Bibibop to double its restaurant footprint within months

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

Bibibop specializes in Korean dishes served in a fast-casual serving style that allows diners to customize their rice bowls. Photo from Bibibop Asian Grill Facebook page

Bibibop Asian Grill — which opened its first Dayton-area restaurant near the University of Dayton last year and is contemplating additional locations locally — is poised to more than double the number of restaurants it operates.

The Columbus-based Korean-inspired restaurant chain has announced that it has purchased the leases of 15 closed Chipotle-owned ShopHouse Asian Kitchen locations, in Washington D.C., Chicago and Los Angeles, which will dramatically expand Bibibop’s footprint, according to the trade publication Nation’s Restaurant News. Bibibop currently operates 12 locations — all in Ohio — including the restaurant on Brown Street near UD’s campus.

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The deal with Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. for the shuttered ShopHouse locations will give the company 27 restaurants after the new locations are converted this summer, not including one more in Ohio that is in the works, NRN reported.

Bibibop spokeswoman Rachel Newbury told this news outlet earlier this month that while Bibibop does intend to add Dayton-area locations in the future, “there is nothing in the works for 2017” in this region.

Newbury’s comments came after documents filed with Washington Twp. suggested the Dayton area’s second Bibibop Asian Grill location was in the works on Ohio 725. An artist’s rendering, with Bibibop signage, was filed with the township for a stand-alone, 4,550-square-foot retail/restaurant building to be constructed at 1035 Miamisburg-Centerville Road on the northwest corner of McEwen Road and Ohio 725. The tract of land previously housed a bank that was recently demolished.

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But Bibibop officials said they’re not considering that Washington Twp. site at the moment — although they also didn’t rule out considering it in the future.

Bibibop’s restaurants operate with a fast-casual, build-your-own service concept similar to Subway or Chipotle. Diners choose from purple or white rice for their bowl, or have their dish prepared as a salad or wrap, then select from two types of chicken, beef or tofu, and then top their dish from a variety of vegetables and garnishes, from pickled daikon radish to carrots to kale.

Much more active weather develops over next 24 hours

Published: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 @ 11:00 PM
Updated: Thursday, April 27, 2017 @ 12:15 AM

Several storm systems will cross the region beginning this morning and continuing into early next week, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said.

The first round of showers and storms of this much more active weather pattern developing over the next 24 hours is expected to push across the Miami Valley during the first half of today. The Storm Prediction Center said there is a marginal chance for a strong storm, which could include damaging winds, hail and/or an isolated tornado.

RELATED: WHIO Interactive Radar

Storms should exit the area by early afternoon with a period of calm weather tonight into much of Friday. However, another storm system will bring storms back to the region by Friday evening, Elwell said.

The Storm Prediction Center said severe storms could spread into southwest Ohio by late Friday. This weekend system could bring locally heavy rainfall, Elwell said.

"The Gulf of Mexico will be open for business," Elwell said, "which will mean any storms could be very proficient at generating heavy rain.” 

RELATED: 5-Day Forecast

The weekend storm system is expected to stall to the west of the region allowing storms to briefly diminish Sunday, but return late Sunday into Monday as the system finally lifts northeast into Canada. More heavy rain and strong storms could be likely to end the weekend as the storm system lifts across the Great Lakes, Elwell said.

FBI conducts investigation at Montgomery County apartment

Published: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 @ 10:04 PM
Updated: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 @ 10:39 PM

DAYTON -- (UPDATE @ 10:30 p.m.) The FBI conducted an investigation at an apartment in the 3800 block of Lakebend Drive. 

A man who identified himself as a security guard for the Northlake Hills Co-Op apartment complex said he was told not to allow our news crew near the address where the investigation is occurring. 

Todd Lindgren, spokesman with the Cincinnati FBI office, confirms only that the FBI has been at the address since late this afternoon.

“The FBI is conducting law enforcement activity in that area,” Lindgren said. He noted that he could not say anything about the focus of the investigation.

We’re told the Dayton police has had a one-unit detail at the address since just before 3 p.m.

A check of the Montgomery County auditor's online records indicates the address is part of the Northlake Hills complex. 

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The man and others working with him are turning traffic around on Lakebend Drive. There are people standing along Lakebend Drive, watching. received a phone call just after 9 p.m. about the FBI being on the property. 

At 10:30 p.m., an FBI agent asked our Center 7 first responder to leave the area.

We'll keep working to find out what's happening at the complex. 

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Disney workers ask company to fight for 500 Haitian refugees

Published: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 @ 11:59 PM

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - OCTOBER 01: Walt Disney World Resort marked its 45th anniversary on October 1, 2016 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Jacqueline Nell/Disneyland Resort via Getty Images)
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Union representatives speaking on behalf of 500 Haitian refugees working as Disney cast members in Central Florida are asking CEO Bob Iger to fight for them to stay in the U.S.

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The group is part of 50,000 refugees from the island nation who are living in the U.S. following the earthquake that ravaged the country in 2010.

President Barack Obama gave the Haitian nationals temporary protected status in the U.S.

That status has been extended several times due to repeated catastrophes like cholera, outbreaks and damage caused by Hurricane Matthew.

The refugees’ protected status is scheduled to expire in July, and in a letter obtained by USA Today, members of President Donald Trump’s administration don’t want to see it extended again.

Disney employees, though, are calling for Iger, who sits on Trump’s Presidential Advisory Board, to fight for his employees and keep them from being deported.

If the protection is not extended, the 50,000 Haitian refugees, including the 500 Disney cast members, would be deported.

Facebook Live video leads to suspect in woman's death

Published: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 @ 11:46 PM

A Facebook Live video led police to a suspect in the December 2016 death of a woman in a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, neighborhood. 

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Isaiah Booker, 23, of Homestead, was charged Tuesday with criminal homicide, criminal attempted homicide, aggravated assault and persons not to possess a firearm. 

The charges stem from the shooting death of 25-year-old Myanne Redman, who was found Dec. 19 in her car on the 2200 block of Wilner Drive. 

Redmen left behind three young children, including a 1-year-old. Booker is the father of the 1-year-old child, police said. 

Investigators said they identified Booker as a suspect after he posted a Facebook Live video nearly two months after Redman was shot to death. Gunshots can be heard in the video and a police officer is heard yelling "Stop."