Want to own a piece of the iconic Gilly’s? You can -- here’s how.

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

This vintage  SUNN Magna 2480 eight channel mixer w/ reverb is among the items being auctioned off at Gilly's Jazz in downtown Dayton.
Worley Auctioneers
This vintage SUNN Magna 2480 eight channel mixer w/ reverb is among the items being auctioned off at Gilly's Jazz in downtown Dayton.(Worley Auctioneers)

The contents inside an iconic Dayton business are being auctioned off.

Gilly’s Jazz, the iconic club at 132 S. Jefferson St. in downtown Dayton., closed at the end of  2017 following the Thanksgiving Day death of its legendary founder, Gerald “Jerry” Gillotti. 

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A city worker on Monday was seen changing the locks of the space that housed the club since July 7, 1972.

Cincinnati-based Worley Auctioneers is handing the now open online-only auction.  

A preview will be held 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Wednesday, Jan. 24.

The auction will close at 4 p.m. that day. 

Items must be removed between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25 

Items up for grabs include a 1965 Fender Guitar amp and mid-century bar stools. 

“We love auctioning landmarks, and this is a neat one,”  William Hesch, the auction’s manager, told this news organization.

This Fender Guitar Amp is among the items being auctioned off from Gilly's Jazz.(Photo: Worley Auctioneers)

Hesch said he does not know what the fate will be for Gilly’s iconic front marquee or oversized sign. 

>> RELATED: 45 years of Gilly’s 

For more information, Hesch can be contacted at 513-444-6329  or william@worleyauctions.com. 

Bids for more than 139 items — signs; barware; brass rails and partitions; bar equipment; sound and lighting equipment; tables and chairs and art  — are being accepted online at Worleyauctioneers.com. 

The items are being auctioned on behalf of the Gillotti family. 

Items inside of Gilly's Jazz are being auction. The club operated 45 years on Jefferson St. It has an iconic mural and marquee. Photo: Amelia Robinson(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

The  family decided to close the club following Jerry Gillotti’s death at age 80 after a long illness.

>> PHOTOS: Jerry Gillotti through the years

The club had leased the space on a month-by-month bases for about a year. 

A jazz fanatic, Gillotti established a name for his beloved club in the music industry. 

>> 5 things to know about Gilly’s Jazz, a Dayton legend for live music

Performers booked at Gilly’s through the years include a host of local groups and a laundry list of national acts that include Tony Bennett, Diane SchuurBB King, Wynton Marsalis, Art BlakeyDexter GordonBill EvansGeorge Benson, Herbie Hancock, Count Basie and Bobby Blue Bland.

Gillotti was laid to rest Dec. 1 after a Mass of Christian burial at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

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This stainless steel triple basin bar sink is among the items being auctioned off at Gilly's Jazz in downtown Dayton.(Photo: Worley Auctioneers)

This mid-century barstool is among the items being auctioned off at Gilly's Jazz.(Photo: Worley Auctioneers)

This framed print, "Art Kane Jazz Portrait Harlem 1958," is among the items being auctioned by Gilly's Jazz in downtown Dayton.(Photo: Worley Auctioneers)

This framed print is among the items being auctioned off from Gilly's Jazz in downtown Dayton.(Photo: Worley Auctioneers)

Items inside of Gilly's Jazz are being auction. The club operated 45 years on Jefferson St. It has an iconic mural and marquee. Photo: Amelia Robinson(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

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Have you been to the ‘Best Dive Bar’ in Dayton yet? Here’s why you’ll love it

Published: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

We take you inside Mack’s Tavern, a Dayton.com Best of Dayton winner. Video by Amelia Robinson.

MacKenzie Manley has no problem with hip, modern bars, but that’s not her speed. 

“They’re all bright and shiny and new school,” she said. “I wanted the bar you can’t find anywhere.” 

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In Mack’s Tavern, Manley says she has built a place where a person can pony up to the bar, order a drink and make new friends. 

MacKenzie Manley opened Mack's Tavern in 2015. The pub is described as “a laid back neighborhood bar with amazingly good food.” It won first place in five Best of Dayton categories including, Best dive bar, best bartender and best bathroom.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

“Everybody calls it home,” Manley said of the pub at 381 Miamisburg Centerville Road in Washington Twp., Montgomery County. “It’s been a hell of a ride. I love it.” 

Described as a “a laid-back neighborhood bar with amazingly good food,” Mack’s recently celebrated its third anniversary

The adoration for Manley and Mack’s shined through in the results of Dayton.com’s Best of Dayton contest. 

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The 5,000-square-foot tavern known for its pizzas, in-house ginger beer and award-winning Bloody Marys grabbed five first place awards in the Dayton.com Best of Dayton contest: Best Bar BathroomBest Bartender (Holly Henry), Best Dive BarBest Karaoke and Best Trivia

The bar that gets it name from Manley’s nickname, “Mack,” scored second place in Best Place to Play Pool and Best Place to Watch the Game

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Manley said she was particularly proud of victories in the sought-after Best Dive Bar and Best Bar Bathroom

MacKenzie Manley opened Mack's Tavern in 2015. The pub is described as “a laid back neighborhood bar with amazingly good food.” It won first place in five Best of Dayton categories including, Best dive bar, best bartender and best bathroom. Manley stand in the lady's restroom in this photo.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

Mack’s bathroom is an oasis of femininity with its pink paint, bedazzled soap and towel dispensers and butterfly ceiling. 

“Glitter makes everything better,” Manley said. 

Manley’s decorations haven’t survived as well in the Second Amendment-themed men’s room, but that clearly doesn’t bother Mack’s regular Johnny Sullivan, who uses a wheelchair. 

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He said Manley went the extra mile to make the bar and its bathroom “Johnny-friendly.” 

“It is a good place to hang out and have fun, play darts and pool,” Sullivan said of Macks. 

MacKenzie Manley opened Mack's Tavern in 2013. The pub is described as “a laid back neighborhood bar with amazingly good food.” It won first place in five Best of Dayton categories including, Best dive bar, best bartender and best bathroom. Manley (center) is pictured with bartender Andrea Russ and bar regulars Paul Erickson and Johnny Sullivan (front).(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

THE ATMOSPHERE

“Dive bar” doesn’t exactly describe Mack’s entirely, and it is clear that Manley and her staff put blood, sweat and tears into transforming the space that previously held L2 Marketing Research into a bar with such a loyal following. 

Mack’s is larger than it looks on the outside. There is a wall of TVs above the bar, a three-table pool room, foosball, about four dart boards and a front patio. The wall is filled with vintage bar signs. 

Manley wants to add a back patio as well. 

Some of the bar’s decorations are from Newtown Party Center, the carryout once owned by Manley’s parents, Bill and Kaye Manley, at Little Richmond and Union roads in Trotwood. 

Among the treasures is a can’t miss 7-Up sign. Her grandmother’s old dresser now serves as a popcorn machine table. 

THE FOOD

Speaking of food, Mack’s menu is far from typical bar food. 

Pizza specials are part of Mack's Tavern's third year anniversary party.(Photo: Mack's Tavern)

The menu includes Chewie Boar Bombs (pork short rib lollipops), a Mack and Cheese Pita Pizza, the Cheesy Roethlis Burger PizzaBianco PizzaSmurf-tastic Shrooms and Not Your Grandma’s Bread (toasted buttery naan bread smothered in special cheese, spice and sour cream).

Paul Erickson, a Mack’s regular and once-a-week cook, said the bar has great atmosphere, bartenders and regulars. 

Manley pointed out that bartender Andrea Russ, for instance, went above and beyond to help her stain Mack’s wood. 

“It is just a good neighborhood bar like Cheers,” Erickson said.

MacKenzie Manley opened Mack's Tavern in 2015. The pub is described as “a laid back neighborhood bar with amazingly good food.” It won first place in five Best of Dayton categories including, Best dive bar, best bartender and best bathroom.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

  

MacKenzie Manley opened Mack's Tavern in 2015. The pub is described as “a laid back neighborhood bar with amazingly good food.” It won first place in five Best of Dayton categories including, Best dive bar, best bartender and best bathroom. In this photo, Manley shows an image of what the space looked like before it was renovated for the bar.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

MacKenzie Manley opened Mack's Tavern in 2015. The pub is described as “a laid back neighborhood bar with amazingly good food.” It won first place in five Best of Dayton categories including, Best dive bar, best bartender and best bathroom.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

MacKenzie Manley opened Mack's Tavern in 2015. The pub is described as “a laid back neighborhood bar with amazingly good food.” It won first place in five Best of Dayton categories including, Best dive bar, best bartender and best bathroom.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

MacKenzie Manley opened Mack's Tavern in 2015. The pub is described as “a laid back neighborhood bar with amazingly good food.” It won first place in five Best of Dayton categories including, Best dive bar, best bartender and best bathroom.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

MacKenzie Manley opened Mack's Tavern in 2015. The pub is described as “a laid back neighborhood bar with amazingly good food.” It won first place in five Best of Dayton categories including, Best dive bar, best bartender and best bathroom.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

MacKenzie Manley opened Mack's Tavern in 2013. The pub is described as “a laid back neighborhood bar with amazingly good food.” It won first place in five Best of Dayton categories including, Best dive bar, best bartender and best bathroom. Mack's bathroom is pictured here.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

MacKenzie Manley opened Mack's Tavern in 2015. The pub is described as “a laid back neighborhood bar with amazingly good food.” It won first place in five Best of Dayton categories including, Best dive bar, best bartender and best bathroom.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

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Dayton’s ‘Best Dive Bar’ is having some insane food and drink specials this week 

Published: Thursday, February 08, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

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Mack’s Tavern, one of the biggest winners in Dayton.com’s 2017 Best of Dayton poll, celebrated its third birthday on Tuesday -- but it’s partying all week long. 

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The bar, located at 381 Miamisburg Centerville Road in Centerville, is posting specials to its Facebook page all week long to keep the fun going.  

Pizza specials are part of Mack's Tavern's third year anniversary party.(Photo: Mack's Tavern)

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SPECIALS TO LOOK FORWARD TO: 

Thursday, Feb. 8: $2.50 Miller Light and Bud Light pounders (16 ounce aluminum bottles); $3 cherry and grape bombs; $7 one-topping medium pizzas.  

Friday, Feb. 9:  99-cent domestic beers; $7 one-topping medium pizzas; $10 large one-topping pizza; $3 lemon drops and carmel apple shots. 

Saturday, Feb. 10:  $3.50 domestic pitchers; $7 one-topping medium pizzas; $10 large one-topping pizza; $3 cherry and grape bombs and Fire Bomb shots. 

When we say Mack’s Tavern won big in Best of Dayton, we are not kidding. 

>> PHOTOS: Where you spotted at the 2018 Bloody Mary Showdown?

Owned by MacKenzie Manley, the pub describes itself as “a laid back neighborhood bar with amazingly good food.”

Manley said she is thrilled by the bar’s success. The bar strives to make each customer feels welcome. 

“Come as a stranger, leave as a friend. It is that down home, old-school feel you can’t find anywhere,” she said. “It’s been an amazing ride. It really has been.”  

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Mack's Tavern is celebrating its third anniversary.(Photo: Mack's Tavern)

It was voted Best of Dayton in the following categories: 

First place: Best Bar Bathroom 

First place: Best Bartender (Holly Henry) 

First place: Best Dive Bar 

First place: Best Karaoke 

First place: Best Trivia

Second Place: Best Place to Play Pool 

Second Place: Best Place to Watch the Game

Want more? Find out about other Best of Dayton winners here:

>>Best of Dayton 2017 Winners: Food & Dining 

>> Best of Dayton 2017 Winners: Bars & Nightclubs 

>> Best of Dayton 2017 Winners: Outdoors, Lifestyle & Recreation 

>> Best of Dayton 2017 Winners: Culture, Music & Entertainment 

>> Best of Dayton 2017 Winners: Shopping & Services

Want to go?

WHAT: Mack’s Tavern 

WHERE: 381 Miamisburg Centerville Rd., Washington Twp. 

INFO: 937-813-7217 | mackstavern.comFacebook 

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Love pinball? Then you should probably join this local league

Published: Thursday, February 08, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Canal Street Arcade and Deli is starting a co-ed pinball league in Dayton. PHOTO / Canal Street Arcade and Deli Facebook
Canal Street Arcade and Deli is starting a co-ed pinball league in Dayton. PHOTO / Canal Street Arcade and Deli Facebook

If you’re obsessed with pinball, here’s something to keep you busy this winter. 

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Canal Pinball League kicks off on Monday, Feb. 12 at Canal Street Arcade and Deli, 308 E. 1st St., Dayton. 

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The Co-ed Winter Pinball League is, quite simply, “for those who enjoy pinball.” You can join individually -- no teammates required. 

The league will meet on the following dates: Feb. 12, Feb. 19, Feb. 26 and March 19.

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The fee is $30, and includes quarters, a t-shirt, weekly prizes, overall league winner prizes and admin fees.

To register, email canalpinball@gmail.com. More information is on the Facebook event page.

>> New bar ‘Old Mason Jar’ coming to Fairborn

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CONSTRUCTION ALERT: These bars in Oregon District, downtown Dayton closed  

Published: Tuesday, January 02, 2018 @ 12:37 PM

The Century Bar in downtown Dayton is closed for renovations.
Photo: The Century Bar
The Century Bar in downtown Dayton is closed for renovations.(Photo: The Century Bar)

You are going to have to wait a bit for your next adult beverage at a popular downtown bar and a Oregon District tavern known for its live music and juicy burgers. 

The Century Bar, 10 S. Jefferson St. in the Fire Blocks District, and Blind Bob’s, 430 E Fifth St., are both closed for renovations. 

WHAT’S GOING ON AT THE CENTURY? 

As we first reported, plans are underway for Century Bar’s long-awaited speakeasy Kette’s Kandies Spirited Treats.

>> RELATED: Future downtown speakeasy’s name pulls from Dayton history

As part of that project, Joseph Head, the bar’s co-owner, announced in November that improvements would be made to the bar as well. 

Head said bartender stations will be added, and that the Century’s 1950s sign will be replaced with something that better reflects the business’ current goals. 

>> RELATED:  Century Bar preparing opulent speakeasy 

The bourbon bar is expected to reopen on January 12. 

WHAT’S GOING ON AT BLIND BOB’S? 

Nate Mendenhall of Blind Bob’s said via Facebook message that the first part of the year is typically slow for his family’s business, and therefore a good time to make repairs. 

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 A concrete slab in the back of the house is being repaired, he said. 

Blind Bob’s is expected to reopen Friday, January 5. 

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