Dayton-area company to open 60 restaurants in California 

Published: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 @ 1:47 PM

Pizza wars rage on throughout the Miami Valley

A locally-based restaurant is preparing to open 60 stores in the Golden State.

Ray Wiley, the entrepreneur behind Hot Head Burritos and Sumera Sushi, said California has been added to the long list of states where his Rapid Fired Pizza will open. 

As food writer Mark Fisher first reported on July 5, the company recently signed a 

deal with David Perez of San Antonio, Texas that indicates plans to open 44 stores in the Lone Star state. 

>> MORE: Local pizza chain to open 44 new locations in Texas

The Kettering-based pizza business and a developer plan to open 60 franchise stores in California as part of a 10 years deal, Wiley said. 

He said five or so stores will be open in the middle of the state within the year. 

Ray Wiley is co-founder of Rapid Fired Pizza. File photo by LISA POWELL / STAFF(Staff Writer)

He said he could not disclose the developer’s name because the contract is under negotiation. 

Rapid Fired signed agreements in April with two developers to add as many as 175 new locations in Kentucky, Indiana, North Carolina and South Carolina.

>> MORE : Kettering-based Rapid Fired Pizza to expand with 175 new locations

The pizza restaurant has opened 16 new restaurants in 18 months, and has another 13 under construction.

>> MORE: Hot Head founder launching quick-pizza concept

Wiley said as many as 30 new restaurants are expected to be open this year. Another 25 are expected to be added in 2018. 

“We have just tons of activity going on right now,” Wiley said. 

He said franchisees are looking for Rapid Fired locations in several states.     

Rapid Fired uses a quick-service concept, featuring a serving line in which customers pick out the toppings for their 11-inch thin-crust or 9-inch pan pizza. 

“We have really good food,” Wiley said. “It is a really good concept.” 

>> MORE: Pizza wars poised to re-ignite with ‘fast-casual’ chains eyeing SW Ohio

The newest Rapid Fired Pizza has opened in Hilliard. SUBMITTED(Staff Writer)

FREE PIZZA: Kettering restaurant offering special deal this week

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 1:09 PM

Pizza wars rage on throughout the Miami Valley

The Dayton area’s only PIZZAFIRE restaurant will offer free pies as part of “Customer Appreciation Free Pizza Day” this Friday, Oct. 20.

Those who follow PIZZAFIRE on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram can obtain a free pizza with up to 3 toppings between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. Friday, according to a spokeswoman for the fast-bake pizza chain. The restaurant is located at 4325 Far Hills Ave. (Ohio 48) in Kettering.

>> New pizza chain to launch its first Dayton-area location in Kettering (March 2016)

The Kettering PIZZAFIRE opened on Aug. 30, 2016.

>> Pizza wars poised to re-ignite with ‘fast-casual’ chains eyeing SW Ohio (October 2015)

Cleveland-based PizzaFire has a fast-serve, built-to-order service line similar to Chipotle and Subway, offering diners the choice of 40 toppings, six sauces, and five cheeses on a pie that is placed into an 800-degree and cooked in three minutes.

>> RELATED: PizzaFire sets opening date for Kettering restaurant

The concept is similar to Kettering-based Rapid Fired Pizza — which launched in late 2015 and now has multiple locations throughout the Dayton area — and Seattle-based MOD Pizza, which has opened its first two Dayton-area locations in Englewood and Centerville.

Dayton: Get a light or risk getting a ticket

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 2:48 PM


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Riding a bicycle at night without a light isn’t just dangerous — it’s against the law.

Since 2015, about 125 people have faced charges in Dayton Municipal Court for not having the proper bicycle signaling devices, which includes lamps mounted on either the front of the bike or its operator, according to court data.

But bicyclists can obtain free front and rear bike lights between 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday during the “Lights on Bike Night” event to be held at the Wright Stop Plaza Link Station at 1 S. Main St. and RiverScape MetroPark.

The program is intended to increase the awareness about the need for bike lights. It is being put on by Bike Miami Valley, the Dayton Police Department and the Major Taylor Cycling Club of Dayton. Lights will be provided by the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission.

Oops: One year later, Kettering library’s driveway rebuilt

Published: Tuesday, October 10, 2017 @ 4:18 PM
Updated: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 1:49 PM

NewsCenter 7's Lauren Clark takes a look at a potential traffic problem near a Kettering library

Taxpayers are footing the bill for a rebuilt driveway entrance to the Dayton Metro Library Kettering-Moraine branch after library officials deemed the year-old roadway to be hazardous.

The driveway design met code, but was the cause of accidents and complaints, said library spokeswoman Jayne Klose.

“Code is one thing, but how it is working is another,” Klose said. “The big issue we’re having is the rate of speed. People are turning in too fast.”

RELATED: Kettering one of four libraries opening, Miamisburg project starting 

The repairs at the library, located at 3496 Far Hills Ave., will cost the library $24,200, and will be paid out of a bond issue contingency fund for the project. The city paid $6,000 to move and reconstruct a rainwater catch basin, but that was already in the city’s plans, Kettering City Engineer Steve Bergstresser said.

Klose said a woman’s wheel came off in September after she took the turn and hit something in the driveway, which is divided by a plant-filled concrete median. Another driver unsuccessfully sought compensation after her vehicle was damaged when she hit a bump.

“Our insurance said there was no liability in that situation,” Klose said. “The driveway is made to code.”

Bergstresser said the driveway design didn’t take into consideration that the city storm sewer catch basin was in the radius of where people turned into the library. Drivers were going up on the curb and striking the catch basin, he said.

Check out our Sky7 Drone video of the traffic problems around a Kettering library.

Bergstresser said long-term city plans had included moving that catch basin, but the library’s driveway problems moved up the timetable. The work, which includes adding a second catch basin to accommodate rainwater flow, was done at city expense, he said.

Workers from Diamond Concrete and Excavating began reconstructing the library driveway apron on Monday. The bump is being removed and the turning radius widened, Klose said.

Drivers are to temporarily enter at the Carlyle House entrance next door until the project is done, which is expected to be by Oct. 17, Klose said.

The Kettering branch opened in October 2016 after a $5.98 million, year-long renovation. Voters in 2012 approved a property tax bond issue to revamp the Dayton Metro Library system.

RELATED: Downtown Dayton Metro Library grand opening cheered

Klose said the Kettering branch design was limited by the need to stay within the existing property footprint and to close the old entrance driveway to the south because of a telephone pole that had also been the source of accidents. The library’s former exit driveway was converted into a library entrance and a two-way exit that is shared with the Carlyle House.

“We made the best use of the land we had,” said Klose. “I think people had hoped we’d be able to do more than the landlocked place allowed.”

RELATED: 5 things people are saying about the new downtown Dayton Metro Library

New chairman to lead Vectren Dayton Air Show

Published: Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 9:26 AM
Updated: Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 10:24 AM


            Military aircraft fill the ramp at the Vectren Dayton Air Show. TY GREENLEES / STAFF FILE PHOTO
            Ty Greenlees
Military aircraft fill the ramp at the Vectren Dayton Air Show. TY GREENLEES / STAFF FILE PHOTO(Ty Greenlees)

A new chairman will take the controls of the Vectren Dayton Air Show.

Scott Buchanan, CEO of the Ohio Masonic Home in Springfield, was chosen as chairman of the U.S. Air and Trade Show, which operates the airshow. He replaces Michael Emoff, who was Dayton Air Show chairman between 2005 to 2017.

VIDEO: Highlights from the 2017 Vectren Dayton Air Show

Buchanan has been on the air show’s governing board since 2012, serving as both vice treasurer and a member of the executive committee. Buchanan has “extensive experience” in finance and management, organizers said.

Emoff was the longest serving chairman in the history of the air show.

“It’s hard to leave a post that you’re really comfortable in, but it’s just somebody else’s turn to enjoy this particular spot,” he said in an interview.

The outgoing chairman will remain on the board. He said changes under his tenure brought more stability to the air show as did canceling an unprofitable trade show at the expo center at Dayton International Airport in 2005 and 2006.

When he joined the board in 1999, he said, “We were not doing well. The shows were tough and sustainability was tough” and the trade show was struggling.

“When I took over, we started to build our way up to a much more manageable show,” he said. “Even in a bad show (with low attendance), we would break even or make money even without jet teams.”

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The air show has battled fluctuating attendance in recent years because of weather and most recently dealt with the unexpected cancellation of headline performers the Navy Blue Angels in 2016 after a team member’s fatal crash in Tennessee and the Air Force Thunderbirds in June after a jet mishap before the Dayton Air Show show injured a pilot at Dayton International Airport.

The Blue Angels are scheduled to return to the air show next year.

The weekend air show has about a $3 million economic impact and attracts up to 75,000 spectators a year.