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Published: Monday, March 05, 2018 @ 3:20 PM
Updated: Friday, April 27, 2018 @ 3:59 PM
— Chicago-based pizza chain Giordano’s and Texas-based Jason’s Deli have signed leases to open their first Dayton-area locations near the Mall at Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek, David Sheehy, a commercial real-estate broker with Anchor Associates, told this news outlet on March 5.
Giordano’s, a deep-dish pizza specialist, will occupy 5,300 square feet of the former Logan’s Roadhouse restaurant and an addition that is being built onto it on Centre Drive near the mall, Sheehy said. Jason’s Deli will occupy 4,800 square feet. If all goes as planned, the restaurants could open by the end of the year, the commercial real-estate broker said.
» EARLIER COVERAGE: Chicago-based pizzeria Giordano’s opens first Ohio location
Giordano’s officials were impressed by the site’s proximity to Wright State University, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and Beavercreek residential areas, Sheey said. The North Fairfield Road area is a strong retail corridor, said Sheehy, who also brokered two other restaurants that opened nearby: BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse and Chuy’s.
Construction, however, is still in its early stages. Jeff McGrath, planning and development director for the city of Beavercreek, said Giordano’s has not filed for any permits, and renovation of the former Logan’s has not begun.
» EARLIER COVERAGE: 4 restaurants, retailers coming to vacant Logan’s Roadhouse
Developers indicated last October that they were looking to build an addition and renovate the vacant Logan’s Roadhouse to bring in multiple new restaurants and retailers to the area near the Mall at Fairfield Commons.
Logan’s Roadhouse shut down its restaurant at the site in September 2016. Employees were told high rent and the upcoming renegotiation of a lease were factors in the decision to close the Beavercreek location.
The Giordano’s pizza chain opened its first Ohio location last summer in the Polaris Center in Columbus. Launched in Chicago in 1974, Giordano’s has been named “Chicago’s Best Pizza” by NBC, CBS Chicago, the New York Times, Chicago Magazine,and the Chicago Tribune.
Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 1:35 AM
ATLANTA — Three filmmakers visiting Georgia lost more than $50,000 in equipment when their rental car was burglarized and robbed Thursday night, Atlanta police said.
According to an incident report obtained Friday by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the men were eating dinner at the time of the theft. A few hours after loading the equipment into the car, the men returned to find one of the back car windows smashed, police said.
The thieves stole the professional equipment as well as personal items belonging to each of the men, according to police.
Officers collected blood from the broken window and are still searching for a suspect.
The victims were in town to shoot photos of Atlanta for Tantra, a production company headquartered in Colorado.
Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 1:16 AM
— A convenience store clerk last week offered an Oregon man a chance to buy two lottery tickets that were printed by mistake. The man bought one and left, then thought better of it and returned to buy the other one.
It was a decision for which he would be richly rewarded.
That second ticket Charles Svitak bought June 16 at a 7-Eleven store earned him a $7.3 million payday in Oregon’s Megabucks game, KDRV reported.
"When I checked the ticket on my computer I couldn't believe it," Svitak told The Oregonian. "The first thing I thought is that I had worked my last graveyard shift."
Svitak, who works in Medford, took the lump sum option, which was for $3.65 million, KDRV reported.
Patrick Johnson, public affairs officer at the Oregon Lottery, told the Oregonian that the tickets were not Quick Picks, where numbers are randomly generated by the computer.
Svitak did not tell his wife about the winnings. He went to Salem to get the check and then bought a truck.
"On the way home I got a new truck and put the oversized check they gave me on the windshield," Svitak told the Oregonian.
Svitak showed his wife the check and truck when he returned home.
Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 12:26 AM
A video of Father Jacques Lacroix, 89, went viral after Sunday’s baptism ceremony in the southeastern suburbs of Paris.
A Reddit user posted video that showed a clearly irritated Lacroix using his left hand to slap the child. The video also was posted on YouTube.
The furor caused the priest to resign.
“I apologized for my clumsiness to the family. I am finishing my ministry now, it was my last baptism,” Lacroix said. “There is an end to everything.”
During the video, Lacroix tells the child to “Calm down, calm down, you must calm down.” He tells the boy to be quiet before squeezing the boy’s face in his hands, the Daily Mail reported.
The priest then stared at the boy before using his left hand to slap him.
The boy’s parents and family reacted immediately, with the child’s father wrestling him away from the priest, the Daily Mail reported.
Lacroix Jacques denied the slap was too hard, telling France Info radio on Friday that “It was somewhere between a caress and a slap, I hoped to calm him down, I didn't know what to do.”
“The child was screaming a lot and I had to turn his head to pour water over it.
I told him to ‘calm down, calm down,’ but he was not calming down,” Lacroix said. “I tried to hold him close. I just wanted him to calm down.”
Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 12:00 AM
LEBANON — Warren County officials are seeking options for financing a project to build an event center at the county fairgrounds, including possibly partnering with the City of Lebanon or turning to the county’s port authority.
Lebanon Mayor Amy Brewer said the city government was ready to consider collaborating with the county on redevelopment of the fairgrounds, located just north of the city’s downtown center.
“That’s something we as a city can take a look at,” Brewer said last week.
Previously, the city and county had disagreed about how to spend $3 million set aside for redevelopment of the fairgrounds and vicinity after the Lebanon Raceway’s operations moved off the fairgrounds to the Miami Valley Gaming racino.
In 2014, the disagreement prompted state officials to mediate an agreement, which said that the city and county would each get half of the money. A committee of members from the two governments, chaired by the city, would review projects submitted to spend those funds.
Last week, Warren County commissioners approved Lebanon to spend the rest of its funds from that agreement on design of a downtown entertainment district.
At the same meeting, commissioners urged staff to encourage the city to help the county make up a deficit on a $3.8 million event center project at the fairgrounds.
“We should be collaborating on the redevelopment of the fairgrounds,” Commissioner Dave Young said at last Tuesday’s commission meeting.
Young pointed out the project should bring earnings taxes, as well as visitors, to Lebanon.
Commissioner Tom Grossmann noted the city used almost $900,000 of its $1.5 million in redevelopment funds on a private project, the $9.3 million LCNB bank building south of the fairgrounds on the edge of downtown Lebanon.
None of the city money went toward projects on the fairgrounds.
“We have a need,” Grossmann said.
Commissioner Shannon Jones was a state senator involved in settling the dispute in 2014. At Tuesday’s meeting, she urged Young not to “re-litigate” the dispute and emphasized that the state left it up to Lebanon how it spent the money, provided it was for something within 1.5 miles of the fairgrounds.
She joined Young and Grossmann in pursuing a partnership with the city.
“I hope Lebanon will come to the table,” she said.
The event center project is over budget in large part because of required improvements to the water system and stormwater management at the fairgrounds.
While not willing to set aside other plans for the redevelopment funds, Deputy Administrator Martin Russell told the commission that Lebanon City Manager Scott Brunka had also indicated willingness to discuss “other opportunities.”
Gene Steiner, president of the Warren County Agricultural Society, said last week that the county and fair board were still considering options such as looking to the city for financial assistance or turning the project over to the port authority.
The agricultural society — known as the fair board — operates the fairgrounds and puts on the annual fair in July.
A port authority intervention could result in the event center being owned by the port authority and leased to the fair board, avoiding sales tax on building materials.
“From what we know, I have no reservations with that whatsoever,” Steiner said. “We’re still investigating the best opportunity for the project.”
Costs in a port authority-run project would also be decreased by avoiding prevailing wage laws required on public projects.
Steiner said a city-county collaboration on the fairgrounds would be “mutually beneficial.” They could cross-promote and share advertising on days both were staging festivities, he said.
“The more there is to do in an area, the more people we can bring in,” Steiner said.
The Lebanon mayor left open the door for discussion, perhaps involving the city providing in-kind services to help cut costs of the fairgrounds makeover.