SNEAK PEEK: Inside the new Melt Bar & Grilled in Beavercreek

Published: Saturday, May 20, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Don’t expect too much fanfare when the Dayton area’s first Melt Bar & Grilled opens at the Mall at Fairfield Commons on June 12. 

“We don’t really do any sort of grand-opening event,” Melt founder Matt Fish said Friday while standing in Beavercreek’s soon-to-be newest restaurant. “We kind of open the doors and hope for the best.”

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So far, “the best” has been plenty good enough. The Cleveland-based Melt chain has gone from 12 employees in its first restaurant in Lakewood in 2006 to eight locations across northern and central Ohio with more than 400 employees.

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There are no franchise-operated locations. “We are all corporate-owned,” Fish said.

“We’re excited to come to Dayton,” Fish said. “We love coming to new markets.” And if things go well with the Fairfield Commons location, the founder said he will consider adding a second Dayton-area restaurant. 

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The 5,000-square-foot space will seat more than 150 inside and another 45 on a patio. The restaurant will open with 65 to 70 employees. While a job fair last week went a long way toward filling those positions — “We’re almost fully staffed, which is a good sign” — applicants can still apply on-site, Fish said.

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Melt specializes in specialty grilled-cheese sandwiches with many added ingredients — the founder calls it “cool comfort food” — as well as craft beers, specialty cocktails, and an eclectic atmosphere.

A monthly featured sandwich late last year was the 6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon Melt, which consisted of Hickory smoked bacon, black pepper-crusted bacon, maple bourbon glazed smoked pork belly, Italian pancetta, herb cream cheese with bacon bits, house made bacon-infused mayonnaise, sharp cheddar, and romaine and sliced tomato.

There is plenty of attention to detail in the interior and the vibe, right down to the music: a playlist that Fish himself created. And those who get a tattoo that featured a Melt logo can get 25 percent off for life. More than 700 people have done so, and Fish expects that number to go up now that Melt is entering a new market.

The newest Melt is located between another new restaurant, Fusian, and JC Penney, in a cluster that also includes Bravo Cucina Italiano, Chuy’s Tex-Mex and BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse. Other relatively new restaurants in the vicinity include Primanti Bros. and Wandering Griffin.

For more information about Melt, go to the Melt Bar & Grilled Facebook page.

Art supplies found in suspicious package at Beavercreek apartment complex

Published: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @ 5:45 PM

UPDATE @ 7:47 a.m.

A suspicious package of markers and pens caused a two-hour long evacuation of a Beavercreek apartment complex Tuesday evening, according to Beavercreek Police Captain Jeff Fiorita. 

Fiorita said the Dayton Bomb Squad was called after an employee of the Stonebridge Apartments reported a suspicious package on a mailbox in a building at the complex. 

Upon arrival, crews evacuated residents from the building while a remote device was used to open the package. 

Fiorita said no detonation occurred during the call and added that the package holding markers and pens was marked "TNT." 

The supplies in the package looked to be intended for graphic design, according to Fiorita, while both the sender and recipient lived out of state. 

Residents were ordered out of their apartments for over two hours while crews responded, according to Fiorita.

UPDATE @ 7:12 p.m.

No one was injured at a Beavercreek apartment complex after the building was evacuated for a suspicious package, according to dispatchers.

The Dayton Bomb Squad was called earlier Tuesday evening when a suspicious package was reported at Stonebridge Apartments on Stonecastle Drive in Beavercreek.

Dispatchers said crews have since left the apartment complex.

No additional information on the original dispatch or those involved was immediately available, according to dispatchers.


The Dayton Bomb Squad has been called to an apartment building in Beavercreek for a suspicious package. 

According to Montgomery County Regional Dispatch, Beavercreek police requested the bomb squad about 3:15 p.m. 

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We're hearing the building, Stonebridge Apartments, 4481 Stonecastle Drive, is being evacuated. 

There are no reports of any injuries. 

We have a crew on the way. We will update this developing report. 

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7 displaced, no injuries in massive fire at Dayton townhouses

Published: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @ 6:19 PM
Updated: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @ 7:12 PM

UPDATE @ 6:55 p.m.:  Seven occupants have been displaced because of the fire that caused major damage to four townhouses in the 5100 block of Northcrest Drive in Dayton. 

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A woman who said she is a resident there said someone in one of the units was cooking and that may have led to the fire. 

Dayton Fire District Chief Rennes Bowers confirmed that someone cooking food led to the fire that spread into the walls of the units and the common attic area that connects the four townhouses. 

The incident was dispatched just after 6 p.m. on a report of a structure fire with people possibly trapped. Bowers said everyone was out by the time fire crews arrived and a search of the units found no one trapped. 

The seven occupants will have to find alternative housing because the damage is extensive, the district chief said. 

Bowers could not put a dollar estimate on the damage because the investigation is still in its early stages.


Dayton fire has been dispatched on a report of an apartment building fire with entrapment, 5112 Northcrest Drive. 

The incident was called out just after 6 p.m. 

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LA Fitness in Florida tests positive for Legionella

Published: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @ 6:49 PM

Legionella pneumophila bacteria, illustration.

At least one of the Central Florida LA Fitness gyms the state health department linked to four cases of Legionnaires’ disease tested positive for Legionella bacteria.

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The Orange County Health Department reported that multiple samples from local LA Fitness came back positive.

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Officials are still waiting to get the results from the LA Fitness in Metro West in unincorporated Hunters Creek.

Legionella can cause two illnesses, including Legionnaires' disease, which is a rare but serious form pneumonia. 

The affected gym will have to consult with a water systems management company.

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Earlier this year, three members of the LA Fitness in Ocoee were sickened by Legionnaires’ disease, but test results came back negative for the Legionella bacteria.

In Orange County, LA Fitness gyms were also linked to the disease in 2008 and 2010.

ProPublica: Local drug maker’s opiate addiction shot becoming drug court standard

Published: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @ 7:23 PM

Alkermes, a Wilmington company, is the sole producer of a new FDA-approved drug, Vivitrol, used to treat substance abuse.
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Alkermes, a pharmaceutical manufacturer with a plant located in Wilmington, is the subject of an expose on over its anti-addiction drug Vivitrol. 

According to author Alec MacGillis, Alkermes began aggressively marketing the drug and began aiming for federal and state funding, all while the drug became a popular staple in drug courts across the state.

In 2016 the state paid $38 million for Vivitrol doses through Medicaid, the number is expected to rise exponentially this year. With many viewing Suboxene, another medical treatment for opiate addiction, as a mask; Vivitrol gained popularity after it won FDA approval and began courting state and local officials, including judges at drug courts. The drug is popular in Ohio, with 30,000 doses rendered in 2016 alone. Its use has grown with 450 public initiatives in 39 states using the drug to fight opiate addiction.

ProPublica’s article concerned drug courts offering Vivitrol regimens in place of felony counts. The testing of the drug is also a controversy, as much of it was done in Russia, and there’s little known about addicts who complete the program or drop out for not keeping up with their court-rendered regimen.