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Our favorite places in Dayton to watch the Ohio State Buckeyes

Published: Thursday, September 01, 2016 @ 6:03 AM
Updated: Thursday, August 31, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Whether you paint your face, don a jersey or do just enough to wake up in time to catch the game, there’s no beating watching Ohio State Buckeyes football with great food, great friends and great atmosphere. 

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We’ve compiled a quick list of places that proudly accommodate the most hardcore of Buckeyes fans.

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1. Fox & Hound (Beavercreek)

Television screens at every angle with daily drink specials. Basic and to the point -- like T formation.

ADDRESS: 2661 Fairfield Commons Blvd., Beavercreek  

HOURS: 11 a.m. - 2 a.m. (Sunday through Saturday)

INFO: Website Facebook | (937) 426-4145 

2. Buffalo Wings and Rings (Centerville)

A full menu, featuring everything from customizable wings with five types of sauces, quesadillas and burgers. They also offer soups and salads for the kickers in your football gang.

ADDRESS: 894 S. Main St., Centerville 

HOURS: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Sunday through Thursday), 11 a.m. to midnight (Fri. and Sat.)    

 INFO: Website Facebook | Call (937) 438-9464

Buffalo Wings and Rings (Piqua)

ADDRESS: 989 E. Ash Street, Piqua   

HOURS: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Sunday through Thursday), 11 a.m. to midnight (Fri. and Sat.)

INFO: Website Facebook | Call (937) 773-9464 

3. Caddy's Tap House (Beavercreek)

Countless menu options, including 11 types of burgers, not the least of which is the intimidating Dagwood — five patties with bacon and five kinds of cheese.  With nearly 50 beers on tap, they’re bound to have something any beer drinker will enjoy.

ADDRESS: 2760  Towne Dr., Beavercreek

HOURS: 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. (Monday through Sunday)

INFO: Website Facebook | Call (937) 431-0240 

4. The Growler Pub & Grub

Formerly the site of Wright Wing (and others), The Growler set up shop in March of 2017. Some things have changed, but the commitment to being a sports bar with multiple screens has not. Guests seem to really love their pizza.

ADDRESS: 3808 Wilmington Pike, Kettering

HOURS: 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. (Sunday to Saturday)

INFO: Website | Facebook | 937-938-7714

Wright Wing (Fairborn)

Under new ownership since May of 2017, as the name implies, they specialize in wings. They also offer pizza and a decent beer selection, to include local breweries.

ADDRESS: 1864 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Fairborn 

HOURS: 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. (Sunday to Saturday) 

INFO: Facebook | Call (937) 318-8525

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5. Flyboy's Deli (Oakwood)

A visit to Flyboy's, which boasts New York City deli taste, you'll find locally-themed sandwiches and salads along with one of the biggest gatherings of Buckeyes fans this side of Columbus!
ADDRESS: 2515 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood

HOURS: 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Monday through Thursday), 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Friday), 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Saturday)

INFO: Website Facebook | Call (937) 723-6135 

6. Smokey Bones (Dayton)

This spacious location has screens visible at nearly every angle. The menu features fire-grilled sirloins and tenderloins as well as chicken (including wings) and seafood options. Smokey Bones also rewards repeat business with a loyalty program.

ADDRESS:  6744 Miller Ln, Dayton
HOURS: 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. (Saturday), 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. (Sunday)
INFO: Website Facebook | Call (937) 415-0185 

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7. Hinders Sports Bar & Grill (Tipp City)

You have to love an establishment that serves sandwiches bigger than most mouths (I said most). They offer daily drink specials aimed at the football fan to go with a colorful atmosphere.

ADDRESS:  902 W. Main St., Tipp City
 HOURS: 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. (Monday-Thursday), 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. (Friday, Saturday), Noon to 9 p.m. (Sunday)

INFO: Website Facebook | Call (937) 667-4433  

8. Bunkers Sports Bar & Grill (Vandalia)

The bar is literally surrounded by television screens, so there’s no missing a play…unless you get caught up trying to read all of the more than 40 beers on tap that rotate regularly. The menu is chock full of great American bar fare, included their much-heralded wings. But you should do yourself a favor and get there early enough (starting at 8 a.m.) for their ginormous breakfast portions. They've got more options than military academy offenses.

Bunkers will host a special Ohio State Kick Off Party this Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m. and featuring Scarlet Ale from Vandalia’s Hairless Hare Brewery.

ADDRESS: 893 E. National Rd., Vandalia
 HOURS: 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. (Monday), 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. (Tuesday-Thursday), 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 a.m (Friday), 8 a.m. to 2:30 a.m (Saturday), 
 INFO: Website Facebook | Call (937) 415-0185

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9. Fricker's Wings Sports Bar (Kettering)

The Dayton-born chain, with 24 restaurants throughout Ohio, as well as Indiana and That State Up North, has been a local fixture in the sites of sports fans since 1985. With 15 wing sauces, you should be able to find one at your speed. I, of course, could never get passed the Frickin’ Kicker.  Are you a fan of draft beer? Well, how’s about 120 ounces of it in the behemoth Fricker’s calls the Supertube? That’s nearly a gallon of beer and reason enough to install the Uber application on your smartphone.

ADDRESS:  1818 Woodman Dr., Kettering

HOURS: 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. (Monday-Thursday), 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. (Friday-Sunday) 

INFO: Website Facebook | Call (937) 252-9007

Fricker’s Wings Sports Bar (Dayton)

ADDRESS:  6834 Miller Ln., Dayton

HOURS: 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. (Monday-Thursday), 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. (Friday-Sunday) 

INFO: Website Facebook | Call (937) 890-0020

Fricker’s Wings Sports Bar (Troy)

ADDRESS:  1187 Experiment Farm Rd., Troy

HOURS: 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. (Monday-Thursday), 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. (Friday-Sunday) 

INFO: Website Facebook | Call (937) 335-2900

Fricker’s Wings Sports Bar (Springfield)

ADDRESS:  1616 Upper Valley Pk., Springfield

HOURS: 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. (Monday-Thursday), 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. (Friday-Sunday) 

INFO: Website Facebook | Call (937)325-2200

Fricker’s Wings Sports Bar (Vandalia)

ADDRESS:  22 Foley Dr., Vandalia

 HOURS: 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. (Monday-Thursday), 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. (Friday-Sunday) 

 INFO: Website Facebook | Call (937) 454-9464

Fricker’s Wings Sports Bar (Huber Heights)

ADDRESS:  6280 Chambersburg Rd., Huber Heights

 HOURS: 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. (Monday-Thursday), 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. (Friday-Sunday) 

 INFO: Website Facebook | Call (937) 233-9464

Fricker’s Wings Sports Bar (Centerville)

ADDRESS:  1383 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd., Centerville

 HOURS: 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. (Monday-Thursday), 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. (Friday-Sunday) 

 INFO: Website Facebook | Call (937) 434-1000

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Fricker’s Wings Sports Bar (Miamisburg)

ADDRESS:  251 N. Springboro Pk., Miamisburg

 HOURS: 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. (Monday-Thursday), 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. (Friday-Sunday) 

 INFO: Website Facebook | Call (937) 866-9464

10. Buffalo Wild Wings (Dayton)

A well-known national chain with the screens, firepower and locations to serve OSU fans throughout the area. BW3s recently introduced a customer loyalty program that may allow for even more pigskin merrymaking.

ADDRESS:  1900 Brown St., Dayton
 HOURS: 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. (Monday-Thursday), 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. (Friday) 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. (Saturday), 8 a.m. to 12 a.m. (Sunday)
 INFO: Website Facebook | Call (937) 222-9464

Buffalo Wild Wings (Kettering)

ADDRESS:  262 E. Stroop Rd., Kettering
 HOURS: 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. (Monday-Thursday), 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. (Saturday) 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. (Sunday)

 INFO: Website Facebook | Call (937) 424-3999

Buffalo Wild Wings (Beavercreek)

ADDRESS:  2776 Center Dr. Beavercreek
 HOURS: 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. (Monday-Thursday), 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. (Saturday) 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. (Sunday)  

INFO: Website Facebook | Call (937) 431-8555

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Buffalo Wild Wings (Centerville)

ADDRESS:  6210 Wilmington Pk., Centerville
 HOURS: 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. (Monday-Thursday), 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. (Saturday) 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. (Sunday)  

INFO: Website Facebook | Call (937) 848-2999

Buffalo Wild Wings (West Carrollton)

ADDRESS:  2082 S. Alex Rd., West Carrollton
 HOURS: 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. (Monday-Thursday), 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. (Saturday) 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. (Sunday)  

INFO: Website | Facebook | Call (937) 847-2999

Buffalo Wild Wings (Englewood)

ADDRESS:  891 S. Main St., Englewood
 HOURS: 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. (Monday-Thursday), 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. (Saturday) 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. (Sunday)

INFO: Website Facebook | Call (937) 836-8555

Buffalo Wild Wings (Huber Heights)

ADDRESS:  7875 Wayne Town Blvd.
 HOURS: 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. (Monday-Thursday), 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. (Saturday) 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. (Sunday)

INFO: Website Facebook | Call (937) 237-7771

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Buffalo Wild Wings (Springfield)

ADDRESS:  1960 N. Bechtle Ave., Springfield
 HOURS: 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. (Monday-Thursday), 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. (Saturday) 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. (Sunday)  

INFO: Website | Facebook | Call (937) 390-9464

Buffalo Wild Wings (Troy)

ADDRESS:  2313 W. Main St., Troy
 HOURS: 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. (Monday-Thursday), 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. (Saturday) 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. (Sunday)

INFO: Website | Facebook | Call (937) 440-9016

Buffalo Wild Wings (Springboro)

ADDRESS:  774 N. Main St., Springboro
 HOURS: 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. (Monday-Thursday), 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. (Saturday) 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. (Sunday)  

INFO: Website | Facebook | Call (937) 748-0401

Buffalo Wild Wings (Lebanon)

ADDRESS:  1248 Columbus Ave., Lebanon
 HOURS: 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. (Monday-Thursday), 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. (Saturday) 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. (Sunday)

INFO: Website Facebook | Call (513) 228-2120

11. Buckin’ Donkey 

Not so much a newcomer as a new location, the Buckin’ Donkey recently opened at the former site of Murray’s. The owners are staunch Pittsburgh sports fans, but you can probably talk them into putting the Buckeyes on for you on gameday. Their specialty burgers are ridiculous.

ADDRESS:  3808 Wilmington Pike, Kettering
 HOURS: 4 p.m.-1 a.m. Monday: 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Tuesday-Sunday

INFO: Facebook | (937) 723-7888

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6 of the best places to eat before a Fraze Pavilion show

Published: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 @ 11:17 AM

Figlio's pear and brie pizza.
Figlio Facebook
Figlio's pear and brie pizza.(Figlio Facebook)

When it comes to grabbing a meal before a concert, time is of the essence. That’s why we put together this list of our six favorite Kettering destinations near the Fraze Pavilion for dinner before a show. Just be sure to watch your time and plan well! 

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This restaurant located toward the back of the Town and Country shopping center in Kettering offers various seating options for groups large and small. Seating is available at the bar, in the dining room, in a large private party room, in a four-season room that allows you to see outdoors but not feel the effects and a nice large square high top in the middle of the dining room that allows a larger party to talk and enjoy dinner a little bit more effortlessly. 

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There are plenty of pizzas, pastas, great salads and tasty appetizers like the Prince Edward Island Mussels appetizer ($12) steamed in a jalapeno tomato butter broth served with toasted crusty bread. In addition to a robust wine list and beer selection, there is a list of classic martinis ($8) and a newer OYO Stonefruit martini made with OYO vodka, St. Germain Elderflower liqueur, Cointreau, almond essence and muddled orange ($9). 

Location: 424 E. Stroop Road, Kettering 

Contact: or 937-534-0494 

Read a full review of Figlio’s from our news partners at Dayton Daily News. 

Figlio's Wild Mushroom with Polenta, their most popular starter, with wild mushrooms in Marsala cream sauce served with two lightly sauteed polenta rounds.(Teesha McClam)

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🍴Mamma DiSalvo Risturante 

Rinaldo and Elena DiSalvo opened Mamma DiSalvo’s restaurant on July 8, 1979 serving up authentic family recipes from the Abruzzi Molise region in Italy. That from-scratch cooking is still being served up 36 years later. If you’re looking for some amazing Italian food pre-show, Mamma has a dish you’re looking for. 

Mamma DiSalvo's famous lasagna.

Location: 1375 E. Stroop Road, Kettering 

Contact: or 937-299-5831 

🍴Arepas and Co. 

Arepas and Co. specializes in Colombian comfort food. Most of the dishes are gluten-free and all are delicious. Arepas are savory white cornmeal patties stuffed with fillings and sauce. The Colombian Platter is a great way to make an introduction to this wonderful food variety and get ready for an exciting night filled with surprises. 

Arepas & Co's Arepa Choclo and patacon con todo. (Staff photo by Amelia Robinson)

Location: 1122 E. Dorothy Lane, Kettering 

Contact: or 937-503-5192 

🍴MCL Restaurant 

Old-school cafeteria dishes and baked goods served up cafeteria style? Count us in. It’s jokingly referred to as the Medicare Lounge, but if you go, you’ll see it’s for whippersnappers too with hot, delicious food served up to order with very little waiting involved. 

Getting in line at MCL Restaurant and Bakery starts with the salads. Contributed photo by Alexis Larsen

Location: 4485 Far Hills Ave., Kettering 

Contact: or 937-299-6605 

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🍴Troni’s Pizza & Restaurant

Troni’s is a family owned and operated pizza restaurant in Kettering, specializing in huge, New York-style pizza slices. While you’re waiting for your fresh-baked pizza to finish, their garlic knots are insanely popular with regulars. 

As everyone knows, pizza can be classy or casual, and is always a perfect option before an evening or afternoon of listening to good music. 

Troni's Pizza and Restaurant in Kettering is a family owned business. Pictured are Sami Troni (center) with his wife Nizafet (left) and daughter Hanife (right).(Lisa Powell/Lisa Powell/Dayton Daily News)

Location: 1314 E. Dorothy Lane, Kettering 

Contact: or 937.643.9921

🍴Roost Events

Roost Events, the restaurant adjacent to Fraze Pavilion, will offer regular dinner service for at least 29 concerts and other events this season.

“We will be serving classic American fare with some Roost favorites:  Blackened Salmon, Truffle Fries, Grilled Artichokes and Crab Mac ‘n’ Cheese,” Roost owner Dana Downs said. A full bar will be available.

Roost will offer diners two separate seatings on its patio, which is a popular destination on show nights: one before the show, for those who have tickets and will be attending the performance, and one as the concert starts, for those who will be listening to music from the patio.

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Park City Club, a new restaurant by Roost Modern Italian chef/owner Dana Downs, is more than an excuse to visit Lincoln Park Boulevard in or out of Fraze season: it's a downright requirement. A soft opening featuring a limited menu occurred over Thanksgiving weekend, where new patrons indulged in savory dishes like a pickled shrimp cocktail, corned bread and "maque choux," and several varieties of delicious pizza. Park City Club, 580 Lincoln Park Blvd. in Kettering, opens for dinner service Dec. 1. VIVIENNE MACHI / STAFF

Location: 580 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering

Contact: Roost Restaurants or (937) 222-3100

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Stars in Yellow Springs for Dave Chappelle’s sold-out Juke Joint 

Published: Monday, May 28, 2018 @ 11:11 AM


Dave Chappelle, the Dayton area’s resident superstar, opened a star-studded barn party revealing the answer to a question he gets all the time...

Why Ohio? 

“Why not Ohio?” Chappelle said shortly after joking that the Ohio River was often the first thing escaped slaves saw as they made a trek north to freedom. 

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Sunday was the first of two “Juke Joint” parties Chappelle is throwing in a barn in Yellow Springs.

“This is a barn. This is the middle of nowhere,” he said during the show on Whitehall Farms in the Tecumseh Land Trust. 

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He later added that “tonight we take off our cool” and it didn’t matter who people thought they were. 

Tickets went on sale on Thursday, May 24, 2018  for two nights of Dave Chappelle’s Juke Joint in Yellow Springs featuring  D-Nice and Fred Yonnet and The Band With No Name. 

Comedian Dave Chappelle gets close to fans while hosting a special concert of the 2006 African American Cross Cultural Works Blues, Jazz & Culture Fest Sunday, Sept. 10, 2006, in Yellow Springs, Ohio. (AP Photo/Dayton Daily News, Chris Stewart)

Both nights  of the cellphone-free parties sold out within 15 minutes.

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The second party begins tonight at 8 p.m. 

Chappelle, a Yellow Springs area resident, wore a Cleveland  Cavaliers cap for part of the night . He praised the people from his adopted state during the all-night bash filled with  live and DJ-ed Hip Hop, Blues, R&B, funk and rock music. 

Fans  with VIP and general admission tickets were granted access to the barn. Those with the lesser priced barn yard could watch it on a screen set up outside. There were food trucks and beer stations. 

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“Why not Ohio?” became a battle call repeated through a night that featured performances from a list of celebrities that included Jill Scott,  Jarobi White of A Tribe Called Quest, Doug E. Fresh and Martin Luther McCoy.

Yeah. I could see myself plowing the back 40. 🤣😂🤣🤣 #jedipleasure

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McCoy is best known from the motion picture “Across the Universe.”

Chappelle called Hannibal Buress to the stage, but the comedian influential to the #MeToo Movement apparently was no longer in the barn.  

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Chappelle said he was grateful to raise his children here and to be a part of the community.  He referred to recent suicides in Yellow Springs and urged those in need to reach out for help. 

The star made famous by “Chappelle’s Show” said his celebrity friends where there for love and not money. 

Scott owned the stage. She improvised one entire song on the spot. 

Dressed in a Nirvana T-shirt, Chappelle crowd surfed as the crowd and musicians performed a song from the band. 

The comedian served as hype man and did a good amount of singing himself.   

Towards the end of the night, Chappelle led the crowd in singing Radiohead’s “Creep” and Roberta Flake’s “Killing me Softly with his Song.”

Off to see the Wizard. 😍

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Chappelle had his first Juke Joint in Yellow Springs in 2015. He has since had similar bashes all around the country.

At the 2016 Juke Joint at the barn, local residents danced the house down with a list of celebs that included rappers, Talib Kweli and Q-Tip, CBS News' Gayle King, actor Bradley Cooper, model/actress Naomi Campbell, comedian Donnell Rawlings and magician David Blaine. 

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The story behind the famous little sandwich people will drive hundreds of miles to get

Published: Tuesday, May 31, 2016 @ 12:39 PM
Updated: Thursday, March 15, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

The loose-meat Maid-Rite Sandwich at The Maid-Rite Sandwich Shoppe in Greenville made the Mental_Floss list of
The loose-meat Maid-Rite Sandwich at The Maid-Rite Sandwich Shoppe in Greenville made the Mental_Floss list of "The Best Burgers in All 50 States." But it's not a burger, which by definition, consists of at least one meat patty, and some folks may have a beef with that.(Connie Post)

If you’ve never heard of Maid-Rites, let us introduce you to this famous little sandwich that hails from Greenville, Ohio. 

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This little slightly sweet loose-meat sandwich — best described as kind of like a Sloppy Joe minus the sauce — has a bit of a cult following.  
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People will drive crazy distances for one. There are copycat recipes all over Pinterest. Here’s the story behind the Maid-Rite. 

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The Maid-Rite Sandwich Shoppe is a destination diner. It’s a tiny little building covered in gum. Yes, it’s really covered in gum. It’s long been a tradition that diners would affix chewed-up gum to its walls. The diner opened in Greenville in 1934 and is famous for its sandwiches and shakes. Just fyi, it also serves ice cream and beer. 

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"It's such a well-known novelty here in Darke County,” said Matt Staugler, the executive director of the Darke County Visitors Bureau. 
The meat for the Maid-Rite sandwich isn't fried in its own grease. "It's steamed ground beef with a seasoning put over it," said Mark Koontz, one of the members of the family that's owned and operated restaurant since it opened more than 80 years ago. 

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What is its secret ingredient? "A lot of love and family dedication," said Koontz, who added that he's been around that restaurant "ever since I was little." 
The sandwich comes with your choice of mustard, pickle and onion, on a bun, for $2.05. Add a slice of cheese and the price is $2.30. If you’re daring try the Big Jim, which adds ham. 

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Just as intriguing as its loose meat sandwich is the outside of the Maid-Rite building. It's rather nondescript except for the fact that diners stick their chewing gum on the wall. 

“One of the most unique eateries around, the Maid Rite lures hungry visitors from hundreds of miles away just to taste the legendary sandwich made just right in a modest shoppe located in the little rural Southwest Ohio towne of Greenville.  If any one place can reflect the city’s heart and soul, it is this miniscule eatery with a big attraction,” according to” 

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In 2016, Mental_Floss came out with a list of “The Best Burger in All 50 States,” and Ohio’s winner? The Maid-Rite. Even thought it technically isn’t a burger.
"Many Ohioans know and love Swensons in Cleveland (including Akron native LeBron James), but few have heard of hidden gem Maid-Rite in Greenville. Established in 1934, Maid-Rite’s loose-meat burgers have a cult following among those in on the tasty secret, with many driving hours out of the way to get their fill of delicious Maid-Rite and Cheese-Rite sandwiches."

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Want to go?

WHAT: The Maid-Rite Sandwich Shoppe

WHERE: 125 N. Broadway St., Greenville OH

HOURS: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday

INFO: Website | Facebook | 937-548-9340

Photo courtesy of The Maid-Rite Sandwich Shoppe Facebook.

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One of Dayton’s most prestigious clubs just raised the bar -- literally 

Published: Tuesday, December 19, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 5:03 PM

The  upper lounge at the 29th Stories Lounge in the Dayton Racquet Club in downtown Dayton.  Photo: Amelia Robinson
Photo: Amelia Robinson
The upper lounge at the 29th Stories Lounge in the Dayton Racquet Club in downtown Dayton. Photo: Amelia Robinson(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

The highest bar in Dayton is now even higher. 

The Racquet Club, located at 40 North Main St. on the 29th floor of the Kettering Tower, opened a lounge above the bar a few months ago, Jocelin Dean, the club’s membership director said.

Thanks to the addition, the club’s 29 Stories Lounge is now 29½ stories tall, Dean said. 

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It is a feather in an already-high hat. 

“We already were the tallest  building in Dayton. We already have that distinction of being the tallest (bar),”  Dean said. 

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The lounge’s space had held bleachers overlooking the club’s squash courts. 

“It was just dead wasted space,” Dean said. “We figured there had to be a better use for it.” 

A hallway wall was also moved to open up the front of the bar, and new seating was added. 

The renovations are part of $250,000 in work undertook at the club during the past three years. 

Dean said additional changes will be made based on member feedback and use. 

“It is a space that is always being tweaked,” she said. 

The club is working with members to determine the right funiture and function of the space, Dean said.

The club’s 29 Stories Lounge was completed in 2011 to address member requests for a more causal setting to take clients and for after work socializing and networking. 

Such a space had been suggested since shortly after the club — the brainchild of Virginia Kettering — opened in 1971.

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The 29th Stories Lounge is restricted to members and their guests, but Dean said there are several public events held annually. 

“Anybody who is curious to see what the bar looks like can always contact me for a tour,” she said.

Racquet Club membership ranges from $60 to $200 a month, depending on included features. 

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The upper lounge at the 29th Stories Lounge in the Dayton Racquet Club in downtown Dayton. Photo: Amelia Robinson(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

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