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Published: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 12:41 PM
— An iconic Dayton building has new life thanks to Ms. Pac-Man, Centipede, gourmet sandwiches, craft beer and a good bit of elbow grease.
Canal Street Arcade and Deli celebrates its public opening today, Wednesday, June 28, at 308 E. First St., the former home of the much-beloved music venue Canal Street Tavern.
We got a sneak peek inside of the renovated building that dates back to 1900.
One thing is clear from the moment you walk in, Canal Street Arcade and Deli is about more than classic arcade games and a banging beer list.
Here are just a few of our favorite things.
👾 1.) The return of The Champ
There was a disturbance in the Sandwich Force when Rob Strong closed Fifth Street Wine and Deli in January 2017.
Fans of his gourmet sammiches wondered if their favorites would make it to the new place.
Good news, friends: The Champ and other sammys perfected at Fifth Street are back... and Rob and the gang have added pizza to the menu.
Canal Street Arcade served samples of the pizzas and sammys during a preview party.
The falafel sandwiches can’t be stopped. The Nuclear Sub will blow your head off.
👾 2.) The windows
Apparently Canal Street and Canal Public House, the business that followed it when it closed in 2013, had windows the whole time.
Canal Street Arcade and Deli has uncovered them to let the sun shine in.
Customers can lounge on comfy chairs set up on the bar’s former stage and catch a few rays while sipping on suds.
3.) The jukebox
Imagine this: a real, old-school jukebox with actual CDs.
The arcade even has a special “Never Tame Your Dayton” option featuring modern and classic music from the Gem City.
👾 4.) The patio
Canal Street Arcade patio will surely get the attention of people heading to Dayton Dragons games or home to the soon-to-be-open Delco Lofts.
>> MORE: 15 kickass patios in the Dayton area
👾 5.) The naughty claw
The restaurant’s five or so pinball machines and claw game are the only things customers are required to pay a quarter to play.
Not every prize in the claw game are for the kids if you know what we mean.. wink, wink.
We mean there are adult-themed items among the stufffed toys in the Hot Stuff claw game.
👾 6.) The stickers
The pews might be gone, but hints of the old Canal Street are throughout Canal Street Arcade and Deli.
None is bigger and bolder than the sticker wall that pays tribute to Canal Street’s green room where stickers covered nearly every surface.
Stickers from bands that played Canal Street greet you right after you turn the corner that leads to the bar.
👾 7.) The bathrooms
They are real nice. You might even want to sit down in them. Big improvement if you remember the old ones.
Ms. Pac-Man is on the ladies room wall and surely approves.
👾 8.) The bar staff
The business has an impressive craft beer list and will serve cocktails created by some of the best bartenders in town.
They plan to do fresh fruit infusions, and watch out for things like Margarita Mondays, Tiki Tuesdays and Whiskey Wednesdays.
“We will be busting out blenders,” mixologist Landon Shayne Mckibben said.
There is still carryout beer and wine.
Published: Sunday, December 31, 2018 @ 12:39 PM
Dayton — Funds are being collected to help employees impacted by a fire at one of the Oregon District’s most popular restaurants.
Meg Shaw, the general manager at Salar Restaurant and Lounge, set up a GoFundMe fundraiser for employees of the restaurant.
The description reads:
On Friday, December 29th, the incredible and loyal staff at Salar Restaurant and Lounge received the devastating news that their home away from home had suffered a tragic and major fire. The staff has worked so hard for the almost five years that Salar has been a part of our community, and are searching for employment in the interim that Salar is closed. We want to give back to staff in their time of need and hope that you’ll help us provide this for them.
Thank you to everyone for your support. We will be back!
About 35 people work in the restaurant that Margot Blondet, a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in Lima, Peru, opened in 2013.
Blondet said Saturday that she doesn’t know yet how long it will be before the restaurant can be back up and running following the Friday fire, but it looks like it could be months out before the business is again operating.
Dayton fire crews were dispatched to Salar at 6:20 a.m. Friday on reports of smoke.
>> FIRST REPORTS: Fire at Salar
Firefighters said a kitchen fire spread, causing significant smoke damage to the restaurant.
Investigators said the fire started in the kitchen and spread to the ceiling and a neighboring building, affecting other businesses along with Salar.
The Scenery, a digital product agency on the second floor, said on its Facebook page that it has been displaced from the fire.
The spice shop Spice Paradise and Hicks' Barber Shop & Shave Parlor on Brown are also among the businesses closed until further notice due to the fire.
Published: Tuesday, December 19, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
— The highest bar in Dayton is now even higher.
The Racquet Club, located at 40 North Main St. on the 29th floor of the Kettering Tower, opened a lounge above the bar a few months ago, Jocelin Dean, the club’s membership director said.
Thanks to the addition, the club’s 29 Stories Lounge is now 29½ stories tall, Dean said.
It is a feather in an already-high hat.
“We already were the tallest building in Dayton. We already have that distinction of being the tallest (bar),” Dean said.
>> RELATED: 3 things to know about Kettering Tower
The lounge’s space had held bleachers overlooking the club’s squash courts.
“It was just dead wasted space,” Dean said. “We figured there had to be a better use for it.”
A hallway wall was also moved to open up the front of the bar, and new seating was added.
The renovations are part of $250,000 in work undertook at the club during the past three years.
Dean said additional changes will be made based on member feedback and use.
“It is a space that is always being tweaked,” she said.
The club is working with members to determine the right funiture and function of the space, Dean said.
The club’s 29 Stories Lounge was completed in 2011 to address member requests for a more causal setting to take clients and for after work socializing and networking.
Such a space had been suggested since shortly after the club — the brainchild of Virginia Kettering — opened in 1971.
>> RELATED: Inside the Dayton Racquet Club: towering venue ‘squashing’ misconceptions, drawing new members (May 10, 2013)
The 29th Stories Lounge is restricted to members and their guests, but Dean said there are several public events held annually.
“Anybody who is curious to see what the bar looks like can always contact me for a tour,” she said.
Racquet Club membership ranges from $60 to $200 a month, depending on included features.
>> RELATED: Dayton Walk of Fame member Virginia Kettering
Published: Thursday, June 29, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
— Installation complete! 416 Diner is now open and has started slinging eggs, burgers, hoagies and pepperoni rolls.
The owner, Guy Fragmin purchased the building in 2005 as a retirement investment.
Canal Street Arcade & Deli opened on June 28 at 308 E. First St. in downtown Dayton, the former site of Canal Street Tavern and Canal Public House.
Here are five things to know about 416 Diner:
Fragmin says he constantly gets questions about the restaurant’s name, but the answer is pretty simple: the name is taken from the business’ address at 416 E. Fifth St.
THE SERVICE WINDOW
Customers will be able to order from the restaurant’s walk-up service window late nights Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Tables will be set up on the patio.
Fragmin has long dreamed of opening a restaurant. His mom recently sent him a picture he drew in grade school of his then-future restaurant.
416 marks a complete career shift. Fragmin worked in advertising sales at the former Berry Company.
“When the deli decided they were going to move out, I just pulled everything forward and took my retirement. You see every penny I’ve ever made in my whole entire life,” he said with a laugh. “The community is ready and right for it. The city is growing like crazy. I am very excited.”
THERE WILL BE PEPPERONI ROLLS
Fragmin expects that the eatery’s West Virginia-style pepperoni rolls will be a big hit. Here is how they are described on the menu:
A West Virginia favorite and our signature offering. A roll of fresh baked bread stuffed with spicy pepperoni makes for a delicious treat or a meal. Add cheese, chili, pizza sauce, or coleslaw to create your own unique flavor.
THE REST OF THE MENU
Fragmin said he is pumped to get some grease on the restaurant’s spanking new equipment and includes separate griddles for meat and veggies and a conveyor oven nicknamed Lincoln.
416 Diner’s menu can be found on its website.
Fragmin said the menu might change slightly. He is researching gluten-free items and a veggie burger.
Breakfast items include: several omelets, an egg and chive scramble, the 416 Starter (one egg served with two strips of bacon or a sausage patty, choice of toast, and hash browns) and the Early Burger (a quarter pound burger with a fried egg and two strips of bacon served with hash browns or fried potatoes).
Lunch and dinner options include: a variety of salads, burgers and hoagie sandwiches including cheese steaks, hot ham, the Hunter (marinated chicken and grilled steak, cheddar and provolone, crisp lettuce, fresh tomato, red onion and mayo), the Gatherer (roasted red pepper, grilled onions and mushrooms, fresh tomato and crisp lettuce with herbed mayo) and the Sergeant Pepper Burger (a quarter pound burger with grilled peppers, pepper jack cheese and spicy mayo on a toasted bun sprinkled with fresh black pepper).
The counter stools and each booth has an own electrical outlet to allow customers to charge phones.
“You come in and eat and charge your phone,” Fragmin said.
He said the restaurant’s heating, plumbing and electrical systems were completely remodeled.
“It’s been an amazing adventure,” Fragmin said. “There is a lot of love and a lot of effort that’s gone into to getting it ready for everybody.”
Published: Friday, September 01, 2017 @ 6:11 PM
— It is time to eat (and drink) your way through the 16th century.
There'll be jousters, fire jugglers, blacksmiths and hundreds of other eye-catching sights at the 2017 Ohio Renaissance Festival, but you'll be no lord nor lady if you miss out on the grub that once gobbled.
Giant "turkey leggs" (and that's not a typo) are among the most glowing symbols of the festival held on a 30-acre, re-created 16th century village just down the road at 10542 East Ohio 73 in Harveysburg.
Turkey legs are far from the only fare sold at the festival, now in its 28th year and third year under new ownership.
TIMES AND COST
Everything from fish and chips to hot apple dumplings to haggis to bangers and mash can be found at the festival, which is staged from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. nine Saturdays and Sundays Sept. 2 through Oct. 29 , as well as on Labor Day.
>> PHOTOS: Ohio Renassance Festival 2017
General Admission is slightly less expensive this year compared to last. Adults get in for $22.50 and children ages 5 to 12 are admitted for $9.50 at the box office.
Slightly discounted tickets can be purchased on the festival’s website for $19.50 for adults and $8.50 for children, plus a service fee.
Adult admission is buy one, get one free on opening weekend, Sept. 2 to 4.
ON TO THE FOOD
Below is some 16th century-inspired food you can sink your 21st century teeth into at 2017 Ohio Renaissance Festival.
The festival is has a medieval theme, but that doesn’t mean organizers are against change.
Ren Festival spokeswoman Cheryl Bucholtz said new options include The Chocolate Raven, Archibald Drake’s and KJ’s Cajun Cuisine.
From the owners of Holly B’s Sweets in nearby Waynesville, The Chocolate Raven will sell a selection of chocolate and fudge treats.
Archibald Drake’s, from the owners of the Nacho Pig food truck from Clark County, will serve fish and chips.
KJ’s Cajun Cuisine will serve gumbo, po’boy sandwiches, beignets and similar food.
BREADY, SET, BOWL!
They kept things simple in the 16th century, so it should be no surprise that a place called the Bread Bowl would sell bread bowls. You'll find salads and a host of soups and stews.
Soups include chili, Peasant's Potato Soup, Westminster Stew, Minstrel's Mac & Cheese and a spinach artichoke dip bowl.
Bucholtz says the Bread Bowl is a popular spot when fall temperatures arrive.
Did we mention the turkey leggs? We assume the extra "g" is because they are extra good and really big —about 2 pounds each. About 35,000 turkey leggs are sold each year.
THE OTHER BIRD
Turkey isn't the only fowl to be served at Ren Fest.
Bourbon chicken -- grilled chicken covered in a bourbon sauce and placed on a bed of rice -- is also among favorites.
IN A PICKLE
Who can pass up a seasoned pickle from a renaissance man? They are $2 each.
The festival features a new way to enjoy an adult beverage without the kids.
By popular demand, Bucholtz said The Naughty Bawdy Pub Show, an hour of "bawdy humor, cigars, and ale for ages 21 and over" will be held each day from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the The Dirty Duchess. Admission is $15.
Two summers ago, 1572 Roadhouse Bar-B-Q opened its doors to the public on the grounds of the Ohio Renaissance Festival.
The restaurant’s menu includes Baby Back Ribs, Chicken, Pulled Pork, and Smoked Sliced Beef.
STREET TACOS AND SHAWARMA
Last year, Ren Fest added Garden of Eatin, Marco Polo's Bistro and Jerusalem Cafe.
Burgers and such will be found in the Garden of Eatin. Go to Jerusalem Cafe for Middle Eastern foods like baklava and shawarma. Marco Polo's will serve street tacos.