FOOD DEAL: You won’t believe the price for all-you-can-eat BBQ tacos every Wednesday

Published: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 @ 11:02 AM


Tacos’ favorite night is officially moving to Wednesdays. 

Smoky Bones Bar and Fire Grill is changing “Taco Tuesday” to “Taco Wednesday.” No big deal, right? Wrong. They’re also making it unlimited taco Wednesday. Game changer.

Every Wednesday after 9 p.m., all-you-can-eat tacos are now a very real thing at Smokey Bones, 6744 Miller Ln. Dayton, Ohio. 

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Smokey Bones’ “BBQ street tacos are made from the choicest meats, slow smoked for 9 hours or grilled over an open fire,” according to a press release.

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For $11.99, the restaurant is daring you to woof-down as many smoked Pulled Pork, Smoked Brisket, Choice Steak or Grilled Chicken tacos as you can

Note: you’ll need to purchase a drink to unlock all the unlimited goodness. 

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This late-night deal is just what you needed after a spontaneous weeknight out, or if you happened to miss taco Tuesday for the 9th time in a row. 

Still no winner of Queen of Hearts record jackpot

Published: Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 9:24 AM
Updated: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 10:00 PM

Stiil no winner in Ansonia Queen of Hearts

UPDATE @ 10 p.m. (Oct. 19)

The jackpot grows to more than $350,000 after there was still no winner tonight for the Queen of Hearts game of chance at The Whistle Stop in Ansonia.

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There are now 13 cards remaining for the next drawing, which is set for 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28.

UPDATE @ 9:30 p.m. (Oct. 12)

Tonight there was still not a winner for the Queen of Hearts drawing at The Whistle Stop in Ansonia.

There are now 14 cards remaining for the next drawing.

UPDATE @ 9:40 p.m. (Oct. 5)

Once again, there is no winner for tonight’s Queen of Hearts drawing at The Whistle Stop in Ansonia.

Ansonia raffle

There now are 15 cards remaining, with another drawing set for next Thursday.

Queen of Hearts is a legal game of chance in which the person holding the winning ticket pulled during a raffle has a chance to pick the Queen of Hearts from the remaining cards in the deck, according to Daryl Riffle, father of the owner of the Whistle Stop, 200 S. Main St.

UPDATE @ 9:54 p.m. (Sept. 28): No one won the record $350,000 jackpot in the Queen of Hearts drawing.

There now are only 16 cards remaining and the owner of The Whistle Stop in Ansonia said the weekly drawing will continue until someone wins.

UPDATE @8:15 a.m. (Sept. 28)

There’s another Queen of Hearts drawing at The Whistle Stop in Ansonia tonight, and the jackpot is estimated to be around $340,000.

Tickets will be sold up until 8:30 p.m. The drawing will happen around 9 p.m.


UPDATE @ 10:15 p.m. (Sept. 21):  Once again, there was no winner tonight in the Queen of Hearts drawing for a jackpot estimated at more than $326,000.

There are 17 cards remaining.

UPDATE @ 6 a.m. (Sept. 21):

There will be another Queen of Hearts drawing tonight at The Whistle Stop in Ansonia.

Last week, the jackpot was estimated to be $330,000.

Queen of Hearts is a legal game of chance, where the person holding the winning ticket pulled during a raffle has a chance to pick the Queen of Hearts from the remaining cards in the deck, according to Daryl Riffle, father of the owner of the Whistle Stop, 200 S. Main St.

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UPDATE @ 9:25 p.m. (Sept. 14): 

Sorry, no winner in tonight’s jackpot drawing.

UPDATE @ 6:21 p.m. (Sept. 14):

There will be another Queen of Hearts drawing at The Whistle Stop restaurant in Ansonia tonight.

The jackpot is estimated to be $330,000. The drawing will happen at 9 p.m.

Queen of Hearts is a legal game of chance, where the person holding the winning ticket pulled during a raffle has a chance to pick the Queen of Hearts from the remaining cards in the deck, according to Daryl Riffle, father of the owner of the Whistle Stop, 200 S. Main St.


UPDATE @ 9:17 p.m. (Aug. 31):

No one won tonight’s drawing. 

Andrew Riffle, owner of The Whistle Stop and one of the chief organizers of the drawing, said he has heard that people from all over the state -- and Kentucky -- have been coming to Ansonia for the drawing, which now he guesses is in its 31st week.

"We're ready for somebody to walk away with a lot of money," he told News Center 7's James Buechele on Thursday night. 

"If not, we'll keep going until somebody hits it." 

Next week's drawing will be postponed because of a race event at Eldora Speedway that brings in about 40,000 fans. Riffle said Queen of Hearts organizers are going to let the sheriff's office concentrate on that event at Eldora. 

He said he's lost a lot of sleep running the drawing. Two or three hours a night these days is good for him, he said. 

"We're ready for it to be over," Riffle said. 

"We've gotten the exposure we wanted." The charities for which the event was created have done well, he noted, having attracted more than $50,000 in donations. 

When someone wins the jackpot, Riffle said the drawing will take a break until Spring 2018.  

Jim Moore said he bought "plenty" of tickets for his first turn at the jackpot. He traveled to Ansonia from Fort Loramie and thought tonight would be his lucky night.


The jackpot for the Queen of Hearts game at The Whistle Stop restaurant in Ansonia is estimated to be around $300,000 when the business draws tonight’s winning ticket for a chance at the pot, according to the business.

The drawing has grown so large that the business has been working with local law enforcement agencies to keep employees, customers and residents safe during the event.

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Tickets for the game are $1 each and sales are cut off at 8:45 p.m. Thursday. The winning ticket will be selected at 9 p.m., Riffle said.

The business also has a 53-foot semi trailer that will be used to project tonight’s Ohio State Buckeyes football game on.

Ansonia police and the Darke County Sheriff’s Office will be supplying extra patrols for tonight’s event.

The Whistle Stop started the Queen of Hearts game at the business last year and are currently on the third game since it began, Riffle said.

FOOD DEAL: How to get a $3 burrito from Chipotle on Halloween

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Chipotle restaurant workers fill orders for customers on the day that the company announced it will only use non-GMO ingredients in its food on April 27, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Chipotle restaurant workers fill orders for customers on the day that the company announced it will only use non-GMO ingredients in its food on April 27, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Chipotle is known for dishing out food deals to its fans. 

Buy one get one burrito free at Chipotle this summer if you create your own custom mega mix at Chipotle.com. Source: Chipotle Facebook

The latest “Boorito” offer is a $3 burrito, bowl, salad or order of tacos from 3 p.m. to close on Halloween. You can stop by any Chipotle to get your food, but here’s the catch: you’ve got to be in costume.

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Here’s further fine print about the definition of “costume” on Chipotle’s website

“Determination of whether a ‘costume’ qualifies for the offer is at the sole discretion of Chipotle restaurant personnel. Applicable taxes to be added to $3 purchase price. Additional restrictions may apply; void where prohibited.” 

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You can also get a chance to win a year of FREE burritos by texting BOORITO to 888222 by Oct. 31. 

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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Owner of Gilly’s willing to sell downtown Dayton club

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 2:26 PM

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The owner of an iconic downtown music venue says the future of his business is very uncertain.

Gerald “Jerry” Gillotti, the owner of Gilly’s Jazz at 132 S. Jefferson St., said he has a month-to-month agreement for that property with the city of Dayton.

As much as he would like to continue, Gillotti says he has faced reality. 

“I am 80 years old,” he said. “I don’t have the health or the stamina or the years left or days left.”

Gillotti was robbed and viciously attacked at his club around 4 p.m. on March 16, 2016. He suffered a serious brain injury. 
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He says he has not fully recovered and relies on his wife for transportation. 

His brother helps him run Gilly’s. 

Benefit being planned for attacked business owner Jerry Gillotti of Gilly's. (Source: Archive)

Gillotti says he has entertained four recent offers to sell the business, but none of the offers were good. The business is not officially listed for sale, he said. 

The month-to-month agreement with the city also compromises matters, he said. 

Reached via text, Toni Bankston, the city of Dayton’s chief communication officer, said that Gillotti some time ago told city officials about his plans to eventually sell Gilly’s and have the new owner assume his lease. 

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“The city policy would not allow a new owner to simply assume the lease,” she said. “So we agreed to give the current owner a lease that is month-to-month. This would make it easier if and when the property needs to be turned over.”

Gillotti’s last lease with the city ended in May. 

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The business has operated in the space since 1972. It has hosted a list of artists, including Tony BennettB.B. King and John Lee Hooker

“I’ve had every jazz artist in the world,” he said. 

The Dayton Blues Society recently canceled its winter blues showcase at Gilly’s scheduled for Jan. 13. Gillotti said he could not guarantee his business would still be open. 

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Jerry Gillotti(Staff photo by Darin Pope)

The uncertainty of the month-to-month arrangement has also made it difficult for him to book bands in the future. He would have to front money, assuming the business would still be there. 

“I can’t be tied up with a month-to-month,” he said. 

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Because Gilly’s is a “show bar” as opposed to a traditional bar, Gillotti said he often has to pay acts up to 50 percent in advance to perform. 

Despite his current predicament, Gillotti said he can’t complain. 

I’ve had (45) years, and they have been good years,” he said. “I haven’t made a lot of money to be honest with you, but it is a passion to present the music in the right way.”  

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Gillotti at his club in 1977.(Contributed)