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Closed Dayton restaurant getting ready for a comeback

Published: Thursday, March 01, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Archived photo of lunch item from Leo Bistro's menu.
Source: Leo Bistro
Archived photo of lunch item from Leo Bistro's menu.(Source: Leo Bistro)

A closed downtown Dayton restaurant is expected to make a comeback soon. 

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Leo Bistro, the eatery inside the Dayton Art Institute at 56 Belmonte Park North, will reopen, Alexis Larsen, the museum’s external affairs director, said in the following statement: 

 “Leo Bistro is temporarily closed, as we prepare to introduce exciting new changes for our café. We apologize to our visitors for any inconvenience during this time. Snacks and drinks are available for purchase at the museum’s Guest Services Desk during regular hours, and our Guest Services staff will be happy to recommend other dining options in the downtown area while the Bistro is closed. Watch the museum’s website, at, and its social media pages for updates about the exciting changes coming to Leo Bistro, as well as an announcement of when the Bistro will reopen. We think you’ll like the changes, and we look forward to sharing more with you in the coming weeks.”

The eatery has been closed since Jan. 3. 

A reopening date has not been determined yet, Larsen said.

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Leo Bistro opened in February 2013 under the direction of the owners of Roost Modern Italian restaurant in Dayton’s Oregon District.

>> Roost owners to open restaurant inside Dayton Art Institute (Nov. 15, 2015)

Elite Catering took over Leo Bistro’s operations five months later in July 2013.

Bernstein’s Fine Catering took over management of the bistro in 2015. 

That company managed it until recently. 

A new contract for management of Leo’s has not been finalized. 

>> Art institute gets new restaurant operator (July 21, 2015) 

Leo Bistro in the Dayton Art Institute plans to reopen.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

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Where to eat Easter brunch and dinner in Dayton

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Cookbook recipes don't always turn out as you'd hope. The original recipe for Eggs Baked in Ham calls for two eggs, but you can see how the ham cup fell apart with the additional egg. Better to use just one. [SCOTT KEELER, Times]  **Mark for release Tuesday, April 7, 2009**  .St. Petersburg Times photo by Scott Keeler
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Cookbook recipes don't always turn out as you'd hope. The original recipe for Eggs Baked in Ham calls for two eggs, but you can see how the ham cup fell apart with the additional egg. Better to use just one. [SCOTT KEELER, Times] **Mark for release Tuesday, April 7, 2009** .St. Petersburg Times photo by Scott Keeler(Keeler, Scott/St Petersburg Times)

Santa Claus doesn’t hold a candle to the Easter Bunny when it comes to brunch. 

What better way to get excited for Easter than to think of all the delicious springtime meals you’ll be having soon? 

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We’ll continue to update this guide of all Dayton-area Easter food events as the day gets closer. If you know of any we missed, send us the info at and we’ll be sure to add it to the list. 

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🐰 The Wright Place’s Chef-Driven Easter Brunch

Executive Chef Justin White will host an extravagant, farm-driven Easter Brunch at his popular flight-inspired restaurant, The Wright Place, located inside the Holiday Inn Dayton in Fairborn. The occasion includes a special visit and free photo with the Easter Bunny, who will have plastic Easter eggs for children to decorate. For adults, freshly-made Mimosas as well as a Bloody Mary Cart will be available. When it comes to the food, Chef White is pulling out all the stops.

WHEN: 2 seating times, 12 p.m. & 2 p.m. Sunday, April 1
WHERE: The Wright Place inside Holiday Inn, 2800 Presidential Dr, Fairborn

INFO & RESERVATIONS: 937-426-7800

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🐰 Easter Dinner at Roost

Roost Events in Kettering is pulling out all the stops for their Easter brunch buffet. The price is $32 for adults and $15 for children ages 5-10. Aside from cocktails and mocktails, a few of the mouthwatering options include eggs benedict ‘Bruschetta’, rosemary roasted top round of beef, Belgian waffles and much more.

WHEN: 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Sunday, April 1

WHERE: Roost Events, 580 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering


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🐰 Bob Evans Easter Farmhouse Feast

Bob Evans Restaurants is “bringing a new tradition to the table with its Easter Farmhouse Feast – a fully cooked, heat-and-serve home style meal that serves up to 10 people for $109.99.” 

“At Bob Evans, we understand the importance and special meaning of sharing a meal with friends and family on Easter,” said Saed Mohseni, president and CEO of Bob Evans Restaurants. “Guests can order the feast at any Bob Evans Restaurant or online at and schedule their own pick-up date now through March 31. The meals are packed fresh, but quantities are limited, so ordering early is highly recommended.” 


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(Bob Evans)

🐰 Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse Easter Brunch 

For a finer fare this Easter Sunday, you and your family can enjoy your choice of Lobster Bisque, Modern Caesar or Housemade Burrata Salad followed by a mouthwatering entrée selection that includes Fleming’s Signature Eggs Benedict, Cinnamon Apple Brioche French Toast or Ora King Salmon Cobb Salad.

All entrées are accompanied by Lyonnaise potatoes with caramelized onions and chopped parsley as well as pan-seared asparagus with blistered grape tomatoes. Dessert will be served following dinner. The brunch menu starts at $47.

WHEN: Sunday, April 1
WHERE: Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, 4432 Walnut St., Dayton
INFO: Facebook | 937-320-9548

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🐰 The Caroline Easter Brunch

Join The Caroline for Easter Brunch, featuring a buffet for kids and adults alike. Cost is $26 for adults, $13 for children under 12, and kids under 5 eat free. The buffet will feature a variety of brunch foods like scrambled eggs, home fries, sausage gravy and biscuits, bacon, French toast and waffles with bananas foster. There will be a carving station, grilled chicken breast, grilled salmon, and much more. Assorted desserts are available, too.

WHEN: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, April 1

WHERE: The Caroline, 5 S. Market St., Troy

INFO: Call 937-552-7676 for reservations | Website

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🐰 The Golden Lamb

This historic, nationally-renowned restaurant is hosting a special Easter menu, including delicious drinks like Bumbleberry Soda and Maple Peach Spritzer. Appetizers include Golden Lamb sauerkraut balls, house cured smoked salmon bruschetta and house-made family style relish platter. Entrees include Ohio-raised fried chicken, maple dijon-glazed ham, carved beef tenderloin, braised Pennsylvania lamb shank and more. There will also be children’s options and a selection of gelato. See the full menu here. Prices vary depending on item.

WHEN: 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 1

WHERE: The Golden Lamb, 27 S. Broadway, Lebanon

INFO: 513-932-5065 | Website

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🐰 Mills Park Hotel -- Ellie’s Restaurant Easter Brunch

Celebrate this special holiday with Ellie’s. They’ll be serving raspberry almond pancakes, smoked ham benedict and special bakery delights in addition to their regular brunch menu. Reservations suggested for restaurant seating.

WHEN: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, April 1

WHERE: Ellie’s Restaurant, 321 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs

INFO: 937-319-0402 | Website

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🐰 Basil’s on Market Easter Buffet Brunch

This Easter brunch special will feature all your brunch favorites, along with many other delicious delicacies for only $25.95 per person. That price even includes your (nonalcoholic) drink of choice. Event is reservation only, so make sure to call and reserve your spot.

WHEN: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, April 1

WHERE: Basil’s on Market, 312 N. Patterson Blvd., Dayton

INFO: 937-818-4390 | Facebook event

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🐰 View 162 Restaurant & Lounge Easter Brunch Buffet

You certainly can’t beat the view of Dayton. This restaurant in Crowne Plaza Dayton is hosting an Easter brunch buffet that includes a breakfast station with pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes and a create-your-own-omelet setup; a carving station with pineapple honey-glazed pit ham, a soup and salad bar, several entrees (including baked chicken, broiled salmon, roasted pork loin and penne pasta), herb-roasted fingerling potato, spanish rice and grilled asparagus, and of course a dessert station. Cost is $28.95 per person. Kids ages 12 and under are $14.95. Seniors will receive a 10% discount. 

WHEN: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, April 1

WHERE: View 162 Restaurant and Lounge at Crowne Plaza Dayton, 33 E. 5th St., Dayton

INFO: 937-229-9853

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🐰 Easter Sunday Brunch & Fried Chicken Dinner at Lily’s Bistro

Join Lily’s for brunch and then chicken dinner. All your favorite brunch items will be there, along with their family-style free range fried chicken dinner. Reservations encouraged.

WHEN: Brunch from 10 a.m.-3 pm. and chicken dinner from 5-9 p.m., Sunday, April 1

WHERE: Lily’s  Bistro, 329 E. 5th St., Dayton

INFO: 937-723-7637

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🐰 El Meson Easter Brunch

Join El Meson for an Easter Brunch featuring all kinds of dishes, like steak encebollado (beef filet with tomatoes, onions, and chimichurri sauce), Caribbean rum glazed ham, seafood zarzuela with orecchiette pasta, egg and cheese omelet, grits and chorizo, Mexican red rice, saffron rice, Latin stir-fry veggies, manchego scalloped potatoes, garbanzos with spinach, assorted salads, fresh fruit salpicon, Jamaican jerk slaw, assorted crusty breads, coffee cakes and sweet breads. There’s also a kid’s buffet with a burrito bar. Cost is $29 for adults, $14 for children ages $12 and under, and free for children ages 6 and under. Bar opens at 11 a.m. Tax and tip will be added. Reservations can be made by calling 937-859-8229.

WHEN: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, April 1

WHERE: El Meson, 903 E. Dixie Dr., West Carrollton

INFO: 937-859-8229 | Facebook event

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🐰 Easter Brunch or Dinner at Carvers

Plated brunch will be served from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., and the dinner menu will be served all day. The three-course Easter brunch is $35 and includes one choice from each course. Soup or Salad course: lobster bisque, spinach salad with honey mustard, romaine salad with balsamic vinaigrette, classic Caesar salad. Entree course: Prime Rib Eggs Benedict, Tenderloin Skillet, Honey BBQ Salmon, Carver’s Steak & Eggs. Dessert Course: Blackberry Chocolate Mousse or Carrot Cake. See the full menu here.

WHEN: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, April 1

WHERE: Carvers Steaks & Chops, 1535 Miamisburg Centerville Road, Dayton

INFO: 937-433-7099

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Carrot cake pancakes are a thing now -- and here's where you can get them in Dayton

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

First Watch offers carrot cake pancakes as one of their menu items off 'The Middle Griddle' STAFF PHOTO / ALLEGRA CZERWINSKI
First Watch offers carrot cake pancakes as one of their menu items off 'The Middle Griddle' STAFF PHOTO / ALLEGRA CZERWINSKI

Love carrot cake?

You can eat this sinfully delicious treat for breakfast, and don’t even have to feel guilty about it, thanks to First Watch

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The brunch chain offers carrot cake as one of the options when you order the multigrain pancakes.

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They’re loaded with shredded carrots, of course, walnuts and raisins and just like any great flapjack, it’s crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. You can get one for $4.79 or a stack of two for $6.79.

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“I’d say the carrot cake pancake is the perfect mix of farm fresh food they’re known for, and an indulgent meal that fulfills my sweet tooth cravings,” said local foodie Lauren Turner. 

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She recommends pairing the pancakes with an order of the Million Dollar Bacon, which First Watch describes as four slices of hardwood smoked bacon baked with brown sugar, black pepper, cayenne and a maple syrup drizzle.

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An order of the ‘millionaire’s bacon’ costs $4.99, but it’s on First Watch’s seasonal menu, so its availability may be limited. 

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You’ve surely heard of breakfast for dinner, so why not try dessert for breakfast?! 

First Watch offers carrot cake pancakes as one of their menu items off 'The Middle Griddle' STAFF PHOTO / ALLEGRA CZERWINSKI

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Skyline Chili is going GREEN for St. Patrick’s Day

Published: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 @ 11:28 AM

Skyline Chili Facebook
(Skyline Chili Facebook)

Forget green eggs and ham.

Skyline Chili will be serving their signature noodles piping hot and bright green this St. Patrick’s Day.

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Announced on the chili king’s Facebook page earlier this week, Skyline said it will dish out its classic 3-Ways, 4-Ways and 5-Ways with green noodles for one day only on Saturday, March 17. 

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Green chili noodles not calling your name? Regular spaghetti will be available upon request.

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“Green Ways” will be available at most locations,” according to Skyline Chili. For a full list of their locations in the Dayton-area, visit the website.

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Sonic Drive-In selling pickle juice slushes

Published: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 5:26 PM

As we get closer to summer, Sonic Drive-In will have the perfect slush flavor to cool you down: Pickle juice.

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Food and Wine reports the fast food restaurant will roll out Pickle Juice Snow Cone slushes starting in June.

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Taste testers say it's not as bad as you might think.

This is Sonic's new pickle juice slush, debuting this summer.

It's sweet and tangy.

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It's also a great partner with burgers, hot dogs, and tater tots.

Pickle flavored drinks are a trend in the U.S. There are bars serving the juice in shots and even a pickle juice flavored sports drink on the market.

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