Chili’s brings its ‘baby back baby back baby back’ — with a new twist

Published: Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 6:00 AM


            Chili’s Grill & Bar’s Baby Back Ribs. Photo from Chili’s Grill & Bar Facebook page
Chili’s Grill & Bar’s Baby Back Ribs. Photo from Chili’s Grill & Bar Facebook page

Chili’s Grill & Bar is bringing back its “I want my baby back/baby back/baby back” ad jingle to help the restaurant chain introduce its tweaked concept that boosts a smaller menu but larger entrees — including those famous Baby Back Ribs that the original song promoted.

The iconic jingle — introduced 31 years ago and awarded the No. 1 song “Most Likely to Get Stuck in Your Head” by Ad Age in 2004 — has been rewritten a bit to let people know that ‘“Chili’s Is Back, Baby” and focused on its core offerings: quality burgers, ribs and fajitas, according to a Chili’s release. You can view and listen to the revised jingle at this Chili’s web site.

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“We admit that as a brand, we lost our way a bit and needed to take a step back to successfully move forward, which for us, included going back to our roots and revisiting our iconic jingle that was once on everyone’s lips,” Steve Provost, chief marketing and innovation officer of Chili’s, said in a release.

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“But we didn’t just want to revive the original jingle, we wanted to break out of the casual dining ‘sea-of-sameness’ rut and let our guests know that Chili’s Is Back, Baby and better at what we’ve always done best – serving quality burgers, ribs and fajitas, washed down with a cold margarita.”

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Those dishes are on the menu as Bigger Big Mouth Burgers, Bigger Baby Back Ribs and Full-On Fajitas, and Chili’s officials say the dishes are bigger. The fajitas now have nearly 50 percent more chicken or beef, and the entire burger lineup now uses eight-ounce (half-pound) beef patties. Theh ribs, Chili’s says, are now “Texas-sized, with more meat.”

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The overall size of the food menu has shrunk, however. Chili’s has cut the number of menu items it offers to 75, from the 125 that it offered at the beginning of the year, according to Nation’s Restaurant News.

Chili’s operates restaurants at 2762 N. Fairfield Road near the Mall at Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek, at 1110 Miamisburg-Centerville Road near the Dayton Mall, and at 3393 Princeton Road in Bridgewater Falls in Hamilton.

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Today marks 3rd anniversary of Beavercreek tornado

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 7:10 PM

Today marks 3rd anniversary of Beavercreek tornado

Today marks the third anniversary of a tornado that ripped through Beavercreek, damaging businesses and homes.

The most damage was to part of the Greene Crossing Shopping Plaza off Indian Ripple Road, where two people suffered minor injuries while inside their vehicles.

VIDEO: Beavercreek tornado of 2015

Don Moncrief is a mechanic at Performance Bicycle at the strip mall. He said he’ll never forget the twister that came through.

“It started to rain real hard and I was just standing right back here, right where I am now,” he said.

Store surveillance video shows the tornado as it traveled through the parking lot, hitting portions of the building as drivers try to veer out of its path.

“And I looked and I’ve never been close to a tornado before but I knew as it brushed the front of the building, I knew exactly what it was,” Moncrief said.

A tornado toppled cars and tore roofs off businesses at the Greene Crossing Shopping Center May 26, 2015, in Beavercreek. LISA POWELL / STAFF FILE

Another video shows large pieces of debris land on two vehicles.

“I could see the debris swirling. It blew our door open (to the shop). I could look up and see the windows and glass just flexing like crazy,” he said. “It came and went. I didn’t even have time to get scared.”

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The National Weather Service classified the tornado as an EF-1 with maximum wind speeds of 105 mph. The width of the tornado was 70 yards, and it was on the ground for one minute and traveled a half-mile. As many as 22 cars sustained damage in the shopping center parking lot in addition to building damage, the NWS said.

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There was plenty of damage to the Fit Works gym next door to Performance Bicycle, which was closed for nine days, Moncrief said.

“It wasn’t a vicious tornado, but I don’t want to do another one,” he said. “One’s enough.”

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Bicyclist struck, killed on West Main Street in Troy

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 12:14 PM
Updated: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 5:20 PM

Bicyclist struck, killed on West Main Street in Troy

A bicyclist was killed late Saturday morning after he was struck by an SUV while headed west on West Main Street.

  • Bicyclist pronounced dead at scene
  • Victim’s identity not yet released
  • Motorist taken to hospital as precaution

The bicyclist was traveling west in the curb lane in the 900 block of West Main Street just before noon when he was ended up in the path of an oncoming SUV and was struck, Troy police Capt. Joe Long said.

The victim, described as an older man from the Troy area, was not identified. 

He was not wearing a helmet and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. His body was taken to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office for an autopsy.

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The driver of the SUV was not believed to be injured but was taken to Upper Valley Medical Center in Troy as a precaution.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Subtropical Storm Alberto expected to strengthen, tropical storm warning issued for Gulf Coast area

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 5:50 PM

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Subtropical Storm Alberto continues to strengthen as a tropical storm watch has been issued for parts of Florida, Alabama and Mississippi drenching Memorial Day weekend plans for much of the Gulf Coast. 

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A tropical storm warning has been issued for parts of the Florida Gulf Coast including from Bonita Beach to the Anclote River as well as north near the Aucilla River to the Mississippi/Alabama border, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

A tropical storm warning means tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area.

Heavy rainfall is expected as the storm, with sustained winds of 40 mph, continues to move at 13 mph through the Dry Tortugas. 

Five day forecast map. (Photo: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

A storm surge watch has also been issued for parts of Florida and the Mississippi/Alabama border, officials said

The latest forecast ends the tropical storm and storm surge watch for parts of Louisiana. 

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Showers, storms push through this evening

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 6:55 AM
Updated: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 4:40 PM

A few storms are expected in the Dayton area this evening, with more dry time Sunday & Monday.

Showers and a few storms will push through this evening, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said. An isolated shower or storm can’t be ruled out through midnight.

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    QUICK-LOOK FORECAST:  

    • Few showers, storms move through this evening
    • Isolated shower or storms Sunday/Monday
    • Mainly dry and hot for Memorial Day 

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    Overnight: Dry conditions are expected as temperatures drop into the middle to upper 60s. Fog will be likely early Sunday.

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    Sunday: A dry start is expected to the day, which will be hot with highs in the upper 80s. With the daytime heat, there may be an isolated shower or storm, but it looks like most will stay dry. Don’t cancel your outdoor plans, but have a backup plan indoors.

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    Memorial Day: Lots of sunshine, hot and humid again for Monday. Highs will top out near 90 degrees with a heat index from 90 to 95 degrees. Once again, an isolated shower or storm can’t be ruled out.

    Tuesday: Another hot day is expected with highs near 90 degrees under mostly sunny skies.

    Wednesday: The chance for rain, maybe storms, returns with highs in the middle 80s. Rain comes from the remnants of Alberto, the first named tropical storm of the Atlantic season.

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    Thursday: The remnants of Alberto will give us more rain. Highs will be in the middle 80s.

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