This neighborhood spot is ‘Dayton’s best Browns bar’

Published: Thursday, August 10, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Is this Dayton's BEST Browns bar?

Hope springs eternal for Cleveland Browns fans as another NFL season approaches with the urgency of a gritty four-yard run by two-time Pro Bowler Kevin Mack. 

After all, this year’s team has to be at least a little better than last year’s one-win campaign, right? And just as high hopes in August are a Browns fan tradition, so are football Sundays at Patterson Pub at 970 Patterson Road in Dayton.

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Widely regarded as one of — if not the — best Browns bars in the area, Patterson Pub will be accepting members into its Cleveland Browns Sunday viewing club again this preseason. It’s a club that, for a fee, has many benefits. Members get a table for the game that week, a personalized shirt, drink specials, grilled burgers and hot dogs and entry into the various door prize drawings.

Think of it as a PSL with drink specials and more. 

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It’s a tradition that’s been going on since the Browns returned to Cleveland in 1999. Back then the bar was known as Taggart’s Pub, and the owner Mike Taggart had hoped to make it an official bar of the Browns Backers — the official fan club of the team that hosts watch parties at preferred watering holes.

Things went over like an errant Tim Couch pass, however.

The door prizes at Patterson Pub are worth the entry fee alone.(Contributed)

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“The impetus of the whole thing was the Browns Backers were looking for home bars to watch the games in the area, and I was the first person to call and say I was interested. So they said they would come check my bar out,” Taggart remembered. “A few weeks went by and I hadn’t heard anything. So I called them and I found out they selected three other bars.”

Win or lose, the Browns Club has been a successful tradition at Patterson Pub.(Contributed)

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So Taggart spent the money to get all the games on satellite (including preseason), added three high-definition projection screens, hoisted two giant Browns flags outside his business and started up his own club anyway. “A couple years later, I had 160 members and the Browns Backers were contacting me asking if they could promote their events in my bar,” Taggart said.

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Despite the bar changing hands in 2014 and operating under a different name, the tradition now continues with longtime Taggart’s patron and Browns fan Brian Rinderle — who Taggart called his “right-hand man” — now organizing things. It’s not uncommon to drive by and see a long line waiting to get in before kickoff.

Win or lose, the Browns Club has been a successful tradition at Patterson Pub.(Contributed)

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Though he doesn’t run the show anymore, Taggart has fond memories of his former business and an experiment that turned into a success that’s lasted 18 years and counting.

“I was there for almost 20 years and had a lot of fun and made a lot of friends,” he said. “But I think that became the Browns bar.” 

Fans interested in joining the Browns Club should contact Patterson Pub at (937) 296-9476 or in person. 

You won’t want to miss this club’s big anniversary party this weekend

Published: Friday, August 18, 2017 @ 10:04 AM

The Blue Note Bistro and Lounge celebrates its one-year anniversary this weekend.
AJ Waltz/Contributed
The Blue Note Bistro and Lounge celebrates its one-year anniversary this weekend.(AJ Waltz/Contributed)

Restaurant and nightclub owners know the importance of getting through that first year of a new business. That’s why it’s worth noting the Blue Note Bistro and Lounge Anniversary Gala this weekend. The upscale club at 23 E. Central Ave. in Miamisburg has a big night planned for the one-year celebration Saturday, Aug. 19 beginning at 5 p.m.

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Dayton’s Todd the Fox will help the Blue Note Bistro and Lounge celebrate its one-year anniversary. JIM WITMER / STAFF(Jim Witmer)

A dinner will kick things off with champagne, free hors d’oeuvres and games, with some of the proceeds going to help support next year’s Miamisburg Bicentennial celebration. The club, which strives to support both local and out-of-town musicians, will feature the music of Chuck Evans, Todd the Fox and Kelsey Mira throughout the evening.  

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Blue Note’s owners also told this news organization it plans to update the facility with patio renovations next year.

WANT TO GO?

What: Blue Note Anniversary Gala

Where: 23 E. Central Ave., Miamisburg

When: Saturday, Aug. 19 at 5 p.m.

Info: Website | 937-247-3000

JUST IN: Popular Dayton venue expanding its schedule

Published: Thursday, August 10, 2017 @ 11:09 AM

The Yellow Cab is expanding their hours.

Dayton’s venue that has morphed to become all things to all people is expanding its schedule. The Yellow Cab Building, which hosts various music, art, food and beer events, announced a new expanded weekly schedule this month.

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Starting Aug. 17, Yellow Cab will be open Thursdays through Sundays. Currently, the schedule varies based on special events.

“We’ve loved getting to know so many people through hosting all of the great local events that have called Yellow Cab home,” Tara Moore, co-owner of the Yellow Cab, said in a press release.

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Last year’s Ladyfest, hosted at the Yellow Cab Tavern, took place over two days and featured over 30 musical acts, visual artists, burlesque dancers, comedians, an adult and children’s fashion show, and much more.  Both men and women of Dayton came together to support this celebration of women in the arts.(Allegra Czerwinski)

Recent developments involving the venue’s capacity to sell alcohol prompted the decision, according to Moore.

“Now with our full liquor license, we’re excited to become a neighborhood tavern for all of our friends.”

Yellow Cab still plans to hold special events throughout the week as they are scheduled. In addition to the new hours, the owners also announced they will be a hub for Dayton Premiere League soccer fans.

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Local vendors set up shop with handmade wares to give and get for the holidays at the Old Yellow Cab Tavern in Dayton. (TOM GILLIAM)

“If the Premier League is on, The Yellow Cab will be open. It’s basically getting an excuse to watch a ton of soccer this season with no guilt,” Mark Jeffers, co-owner of the Yellow Cab, said. “After all, it'll be my job.”

You can learn more about the new schedule and related festivities here.

The expanded schedule breakdown:

  • Thursday: 4 p.m.-12 a.m.
  • Friday: 4 p.m.-2:30 a.m.
  • Saturday: 12 p.m.-2:30 a.m.
  • Sunday: 12 p.m.-12 a.m.

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You’re in for a surprise with Century Bar’s newest cocktail lineup 

Published: Monday, August 07, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Century Bar co-owner Joe Head pours his seasonal cocktail the Sleepy Holler. JIM WITMER/STAFF
JIM WITMER
Century Bar co-owner Joe Head pours his seasonal cocktail the Sleepy Holler. JIM WITMER/STAFF(JIM WITMER)

Joe Head, Century Bar’s co-owner, encourages his crew behind the bar to take risks and channel their most creative self when concocting new cocktails.

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The downtown Dayton bar, which claims it “can make a bourbon drinker from even the most discriminating of palettes,” has also been surprising guests with seasonal cocktail menus that have been anything but boring.

Joseph Head, Century Bar. (Source: Jim Witmer/Staff)(HANDOUT)

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Last Thursday, Aug. 3, Century Bar unveiled their “Summer Part 2” cocktail menu which includes 9 brand new, hand-crafted spirits.

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”Summer can be long and there’s so many flavors in the summer. So we knew all along that we would do two menus because we have so many flavors we wanted to try,” Head said. 

While the bar specializes in their top-shelf whisky and bourbon selection, they’ve been particularly into cocktail experimentation as they prepare for the highly anticipated opening of their Kettes’ Candies, Spirits & Treats cocktail speakeasy. The speakeasy is planned to be ready for opening later this fall, Head said.

“Nick likes setting stuff (drinks) on fire and I’m like, okay, now’s the time to try that if you want,” Head said.

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Patrons going in to taste what the new menu is all about can expect “interesting things done with Jägermeister,” an introduction to the bar’s first “Tiki” drinks and other summery, tropical flavors. 

As always, Sundays at Century are still “Sunday Night Revivals,” where the bar whips up a different specialty cocktail each week. 

Nightclub owner considering closing after 45 years

Published: Friday, July 07, 2017 @ 11:38 AM

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Jerry Gillotti has seen a lot over the last 45 years as the owner and operator of Gilly’s Jazz in Dayton. However, after suffering injuries from a beating during a robbery last year, he told us he may have to say goodbye.

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Gillotti — who recently turned 80 — says his physical rehabilitation hasn’t progressed as quickly as he expected, and that’s kept him away from his beloved music nightspot.

Gillotti at his club in 1977.(Contributed)

That has the 2013 Dayton Walk of Fame inductee looking at all his options.

“I’ve had a couple of people interested, so I might sell or close the place if the rehab doesn’t work,” Gillotti said. 

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Jerry Gillotti during his Dayton Walk of Fame acceptance speech in 2013.(Contributed)

Jerry’s brother Tom Gillotti has been overseeing the day-to-day operations at Gilly’s in his absence, and the duo had hoped to commemorate 45 years — 40 of them being at 132 S. Jefferson St. — with a special show. Unfortunately, scheduling issues led to Jerry’s decision to recognize the milestone throughout July with the existing schedule instead.

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“Traveling in the summer is tough because of all the festivals — unless we get someone real special,” he explained. 

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But Gillotti looks back fondly on coming up in an age when big band and blues music ruled the world, and he never thought it would turn into a business known far and wide for drawing internationally-renowned artists to Dayton. 

“I never dreamed I could get that far,” Gillotti said. “I just thought if you had good sound, good lights and good drink, you could do something.”

Through the years, Gillotti has brought some of the biggest names in music, including Tony BennettBB King, Wynton Marsalis, Pieces of a DreamKim WaltersAllan HoldsworthMarion MeadowsWalter Beasley, Stan Getz, Maynard Ferguson, Stan Kenton and Alex Bugnon to the area. 

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“When we started, nobody was doing it. (Eventually) people were coming from Indianapolis, Columbus, Pittsburgh and Detroit,” he said.

While remembering some of the acts to grace Gilly’s stage, Gillotti related the story of big band legend Woody Herman who, despite dealing with agonizing pain from a 1977 car accident and needing to be helped on stage, chose to continue performing one night in Dayton. It may have struck close to home for the local legend himself.

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“I said, ‘Why do you go up there if you’re not feeling good?’ ” Gillotti began. “He said, ‘It’s what I am.’”