5 things to know about the new Duck Donuts coming to the area

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 5:30 AM

More than 4,700 people from 39 states traveled and completed the Butler County Donut Trail during its first year, resulting in an economic impact of nearly $1 million for the county.

Duck Donuts is opening its fourth Ohio location this April at 5635 Deerfield Blvd. in Deerfield Twp.’s Deerfield Towne Center.

The franchise specializes in warm, made-to-order doughnuts. Customers may choose from a variety of topping combinations, including traditional flavors such as vanilla icing with sprinkles and more adventurous creations such as maple icing with bacon.

Here are five things to know about the soon-to-open doughnut destination.

1. It offers step-by-step culinary creativity

Duck Donuts experiences start with a signature vanilla cake doughnut. Customers then choose to coat it with options like cinnamon sugar, powdered sugar, glazed, icing or bare and then top it with sprinkles, graham cracker, peanuts, shredded coconut, Oreo crumbles and more.

Finally, customers drizzle their creation with hot fudge, marshmallow, salted caramel, raspberry or blackberry. If you don’t want to customize it yourself, they offer pre-created flavor combos aimed at simplifying the ordering process.

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Duck Donut stores feature a viewing area where customers can watch their sweet treats being made.

Duck Donuts is gearing up to open its first Warren County location in Deerfield Twp.’s Deerfield Towne Center. STAFF FILE PHOTO

2. It offers more than just doughnuts

Hungering for more than just a doughnut? Duck Donuts also offers doughnut sundaes featuring a warm doughnut with your choice of coating, topped with a scoop of Breyers Ice Cream and finished with a flavored drizzle.

There’s also breakfast sandwiches, like the OBX Donut Breakfast Sandwich, which allows customers to add egg, cheese, sausage or bacon, and then envelop it between a sliced doughnut. Those looking to dine on an extra-indulgent option may cap off the entire creation off with some glaze and bacon crumbles.

Duck Donuts also serves signature coffee blends Riptide Roast, Light House Blend and Sunset Pier Decaf, with new special seasonal flavors changing throughout the year.

3. The “Duck” in its name is a reference to where it was founded

Duck Donuts was founded in 2006 by Russ DiGilio in the northern Outer Banks seaside town of Duck, N.C. in an attempt to solve a family vacation problem, according to the company. 

“Our family wanted a place to buy warm, delicious, made-to-order doughnuts, and when we couldn’t find one, we decided to start our own,” DiGilio said in a release.

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Duck Donuts is gearing up to open its first Warren County location in Deerfield Twp.’s Deerfield Towne Center. STAFF FILE PHOTO

4. It continues to expand

DiGilio was continuously approached about franchise opportunities by fans who asked for a Duck Donuts in their community. The first franchise opened in Williamsburg, Va., in 2013. There are now 58 open franchise locations and more than 130 additional contracts in 23 states.

This is the fourth Ohio location for Duck Donuts, following locations in Westerville, Dublin and Dayton.

For more information on an available store manager position, click here.

5. Duck Donuts gives back

Duck Donuts touts its partnership with Gabe’s Chemo Duck Program, a non-profit organization that aims to provide education, comfort and hope through stuffed ducks, medical play and therapeutic tools.

The national sponsorship ensures that children undergoing treatment for cancer can have access to their own Chemo Duck, a stuffed yellow duck dressed in blue hospital scrubs with a chemotherapy port, to help them learn what to expect during treatment and have a friend to share the experience.

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The Greene’s attorney scoffs at restaurant’s claims in eviction lawsuit

Published: Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 8:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 10:49 AM

Choe’s Asian Gourmet is subject of civil lawsuit and has “temporarily closed” sign on door.


An attorney for The Greene scoffed at the notion that the retail center owes the owners of an evicted restaurant thousands of dollars and urged a judge to end the case and award her client $384,000 plus interest.

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The ongoing legal dispute started in November 2017 when The Greene’s management filed a “forcible entry” lawsuit that led to the eviction of Choe’s Asian Gourmet restaurant on the east end of The Greene. 

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After missing some initial deadlines to respond to the lawsuit, the most recent owners of Choe’s in recent weeks have mounted a more robust defense, claiming in a court filing that it could be owed more than $50,000 in the value of personal property appropriated by The Greene.

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The retail center’s management waited a full month after ordering the restaurant’s owners to vacate until locking the owners out of the restaurant, Dayton attorney Susan D. Solle wrote on behalf of The Greene. 

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The restaurant owners’ “failure to remove its property by that date was at its own peril,” Solle wrote. “In any event, (The Greene) boxed up seven boxes of personal property” and gave the property to the restaurant owners. 

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Other claims by the restaurant’s owners that they are owed money by The Greene “are refuted by the explicit language of the lease” that the restaurant owners signed, Solle wrote. 

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The case is pending before Greene County Common Pleas Judge Michael Buckwalter.


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An attorney representing the most recent owners of Choe’s Asian Gourmet filed a vigorous challenge earlier this week to The Greene Town Center’s claim that the owners owe The Greene $383,973, and that the lawsuit should be declared finished.

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Dayton attorney Eugene Robinson says The Greene is way off on its calculations, and in fact changed the locks and refused entry to the restaurant owners. That action blocked the owners’ access to several thousand dollars of their personal property, including $2,000 in cash and thousands more in inventory and equipment, Robinson argued.

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Robinson is asking Greene County Common Pleas Judge Michael Buckwalter to deny The Greene’s request for a “summary judgment” that would end the lawsuit immediately in The Greene’s favor. Complicating the attorney’s efforts, however, are missed deadlines early in the lawsuit in which the restaurant’s owners did not initially respond to the legal action against them. 

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Buckwalter ruled in December that the owners of Choe’s Asian Gourmet restaurant had violated their lease agreement with The Greene and awarded the retail center full access to the property. The action was taken after the restaurant’s operators failed to respond in a timely manner to the lawsuit, according to court documents.

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The judge has not yet issued his ruling whether he will essentially reopen portions of the case, or declare it over, with a judgment in favor of The Greene.

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The $383,973 that The Greene calculates it is owed by the owners of Choe’s Asian Gourmet includes $68,600 in past-due rent and late fees, $56,500 to cover costs of preparing the property to re-lease, and $257,500 in “accelerated rent difference” — basically, the difference of the rent that had been due from the most recent owners through the lease term scheduled to end in September 2020 and the new tenant’s lease. Another $1,300 was tacked on for repairs and cleaning.


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A new restaurant to be called Ace Asian Cafe is already in the works in the space at 4394 Juniper Way on the east side of The Greene.

The original lawsuit was filed in Nov. 21 in Greene County Common Pleas Court claimed that the limited liability corporation that was operating Choe’s Asian Gourmet owed more than $49,000 in rent and utilities that had accumulated since July. A “notice to vacate” was delivered to the restaurant eight days earlier, notifying the restaurant operators that eviction proceedings could be filed unless the arrears were paid within three days.

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The most recent manager of Choe’s Asian Gourmet told this news outlet earlier this year that business had been slow late last year in part because foot traffic was down in the restaurant’s section of The Greene. She said she attempted to re-negotiate the terms of her lease but instead was ordered to vacate. She said some of the restaurant’s problems stemmed from a disgruntled former employee.

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Man sentenced for spitting in cop’s face

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 11:18 AM

Storm Walker, Miami County Jail
Storm Walker, Miami County Jail

A Troy man who said he couldn't remember spitting in a police officer's face but was sorry for his actions was sentenced Monday, March 19, to 30 days in the Miami County Jail.

Storm M. Walker, 21, was accused of throwing or expelling a bodily substance at a law enforcement officer June 20 in Troy. He pleaded no contest and was found guilty in January in county Common Pleas Court. 

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Public defender Jack Hemm said Walker wrote a letter of apology to the officer and has been receiving counseling. 

"I felt horrible," Walker told Judge Christopher Gee. 'I didn't remember doing any of this. I was very, very intoxicated." 

Assistant Prosecutor Janna Parker asked the judge to order time in prison, saying to have "spit land on your face ... is totally unacceptable." 

Gee said he wouldn't order time in prison instead placing Waker on two years of community control and requiring him to serve 30 days in the jail as a deterrent. "The court will not tolerate this type of conduct," Gee said.

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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 @ 11:17 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini breaks down the timing and totals.


  • Winter Weather Advisory for entire region from 8 p.m. Tuesday to 8 p.m. Wednesday
  • Snow accumulates Tuesday night to Wednesday

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

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Temperatures will improve during the day by climbing to a high the low 40s with some dry time expected in the middle of the day. 

Moisture brings rain showers back towards late afternoon with cold air transitioning everyone to snow for evening hours between 7 and 9 p.m.

Expect snow to accumulate through the night. Winds will gust around 30 mph this afternoon and tonight, so drivers should watch for slick roads and poor visibility as a result. 

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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. Snow will taper off into the afternoon as moisture shifts east, but overall most of the Miami Valley will end up with around 2 to 4 inches of snow with some areas seeing closer to 5 inches. 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. 

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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. 

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

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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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Beyonce, Jay-Z’s On The Run II tour adds more dates

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 9:57 AM

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After numerous sell out shows, Beyonce and Jay-Z have added nine dates to their “On the Run II” stadium tour.

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Variety reported that shows have been added in Amsterdam (June 20), Washington, D.C. (July 27), East Rutherford, New Jersey (Aug. 3), Chicago (Aug. 11), Columbus, Ohio (Aug. 16), Columbia, South Carolina (Aug. 21), Atlanta (Aug. 26) and Los Angeles (Sept. 23). 

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The tour will close with a new date in a new city -- Seattle on Oct. 4.  

Presales for additonal dates begin March 21 at 10 a.m. local time. 

The additional North American dates, as well as previously announced tour dates, are below. More information is at Tidal.com

July 25 - Cleveland, FirstEnergy Stadium

July 27 - Washington, D.C., FedEx Field

July 28 - Washington, D.C., FedEx Field 

July 30 - Philadelphia, Lincoln Financial Field 

Aug. 2 - East Rutherford, New Jersey, MetLife Stadium 

Aug. 3 - East Rutherford, New Jersey, MetLife Stadium 

Aug. 5 - Boston, Gillette Stadium 

Aug. 8 - Minneapolis, US Bank Stadium 

Aug. 10 - Chicago, Soldier Field 

Aug. 11 - Chicago, Soldier Field 

Aug. 13 - Detroit, Ford Field

Aug. 16 - Columbus, Ohio

Aug. 18 - Buffalo, New York, New Era Field 

Aug. 21 - Columbia, South Carolina

Aug. 23 - Nashville, Tennessee, Vanderbilt Stadium 

Aug. 25 - Atlanta, Mercedes Benz Stadium 

Aug. 26 - Atlanta, Mercedes Benz Stadium 

Aug. 29 - Orlando, Florida, Camping World Stadium 

Aug. 31 - Miami, Hard Rock Stadium 

Sept. 11 - Arlington, Texas, AT&T Stadium

Sept. 13 - New Orleans Mercedes-Benz Superdome 

Sept. 15 - Houston, NRG Stadium 

Sept. 19 - Phoenix, Arizona, University of Phoenix Stadium 

Sept. 22 - Los Angeles, Rose Bowl

Sept. 26 - Los Angeles, Rose Bowl

Sept. 27 - San Diego, SDCCU Stadium 

Sept. 29 - Santa Clara, California, Levi’s Stadium 

Oct. 2 - Vancouver, BC Place

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