methodical Yang Sloop cooks, cleans, takes orders and handles the cash register all by herself in the tiny diner with only 16 bar stools. Do NOT expect your food in a jiffy. Do, however, expect it to taste wonderfully good.

It’s an intimate dining experience. The kitchen’s only a few feet away. We enjoyed sitting beneath a mobile of red Thai peppers and sipping our specialty drinks while watching Sloop put great care into each motion, from forming the hamburger patties to slicing tomatoes to sautéing chicken in squid sauce.

Her appliances are simple: a small grill, deep fryer, toaster, microwave, rice steamer, coffee maker and blender.

Sloop strives for perfection. While the petite lady is creating a culinary experience just for you, sit back and take everything in — the spices on the shelves, the bright green countertop, the photos of Sloop’s family on the mid-century refrigerator, the smells, the sounds.

We were mesmerized by Sloop’s performance artistry, which included some sort of sleight of hand. While we were watching her every move, our spring roll appeared on the counter, as if it materialized out of thin air. Sloop just looked at us and smiled. We called it pure magic.

The info: White Lotus, 327 E. 3rd St., Dayton; (937) 222-7030.

Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Closed Sunday.

Restaurant dazzles with donut, bacon burger and smothered chops

Published: Thursday, February 13, 2014 @ 11:29 AM
Updated: Monday, February 17, 2014 @ 3:57 PM

            The Diamond D’s signature beef burger comes with caramelized onions, three slices of bacon and pepper jack cheese on a sliced donut for $6.75. Staff video by Amelia Robinson.

Place: Diamond D’s Diner

Location: 2301 Germantown St., Dayton (Corner of Adelite Ave. and Germantown St.)

Sunday to Thursday noon to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday noon to 9 p.m.

Phone: (937) 268-3000

Website and menu

Diamond D’s Diner has a motto that its owner holds close to her heart: “fast food ain’t good and good food ain’t fast.”

Barbara Vinzant of Trotwood says that motto and all it encompasses has made the soul food restaurant at 2301 Germantown St. in Dayton successful.

The 74-year-old 1958 Dunbar High School grad said costumers are more than willing to wait for the made-to-order soul food that comes out of her kitchen.

Speciality include boneless, center cut pork chops that come fried, smothered in gravy (the way most regulars prefer them) or barbecue; peach cobbler and the thick sweet, salty and slightly spicy Diamond D’s Burger.

The signature beef burger comes with caramelized onions, three slices of bacon and pepper jack cheese on a sliced donut for $6.75.

Vinzant, a mother of three, grandmother to five and great grandmother of two, said younger clients gravitate towards the Double D’s Burger.

“They look at the picture and say, ‘that looks like a donut,’ and they try it,” Vinzant said and smiled.

The menu also includes a variety of sandwiches, chicken pieces (legs, breast, gizzards etc.) and collard greens, candied yams, chitterlings, buttered rice, BBQ rib tips, salmon patties and whiting fish.

The restaurant can seat up to 16. Vinzant said it delivers to as far away as Jefferson Twp. Many customers call in their order on the way home from work and pick up the meal. Senior citizens are one her chief demographic.

Vinzant said she and her son, Derrick, the business’ manager, have work hard to provide a quality serve to customers.

Some questioned Vinzant’s decision to open in the struggling neighborhood.

She said she would have it no other way.

“These are my roots. We try to make a difference in the community,” Vinzant said. “Just because I am in the ghetto does not mean I have to be a ghetto business.”

Vinzant also the owner of Vinique’s Beauty & Nail Salon and her family owns B&D Entertainment Store and Barbe’s Boutique. All three businesses are located near restaurant housed in a former Church’s Chicken.

The eatery was given Derrick Vinzant long-time nickname, his mother said. He has a diamond in one of his teeth.

Vinzant considers the decision to open the restaurant a leap of faith.

The building had not been used for 16 years.

Read: Restaurant that closed 16 years ago poised to reopen

She used advice from local contacts in the business from JJ Chicken and Fish and Moe’s Fish & Chicken when she opened and still sings their praise.

The retired federal courts manager said says she centers herself when times get tough.

Walk-in traffic has been slower this winter due to to the cold temperatures. Diamond D’s has relied more heavier on deliveries.

“Lord, you didn’t say it would easy, you said you would be with me,” Vinzant said.