Centerville restaurant to reopen under new name

Published: Monday, June 10, 2013 @ 8:21 AM
Updated: Monday, June 10, 2013 @ 8:21 AM

CENTERVILLE — The former Savona Restaurant & Wine Bar at 79 S. Main St. (Ohio 48) — closed since March 14, when a crash sent a car careening through an exterior wall — is poised to reopen Tuesday with a new name: The Twisted Root Restaurant.

Keith Taylor, the chef and driving force behind Savona, and his wife Jenifer will be the sole owners of Twisted Root, which will have a slightly more casual concept — no more white linen tablecloths — and a revamped menu. Some of the favorites from Savona, including the Seared Ahi Tuna “Nachos” and Brie Flatbread with applewood-smoked bacon, apples, spinach and balsamic glaze, will be retained, Taylor said. New dishes will include Chicken & Waffles, Grilled Shrimp Cocktail and Fried Green Tomato Salad.

Taylor has hired a chef de cuisine, Pete Zorotovic, so he can be more visible in the front of the house. The new hire will also accommodate the restaurant’s expansion into catering and hosting special events, Taylor said.

Twisted Root will open with 14 employees, including several holdovers from Savona, Taylor said. It will seat about 80 people. Taylor is developing a craft-beer list and a bourbon list to complement the restaurant’s wine list. Local artists will display their work on the restaurant’s walls, and Twisted Root will source many of its ingredients from local growers, Taylor said.

When it opens this week, Twisted Root’s hours will be Tuesday through Thursday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., closed Sunday and Monday. Taylor said he is considering expanding hours to include lunch service, perhaps later this year.

For more information, call (937) 610-9835 or check out the Twisted Root Restaurant Facebook page.

Fire ravages historic building near bike trail in downtown Loveland

Published: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 11:23 AM

A massive fire overnight damaged a historic building in Loveland in a popular part of the city for shopping and outdoor activities.

West Loveland Avenue near the Little Miami Scenic Bike Trail is closed to pedestrians and motorists as Loveland-Symmes firefighters continue working after responding to the fire call around 1:30 a.m., according to our news partner in Cincinnati, WCPO-Ch. 9.

Flames spread from one end to the other of a mixed retail and residential building that has been renovated several times, according to WCPO’s report.

Everyone escaped the building and there were no reports of injuries, although a firefighter was overcome with exhaustion while fighting the flames, according to WCPO’s report.

Deputy Chief Billy Goldfeder told the media outlet the part of the building that sustained the most fire damage did not have a sprinkler system, and the side that did have sprinklers sustained water damage.

The cause is under investigation and the city engineer’s office has been called to determine whether the building is structurally sound.

Dayton crews respond to structure fire on Grove Avenue

Published: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 9:35 AM

Crews in Dayton were called to a structure fire in the 300 block of Grove Avenue.

The fire was reported around 9:14 a.m.

We’ll update this story as more information becomes available.

Downtown traffic moving slowly after cars collide at intersection

Published: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 8:41 AM

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Traffic is moving slowly in downtown Dayton after two cars collided at the intersection of Main Street and Monument Avenue.

Dispatchers said an unknown number of injured motorists have been taken to the hospital. 

No roads are closed in the area as Dayton police officers clear the scene. 

We are working to learn what caused the crash and how many people have been injured.

Power restored to thousands in Huber Heights after car splits utility pole

Published: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 6:42 AM

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UPDATE @ 8:15 a.m.

Power has been restored to thousands of homes that experienced outages Sunday morning after a crash in Huber Heights. 

All but 10 homes in Montgomery County have power, according to a DP&L outage map. 

Reports indicate a driver was taken to Grandview Medical Center with unknown injuries. 

Dispatchers said only one vehicle was involved in the crash and police have since left the area.

UPDATE @ 7:10 a.m.

Power has been restored to traffic lights on Old Troy Pike between Fishburg and Needmore Roads in Huber Heights. 

Over 1,600 homes remain without power in Montgomery County, according to a DP&L outage map. 

Nearly 3,000 homes lost power when a car split a pole at the intersection of Powell and Endicott roads, according to DP&L.


Multiple power outages have been reported after a car crashed into a power pole on Powell Road in Huber Heights, according to dispatchers. 

Dispatchers said multiple homes have lost power and stop lights on Old Troy Pike between Fishburg and Needmore roads are not operating. 

Huber Heights police and a DP&L crew are at the scene of the crash near the intersection of Powell and Endicott Roads. 

Nearly 3,000 homes in the Miami Valley are without power, according to a DP&L outage map, 

Around 5:46 a.m. a main line circuit lost power after the car crashed into the power pole, splitting it in two, according to DP&L Director of Operations Kelly Millhouse. 

Millhouse said an unknown number of homes will be without power until the pole is replaced later today. 

Initial reports indicate an ambulance has taken the injured driver from the scene.