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Salar owner after fire: ‘My heart is broken for my people’

Published: Saturday, December 30, 2017 @ 3:50 PM

A fire that broke out Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, at Salar Restaurant and Lounge, 400 E. Fifth St., has closed the popular Oregon District restaurant indefinitely. JAROD THRUSH / STAFF
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A fire that broke out Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, at Salar Restaurant and Lounge, 400 E. Fifth St., has closed the popular Oregon District restaurant indefinitely. JAROD THRUSH / STAFF(Jarod Thrush / Staff)

A beloved Oregon District restaurant is closed indefinitely following a fire.

Salar Restaurant and Lounge Chef Margot Blondet said Saturday that she doesn’t know yet how long it will be before the restaurant can be back up and running following the Friday fire, but it looks like it could be months out before the business is again operating.

The fire also displaced a digital product agency on the second floor, forced a nearby a spice shop temporarily to close.

About 35 people work in the restaurant that Blondet, a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in Lima, Peru, opened in 2013.

“We still don’t know how in the world this happened,” she said. “My heart is broken for my people (staff members). My heart is broken for them. I don’t even know what to tell them.”

A fund had been set up to donate to employees of Salar and about $2,400 had been collected as of Saturday afternoon.

Adil Baguirov, the building’s owner, said following the fire that, “a lot of damage at the most unfortunate time. Just making sure that we can get back on our feet as soon as possible.”

Insurance companies were on scene Friday. Baguirov said the loss will be significant, but it’s unknown at this point.

This weekend was supposed to be a prosperous one for chef Margot Blondet and her staff at Salar Restaurant and Lounge, 400 E. Fifth St. Instead of serving a packed house of guests a specially designed New Year’s Eve menu, the chef-owner and her staff will be cleaning up after what fire officials describe as an early morning kitchen fire.

The restaurant had to cancel the 350 reservations made for this weekend.

“We were so ready,” Blondet said Friday. “I had New Year’s Eve decorations in my car.”

Dayton fire crews were dispatched to Salar at 6:20 a.m. Friday on reports of smoke.

Firefighters said a kitchen fire spread, causing significant smoke damage to the restaurant.

Investigators said the fire started in the kitchen and spread to the ceiling and a neighboring building, affecting other businesses along with Salar.

The Scenery, a digital product agency on the second floor, said on its Facebook page that it has been displaced from the fire. Spice Paradise, a spice shop in the neighboring Brown Street building, also said it will be closed several days.

Blondet considers Salar a labor of love.“It’s my baby and it’s my monster,” she said with a proud laugh.

“I call it my baby, and I call it my monster, because is sucks all the energy.”

She anticipates being closed for the foreseeable future for repairs.

How to help Salar employees

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Published: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Must try sandwiches

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Luckily for us, there's a slew of sandwiches to try in the region. Here's a list of 9 must-eat sandwiches in the Dayton area. 

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The Ruck 

The Ruck at the Dublin Pub is the No. 1 seller. It features smoked beef brisket, covered in house-made Guinness BBQ sauce, sauteed onions and cheddar cheese on a pretzel roll. Don’t forget a side of cheese fries.

Address: 300 Wayne Ave., Dayton

Hours: Mon-Wed 11 a.m. - 1 a.m., Thurs-Sat 11 a.m. - 2:30 a.m., Sun 11 a.m - 12 a.m.

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The Champ 

The Champ at Canal Street Arcade & Deli is a doozy, stacked with grilled roast beef, corned beef, baby Swiss, horseradish cheddar, sauteed red onion, banana peppers and Thousand Island dressing on hot-pressed bread. They also have fantastic vegetarian options for those less inclined to eating meat.

Address: 308 E. First St., Dayton

Hours: Mon-Thurs 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m. - 11 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. 

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Smokey the Bear

Charlie’s Deli & Catering’s sandwich has Lebanon bologna, mesquite smoked turkey, smoked sharp cheese, Woeber’s smoky bacon mayo, and jalapenos on a toasted pretzel roll.

Address: 429 Troy St., Dayton
Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Brother Reuben 

With lean top round of corned beef, fresh sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and Thousand Island dressing on light rye bread. “Every bite is a bit of wonderfulness,” says Christopher’s Restaurant & Catering owner Chip Pritchard.

Address: 2318 E. Dorothy Ln., Kettering

Hours: Mon-Sat 7:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.

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El Meson's Cuban sandwich(Source: El Meson)

The Cuban

El Meson’s signature South American flavors make their Cuban a sandwich staple. Choose pork, chicken or fish and top it off with cheese, pickle, mayo and mustard on a Cuban pressed roll.

Address: 903 E. Dixie Dr., Dayton

Hours: Mon-Fri 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Mon-Thurs 4:30 - 9 p.m., Fri-Sat 4:30 - 10 p.m.

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Ladder 11  

The Ladder 11 at Jimmie’s Ladder 11 is the restaurant’s namesake and No. 1 seller. It has hand-cut Romanian pastrami and corned beef, topped with hand-cut coleslaw and homemade Russian dressing on a toasted hoagie bun or rye bread.

Address: 936 Brown St., Dayton

Hours: Mon-Thurs 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m - 1 a.m., Sun 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

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Slow-Roasted Pulled Pork

Trolly Stop’s dish features pulled pork with their own bourbon BBQ sauce, house-made apple cole slaw, pickles and chipotle mayo on a pretzel bun.

Address: 530 E. 5th St., Dayton

Hours: Daily 11 a.m. - 2 a.m.

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Loose-meat sandwich

Maid-Rite’s one and only — a perfectly seasoned ground beef loose meat sandwich served on a warm bun. 

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Address: 125 N. Broadway St., Greenville

Hours: Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

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The Italian Grilled Cheese and Tomato Bisque at Coco’s Bistro, located at 250 Warren St. in Dayton. Submitted photo

Italian grilled cheese

Coco’s Bistro makes the list for their panko-breaded sourdough bread with a delicious four-cheese blend between the slices: Provolone, Mozzarella, Fontina and white cheddar. And of course creamy tomato bisque for dipping.

Address: 250 Warren St., Dayton

Hours: Mon-Thurs 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., Fri 11 a.m - 11 p.m., Sat 5 - 11 p.m.

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Dorothy Lane Market — $3 off pizza (limit one, applies to 14-inch homemade pizza from the Deli and “Tradizional” Naples-style pizza). $1 off pot pie (limit two, applies to small 12-oz DLM pot pie from the meat department). $4 off cherry pie (limit one, 9-inch whole cherry pie from the bakery). While supplies last. Must use Club DLM card. No coupon necessary. 

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Blaze Pizza —  Get a pizza for only $3.14 when you dine in.

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O’Charley’s —  Every Wednesday, O’Charley’s offers a free slice of pie with any entree purchase. Choose from southern pecan, country apple or ooey gooey caramel.

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

Skyline Chili Facebook
(Skyline Chili Facebook)

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