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Published: Tuesday, December 19, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 5:03 PM
— 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.
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.
>> RELATED: Inside the Dayton Racquet Club: towering venue ‘squashing’ misconceptions, drawing new members (May 10, 2013)
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.
>> RELATED: Dayton Walk of Fame member Virginia Kettering
Published: Tuesday, May 31, 2016 @ 12:39 PM
Updated: Thursday, March 15, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
If you’ve never heard of Maid-Rites, let us introduce you to this famous little sandwich that hails from Greenville, Ohio.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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 OhioTraveler.com.”
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."
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
Published: Tuesday, May 09, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
— A few miles cannot keep a girl away from a delicious sandwich.
Such a sandwich is on the menu at Cozy’s Cafe and Pub, the relatively new eatery next to Cozy’s Cottage.
The Butler County business was named the most charming restaurant in Ohio and a place to get “a memorable meal in a historic venue.”
That’s according to LoveFood.com, which doled out the honors to Cozy’s Café & Pub. The restaurant opened at 6440 Cincinnati-Dayton Road in Liberty Twp. in 2016, two years after owner Jan Collins opened Cozy’s Cottage.
The simply-not-simple grilled bologna is well worth the 30-minute-or-so drive from Dayton to the restaurant, which is located at 6440 Cincinnati Dayton Road in Butler County’s Liberty Township.
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The sandwich is featured on the restaurant’s pub menu for $11 on the weekend brunch menu.
Jimi Gadd, the executive chef of Cozy’s Cafe and Pub, said the sandwich starts with a great brioche bun from Sixteen Bricks Artisan Bakehouse bakery in Cincinnati.
“A sandwich always starts with the bread,” Gadd said. “You want something that is not going to get soggy on you.”
The bun is seared with butter on the restaurant’s flattop for mouthwatering results.
>> MORE: 9 must-eat sandwiches in Dayton
Cozy’s Cafe and Pub uses thin slices of a German bologna on the sandwich and elevated it with a thick slice of aged white cheddar and a whole grain mustard aioli-style sauce.
Crispy onion straws gives the sandwich much needed texture. It comes complete with fruit, salad or chips.
Cozy’s complex is impressive. Cozy’s Cottage opened in 2013 in a remodeled ranch house.
The chic and rustic pub and cafe opened in October of 2016 and has a patio.
The businesses are owned by Jan Collins, the owner of Putters Sports Grill restaurants.
Gadd said he and his team strive to offer the best brunch around.
They are well on their way, with a menu that also includes a killer brunch charcuterie board ($21), fresh-cut breakfast potatoes, a Bloody Mary bar, country short rib biscuits ($13) and a chorizo focaccia sandwich that includes over-easy eggs, a charred avocado salsa and farmers cheese.
>> PHOTOS: Brunch at Cozy’s Cafe and Pub
The restaurant is upscale, but not pretentious.
Close to closing during our visit, staff members sung along to music playing over the speakers ranging from Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger” to the The Commodores’ "Oh No" as they cleared tables and delivered final meals.
So -- have we convinced you yet?
Want to go?
WHAT: Cozy’s Cafe & Pub
WHEN: 4-9:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 4-10:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Brunch is served from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturdays and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sundays.
WHERE: 6440 Cincinnati Dayton Road, Liberty Twp., Ohio
Published: Sunday, December 31, 2018 @ 12:39 PM
Dayton — Funds are being collected to help employees impacted by a fire at one of the Oregon District’s most popular restaurants.
Meg Shaw, the general manager at Salar Restaurant and Lounge, set up a GoFundMe fundraiser for employees of the restaurant.
The description reads:
On Friday, December 29th, the incredible and loyal staff at Salar Restaurant and Lounge received the devastating news that their home away from home had suffered a tragic and major fire. The staff has worked so hard for the almost five years that Salar has been a part of our community, and are searching for employment in the interim that Salar is closed. We want to give back to staff in their time of need and hope that you’ll help us provide this for them.
Thank you to everyone for your support. We will be back!
About 35 people work in the restaurant that Margot Blondet, a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in Lima, Peru, opened in 2013.
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.
Dayton fire crews were dispatched to Salar at 6:20 a.m. Friday on reports of smoke.
>> FIRST REPORTS: Fire at Salar
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.
The spice shop Spice Paradise and Hicks' Barber Shop & Shave Parlor on Brown are also among the businesses closed until further notice due to the fire.
Published: Thursday, June 29, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
— Installation complete! 416 Diner is now open and has started slinging eggs, burgers, hoagies and pepperoni rolls.
The owner, Guy Fragmin purchased the building in 2005 as a retirement investment.
Canal Street Arcade & Deli opened on June 28 at 308 E. First St. in downtown Dayton, the former site of Canal Street Tavern and Canal Public House.
Here are five things to know about 416 Diner:
Fragmin says he constantly gets questions about the restaurant’s name, but the answer is pretty simple: the name is taken from the business’ address at 416 E. Fifth St.
THE SERVICE WINDOW
Customers will be able to order from the restaurant’s walk-up service window late nights Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Tables will be set up on the patio.
Fragmin has long dreamed of opening a restaurant. His mom recently sent him a picture he drew in grade school of his then-future restaurant.
416 marks a complete career shift. Fragmin worked in advertising sales at the former Berry Company.
“When the deli decided they were going to move out, I just pulled everything forward and took my retirement. You see every penny I’ve ever made in my whole entire life,” he said with a laugh. “The community is ready and right for it. The city is growing like crazy. I am very excited.”
THERE WILL BE PEPPERONI ROLLS
Fragmin expects that the eatery’s West Virginia-style pepperoni rolls will be a big hit. Here is how they are described on the menu:
A West Virginia favorite and our signature offering. A roll of fresh baked bread stuffed with spicy pepperoni makes for a delicious treat or a meal. Add cheese, chili, pizza sauce, or coleslaw to create your own unique flavor.
THE REST OF THE MENU
Fragmin said he is pumped to get some grease on the restaurant’s spanking new equipment and includes separate griddles for meat and veggies and a conveyor oven nicknamed Lincoln.
416 Diner’s menu can be found on its website.
Fragmin said the menu might change slightly. He is researching gluten-free items and a veggie burger.
Breakfast items include: several omelets, an egg and chive scramble, the 416 Starter (one egg served with two strips of bacon or a sausage patty, choice of toast, and hash browns) and the Early Burger (a quarter pound burger with a fried egg and two strips of bacon served with hash browns or fried potatoes).
Lunch and dinner options include: a variety of salads, burgers and hoagie sandwiches including cheese steaks, hot ham, the Hunter (marinated chicken and grilled steak, cheddar and provolone, crisp lettuce, fresh tomato, red onion and mayo), the Gatherer (roasted red pepper, grilled onions and mushrooms, fresh tomato and crisp lettuce with herbed mayo) and the Sergeant Pepper Burger (a quarter pound burger with grilled peppers, pepper jack cheese and spicy mayo on a toasted bun sprinkled with fresh black pepper).
The counter stools and each booth has an own electrical outlet to allow customers to charge phones.
“You come in and eat and charge your phone,” Fragmin said.
He said the restaurant’s heating, plumbing and electrical systems were completely remodeled.
“It’s been an amazing adventure,” Fragmin said. “There is a lot of love and a lot of effort that’s gone into to getting it ready for everybody.”