‘The Famous’ restaurant from Doubleday’s owners is now open -- and here’s the menu

Published: Tuesday, March 06, 2018 @ 11:37 AM

The Famous Restaurant is now open in Centerville

The Dayton area’s newest dining destination — “The Famous Restaurant” from the owners of Doubleday’s Grill and Tavern — is now open for business in south Centerville.

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The new restaurant in the former Paddy’s Irish Grill at 953 S. Main St. in Centerville is an homage of sorts to the earlier generations of restaurant operators in the family of Jon, Steve and Stephanie Thomas, who own the Doubleday’s pubs in Centerville and Springboro. Their family operated a restaurant called “The Famous” in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, that earlier generations of their family ran more than six decades ago.

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The menu has a throwback comfort-food feel. Slow-cooked pot roast pops up in various locations on the menu, from a topping on the “Pot Roast Burger” to the new restaurant’s take on a Hot Shot called the Pot Shot, to a topping on French Fries or Tater Tots (“almost Poutine”). It can also be ordered as a topping for salad.

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Some of The Famous Restaurant’s other “House Favorites” as identified on the menu include Fish & Chips; a “Pottsville Style Coney Burger” with two patties topped with chili, grilled onions and white cheddar cheese; Famous Bone-In Wings, Breaded Boneless Wings and Naked Grilled Boneless Wings; a “Shoulder B.L.T.” that uses pecan-wood-smoked shoulder bacon; and Golden Nugget Chicken & Waffles, a nod to the popular Kettering Golden Nugget Pancake House that another branch of the owners’ family owns and operates.

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The new restaurant’s retail space, just south of Spring Valley Pike on Ohio 48, operated for 13 years as an Irish-themed pub, the first 10 years as Beef O’Brady’s, then briefly as Tavern on the Main, and more recently as Paddy’s Irish Pub. Paddy’s shut down in April 2017.

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According to The Republican-Herald — the newspaper in Pottsville, PA — The Famous shut down in June 2016. It operated as The Famous Diner from the late 1960s until closing in the late 1970s, was leased out to a health-insurance company for several years, and reopened as The Famous Bar in 1992. A restaurant called Wheel, which specializes in grilled cheese sandwiches, opened in the space after The Famous closed.

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Doubleday’s operates a long-standing restaurant in the Cross Pointe Center in Centerville, and last year, the Thomases launched a second Doubleday’s in the Settler’s Walk retail center in Springboro. 

The restaurant is open from 11 a.m.-11 p.m., seven days a week.

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WHAT: The Famous

WHERE: 953 S. Main St., Centerville

HOURS: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. daily

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Winter Weather Advisory issued: Accumulating snow, high winds expected

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 3:57 AM
Updated: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 1:03 PM

Here is the latest look at timing and totals of the snow.


  • Winter Weather Advisory for entire region from 8 p.m. Tuesday to 8 p.m. Wednesday
  • Stray shower through the afternoon and breezy
  • Rain changes to snow from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. 
  • Accumulating snow and gusty winds through Wednesday morning

>>Track the latest conditions with Live Doppler 7 Radar

>>UPDATING: School and business delays and closings


TUESDAY: A Winter Weather Advisory will go into effect for the entire region starting at 8 p.m. tonight. 

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High temperatures will reach around 40 degrees this afternoon and will fall into the lower 30s by evening, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. 

Some passing showers, mainly cold rain, through the rest of the day but some could see sleet. 

The next round of precipitation will start around the evening commute, but closer to sunset, Zontini said. Snow will be widespread and will accumulate through the overnight as temperatures drop into the upper 20s with wind gusts between 25 and 35 mph. 

Graphic by Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini

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WEDNESDAY: A messy morning commute is expected with temperatures in the 20s and snow still falling. Winds will still gust around 30 mph, so blowing, drifting, and poor visibility are possible. 

Overall most of the Miami Valley will end up with around 3 to 4-inches of snow with some areas seeing closer to 4 to 6-inches, Zontini said. 

Snow will taper off around noon but it’ll be breezy for the rest of the day with mostly cloudy skies and highs in the mid-30s. Chilly temperatures overnight drop to the low 20s. 

Graphic by Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini

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THURSDAY: Refreeze or lingering snowy roads are possible early since temperatures will be in the low 20s. However, they’ll be big improvements through the day as sunshine returns and temperatures peak in the low 40s. Expect it to be dry throughout the entire day. 

>> 5-Day Forecast

FRIDAY: A sunny start with clouds increasing through the day. Highs will peak in the mid-40s as passing showers develop overnight. 

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

SATURDAY: Morning temperatures starting in the upper 20s could mean a brief wintry mix. Rain showers through the afternoon may end as wet snow. Highs reach in the low 40s. 

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Maryland school shooting: Gunman killed, 2 injured at Great Mills High School

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 11:34 AM
Updated: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 11:34 AM

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A student who opened fire on a classmate at Maryland’s Great Mills High School died Tuesday morning after injuring two people, St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron said at a news conference.

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Austin explosions: 2nd suspicious package found after blast at Texas FedEx facility

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 12:36 PM
Updated: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 12:36 PM

Package Explodes At FedEx Facility In Shertz,Texas

A package destined for Austin exploded early Tuesday at a FedEx ground delivery facility in Schertz, northeast of San Antonio, according to federal authorities.

San Antonio Police Chief William McManus told the Austin American-Statesman that a second suspicious package was found at the facility and taken by authorities for further investigation.

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Centerville rezones church property to become new Sinclair location

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 12:41 PM

Centerville City Council has rezoned the Far Hills Church property that could become a Sinclair Community College learning center.
Centerville City Council has rezoned the Far Hills Church property that could become a Sinclair Community College learning center.

Centerville City Council has approved the rezoning of a local church to be used as a new learning center for a Dayton community college.

Far Hills Church on Clyo Road has been rezoned to allow for it to become a new Sinclair Community College location. The college has been seeking to purchase the church and the nearly 40 acres it sits on since July.

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Sinclair officials had said they hoped to close on the property by the end of March but due to a 30-day period and a few more things to finalize, the school may not officially close on the property until sometime in April, spokesman Adam Murka told this news organization.

Centerville Deputy Mayor Belinda Kenley tweeted a photo of Sinclair president Steve Johnson speaking to Centerville City Council on Monday evening. Johnson later replied on Twitter by saying “Thank you so much. We will work to make you proud!!!”

“We are excited about the potential to increase our presence in the southern Montgomery corridor,” Murka said on Tuesday. “There’s still some stages to go before the project becomes final but we appreciate the support of centervile City Council.”

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In January, the state controlling board approved Sinclair’s request to spend more than $9.6 million on the church.

The church, located at 5800 Clyo Road, is a 100,000-square-foot facility that already has around 20 classrooms already, Sinclair officials have said.

The building, less than a mile from I-675 and near Wilmington Pike, also includes a childcare facility, a coffee shop and cafe area, a kitchen, two gymnasiums and an auditorium that seats 1,500 people, according to documents provided by Sinclair.

The new learning center will likely have most general education classes and possibly other offerings, officials have said.

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