Bibibop to double its restaurant footprint within months

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

Odidi Odidi, Rachel Newbury and Stephanie Bleile of Bibibop Asian Grill discussed the restaurant ahead of opening at the Butler County Liberty Center development. NICK GRAHAM AND CHELSEY LEVINGSTON

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.

RELATED: Bibibop sets opening date for its first Dayton-area restaurant

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.

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(Staff Writer)

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.

RELATED: New restaurant space in the works on SR 725 in Washington Twp.

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.

Former President George W. Bush cracks joke, Obama gets the giggles during speech

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 10:42 PM

(L-R) Former United States Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama address the audience during the 'Deep from the Heart: The One America Appeal Concert' at Reed Arena on the campus of Texas A&M University on October 21, 2017 in College Station, Texas.  (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for Ford Motor Company)
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(L-R) Former United States Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama address the audience during the 'Deep from the Heart: The One America Appeal Concert' at Reed Arena on the campus of Texas A&M University on October 21, 2017 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for Ford Motor Company)(Rick Kern/Getty Images for Ford Motor Comp)

Five former presidents joined forces to raise money at a hurricane relief benefit on Saturday, but it was George W. Bush’s whispered joke to Barack Obama that had the internet talking.

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Bush and Obama joined Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter for the “Deep From the Heart: The One America Appeal” at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, to raise money for hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

While Clinton was speaking, the younger Bush leaned over and cracked a joke to Obama. Whatever he said must have been pretty funny because Obama couldn’t stop laughing, and the internet loved the lighthearted moment.

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The moment had people on the internet weighing in on the exchange, and the reactions were as awesome as you’d expect.

One flown to hospital from scene of Champaign Co. multi-car crash

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 7:29 PM

Jim Pancoast, President and CEO of Premier Health, speaks during a christening of the new Careflight medical helicopter was held on the helipad of Miami Valley Hospital Wednesday, Sept. 3 in Dayton.  Michael Franz / Staff
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Jim Pancoast, President and CEO of Premier Health, speaks during a christening of the new Careflight medical helicopter was held on the helipad of Miami Valley Hospital Wednesday, Sept. 3 in Dayton. Michael Franz / Staff(HANDOUT)

A medical helicopter is responding to the scene of a three-car crash in Champaign County Monday evening.

Champaign County dispatchers said a crews were sent to the 4000 block of U.S. 68 in Urbana Twp. around 6:30 p.m. 

A semi is involved in the crash and at least one person is being flown from the scene. 

Dispatchers said it is unknown what led to the crash or how many victims are reported at the scene. 

A portion of U.S. 68 has reopened after briefly closing as crews responded. 

We will update this story with new details when available.

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Land owners turn out to hear plans for County Road 25-A area in Miami County

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 8:47 AM
Updated: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 10:11 PM

Public meeting planned for developing I-75 interchange

UPDATE @ 10 p.m.): Property owners and interested citizens attended the first of at least two public meetings tonight pertaining to a study being conducted in Miami County. 

The study focuses on the future of an undeveloped interchange off I-75 and County Road 25-A, between Piqua and Troy. 

The area under study includes 3,000 acres. 

Consultants from Burton Planning Services of Westerville, Ohio, will return with their recommendations within the next couple months.

The county contract with Burton Planning was for $48,000. There are seven interchanges on I-75 through Miami County. The one under study is the only exit that remains rural.

Residents and land owners attended a public meeting Monday night about the undeveloped interchange of the interstate and County Road 25-A between Piqua and Troy. (Steve Baker/Staff)

INITIAL REPORT

A community meeting on the future of the County Road 25A area between Troy and Piqua will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday at Troy Junior High School, 556 Adams St.

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The Miami County commissioners hired Burton Planning Services earlier this year to help conduct a study of the future of the area bordered to the south by Troy, to the north by Piqua, to the west by Washington Road and to the east by the Great Miami River. 

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The area also includes the undeveloped area near Exit 78 of Interstate 75.

For more information, contact ROsgood@MiamiCountyOhio.gov or DSuerdieck@Miami-CountyOhio.gov.

Florida police find body of missing 3-year-old in water-holding tank

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 4:26 PM

Body Of Missing Toddler Found In Water-Holding Tank

Police say a 3-year-old boy from Arlington, Florida, who went missing Sunday while attending a birthday party with friends and family, was found hours later in an underground water-holding tank.

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Police said Amari Harley was reported missing around 4:45 p.m. Sunday after family searched for him when they could not locate him at a large family gathering at Bruce Park in Jacksonville, Florida.

Investigators said they got a tip to check an underground water-holding tank inside the park, which they said is large enough for a small child to slip into. 

Once the tank was drained, investigators located the body of a small child that matched the description of Amari. Police announced that the boy's body had been found around 8:45 p.m.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of the boy. 

“During the short investigation, we have attempted to make contact with everyone that was at the park during the time Amari went missing. We have spoken to numerous witnesses that were present. However, due to the size of the park and the multiple events going on at the time, we believe there are others that may have pertinent information that could assist detectives in this case,” authorities said. 

A spokesperson for Mayor Lenny Curry released a statement Monday saying the city is assisting in the investigation into Amari’s death.

The city will be also be investigating how Amari got into the water tank, according to the spokesperson.

“We are incredibly saddened by this tragedy. As JSO conducts its investigation, the city is assisting them by providing any information that will lead to a thorough and full review. The safety and security of visitors to city parks are paramount. The city will also be inspecting how this tragedy occurred, to ensure that all City parks are safe and secure,” the spokesperson said.

Amari’s loved ones told Action News Jax that they don’t understand how he got inside a water tank at the park.

City employees worked Monday to place new coverings on the tank.

Read more at ActionNewsJax.com