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What’s the holdup on the Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers in Beavercreek?

Published: Friday, August 11, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

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It’s been months since plans for a new Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers restaurant were submitted to the city of Beavercreek.

The early buzz was nothing but positive. City council approved the preliminary plans. In February, a spokeswoman for the restaurant’s franchise owners suggested the Beavercreek location could open as early as May. But as of mid-August, the restaurant had yet to break ground. 

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The franchise owner of Raising Cane’s Ohio restaurants — RCO Limited, which opened its first Dayton-area location in June on Ohio 725 in Washington Twp. — declined to answer questions about the project. But Beavercreek officials say they believe the restaurant will be built.

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Here’s what has happened so far:

Raising Cane’s submitted plans to the city of Beavercreek in November 2016 that called for a 3,576-square-foot restaurant to be built on a vacant tract adjacent to a Speedway on Kemp Road just east of North Fairfield Road.

Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers has two restaurants in the works in the Dayton area, in Washington Twp. and in Beavercreek. SUBMITTED(Staff Writer)

Those preliminary plans were approved by Beavercreek City Council. At the time, Beavercreek Planning Director Jeffrey M. McGrath cautioned that, “Nothing will be finalized until the lot is created for the restaurant and permits have been issued.”

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The project has slowed to a crawl primarily because the design of an access street to the restaurant is still being worked out by the owners of the property, McGrath said. The proposed street will have access points at both Kemp Road and North Fairfield Road, according to Beavercreek city records.

The delay has sabotaged the original timetable, but there’s no evidence that Raising Cane’s has given up.

“Every indication at this point is that they intend to move forward” with the project, McGrath said, after the details of the access road are resolved.

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RCO Limited spokeswoman Andria Morgan told this news organization earlier this week, “”Unfortunately, at this time, we have no comment regarding that property.”

Morgan said diners have warmly welcomed the first Dayton-area Raising Cane’s, which opened June 28 at 1136 Miamisburg-Centerville Road.

“Raising Cane’s has been received well by Dayton and the surrounding communities,” Morgan said. “We look forward to partnering with the many schools and organization in early 2018 after we settle in.”

Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers’ plans for a new restaurant near the North Fairfield Road/Kemp Road intersection in Beavercreek have been approved by Beavercreek’s city council. FILE(Staff Writer)

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers operates multiple restaurants in the Columbus and Cincinnati areas, and opened a restaurant in Fairfield in October 2016.

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Morgan has said RCO Limited has found a very loyal customer base as it has opened stores in southern Ohio. In 2004, the franchisee opened the first Raising Cane’s outside of Louisiana in Columbus, Ohio.

The chain prides itself on a limited menu and a simple concept, focused on chicken fingers, made “fresh, never frozen,” marinated for 24 hours, then hand-battered and cooked to order. Also featured on the menu are crinkle-cut fries, cole slaw, Texas Toast and sauces that are made in-house every day.

Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers’ plans for a new restaurant near the North Fairfield Road/Kemp Road intersection in Beavercreek have been approved by Beavercreek’s city council. SUBMITTED(Staff Writer)

Militants kill at least 184 in Egyptian mosque

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 9:11 AM

Egyptian mosque.
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Egyptian mosque.(AFP Contributor/AFP/Getty Images)

At least 184 people were killed and 125 were injured Friday when Islamist militants exploded a bomb and opened fire on people attending prayers at an Egyptian mosque in the northern section of Sinai, Reuters reported.

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The attack targeted Al Rawdah mosque in Bir Al-Abed, the Egyptian state-owned news agency MENA reported.

No group has claimed responsibility for the assault, so far.

State media showed images of bloodied victims and bodies covered in blankets inside the Al Rawdah mosque in Bir al-Abed, west of the city of El Arish.

“They were shooting at people as they left the mosque,” a local resident, whose relatives were at the scene, told Reuters. “They were shooting at the ambulances, too.”

JUST IN: Dayton icon Jerry Gillotti, Gilly’s nightclub owner, dies

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 8:29 AM

Jerry Gillotti, the iconic co-founder and owner of Gilly?€™s, died on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 24. He was 80.

Jerry Gillotti, the iconic co-founder and owner of Gilly’s, died on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 24. He was 80.

A spokeswoman for the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office said this morning, Nov. 24, that her office had been notified of Mr. Gillotti’s death at a local hospice facility.

Gillotti had been severely injured in a robbery and beating outside the nightclub at 132 S. Jefferson St. in March 2016, and friends said earlier this year his worsening health was related to the effects of the beating.

Gillotti attended Dayton’s Chaminade High School before graduating in 1962 from University of Dayton with a degree in business.

Gillotti bought Wedgewood Inn and featured jazz acts there two years before he and his brother purchased the former site of Green Derby on North Main Street and transformed it into Gilly’s. The first show as Gilly’s was Roy Meriwether on July 7, 1972, according to Gary J. Leppla, Gillotti’s attorney and friend.

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In his nomination of Gillotti to the Dayton Walk of Fame, Leppla said Gillotti became one of the greatest jazz and blues promoters in the United States. After a successful run on North Main Street, Jerry moved Gilly’s to the Dayton Transportation Center. In addition, Jerry hosted a Sunday morning jazz show for several years on WING-AM radio.

Performers booked at Gilly’s include Tony Bennett, Diane Schuur, BB King, Wynton Marsalis, Art Blakey, Dexter Gordon, Bill Evans, George Benson, Herbie Hancock and many more.

In addition to his induction in the Dayton Walk of Fame in 2013, Gillotti was recognized by the University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music with the prestigious William Lawless Jones Award for his contributions to the region’s jazz culture.

In an article celebrating his 30th anniversary at Gilly’s, Gillotti told the Dayton Daily News his passion for jazz was ignited during his time in the Army while stationed in Frankfurt, Germany. He frequented jazz clubs and heard iconic acts such as Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and the Modern Jazz Quartet.

He left the service in 1958 with an idea.

“If you presented (jazz) correctly, in a nice atmosphere, you’ve got to be successful; people will come out to see it because it’s just so infectious and it’s such good music,” he told contributing writer Kris Alavattam.

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Troopers: Naked couple crashes car while having sex; baby was in back seat

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 1:25 AM

Washington State Patrol.
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Washington State Patrol.(David Ryder/Getty Images)

A naked couple, having sex in their car while their baby was in the back seat, crashed while driving, the Washington State Patrol said.

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The man was driving on Highway 7 near La Grande in Pierce County, naked and having sex with a woman who also was naked, when he missed a curve, went off the road and struck a tree, State Patrol spokeswoman Brooke Bova said.

The crash occurred Wednesday at 6 p.m. troopers said.

Witnesses told troopers both the man and woman were naked when they got out of the car, The Everett Herald reported. Troopers said they were also both impaired.

The woman wasn't wearing a seat belt. She was taken to the hospital with several broken bones. The 3-month-old child in the back seat was not injured.

The man was arrested and booked into Pierce County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence, vehicular assault and child endangerment, the Herald reported.

Troopers said the man has three prior DUI convictions.

Clark County fire kills 4-H pigs, destroys barn

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 1:24 AM
Updated: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 2:23 AM

SCENE: German Twp. barn fire kills several animals

A barn was destroyed and 4-H pigs were killed after a early morning fire in German Twp., Clark County.

Homeowner Theresa Ward said when they discovered the blaze after midnight, they tried with a garden hose to put it out after calling 911. She said it took fire crews about 11 minutes to arrive on scene of the fire in the 4800 block of Troy Road.

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“It was the longest 11 minutes of our lives,” Ward said. “We were trying to save our animals and we just watched it go up in flames. There was nothing we could do.”

Ward two of her grandchildren participate in 4-H, and the pigs belonged to them. A few pigs did survive.

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The entire structure was lost as a result of the fire. Ward said they did not have insurance on the barn and aren’t sure how they will rebuild.

Ward was told an electrical problem may be to blame, said said.