Here’s what Abuelo’s has to say about the closure of its Beavercreek restaurant

Published: Wednesday, January 03, 2018 @ 7:15 AM
Updated: Friday, February 02, 2018 @ 10:51 AM

Abuelo’s Mexican restaurant shuts its doors

The corporate owner of the Dayton area’s only Abuelo’s Mexican restaurant that shut down earlier this week in Beavercreek has released a handful of details about the closing and their future plans -- and there’s little for its customers to cheer about.

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“We don’t currently have plans to open another location in the Dayton area,” Melanie Carroll, marketing director for Abuelo’s corporate parent, Food Concepts International, told this news outlet in response to emailed questions.

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The Abuelo’s has been a Beavercreek dining option since it opened in 2005 at 2420 N. Fairfield Road, just south of the Mall at Fairfield Commons. The store shut down permanently earlier this week, and company officials acknowledged the shutdown on the Abuelo’s Mexican Restaurant Facebook page on Tuesday, Jan. 2, in response to a customer’s posted comment.

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“If you have gift cards with outstanding balances, we welcome you to use them in our other Abuelo’s restaurants in Ohio or at any of our locations nationwide,” a sign on the restaurant’s door tells customers. Carroll mentioned the Abuelo’s locations in Mason and Columbus, as well as a restaurant in Crestview Hills in northern Kentucky near Cincinnati. 

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All employees impacted by the Beavercreek closure were personally notified, and managers were on-site to provide assistance in helping them find other employment opportunities in the community, Carroll said. She thanked the chain’s Dayton-area guests “for their loyal patronage over the years.” 

Abuelo’s opened its restaurant on North Fairfield Road in Beavercreek in 2005. Staff file photo by Jim Witmer(Staff Writer)

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The closing of Abuelo’s represents the second shutdown of a high-profile Mexican-themed restaurant in the North Fairfield Road strip in about 16 months. The Don Pablo’s Tex-Mex restaurant at 2745 Fairfield Commons Blvd. in front of the Fairfield Commons Mall closed its doors for good in September 2016. 

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Increased competition from a surge in restaurant openings in and around the Mall at Fairfield Commons — and perhaps from a similar-concept restaurant Chuy’s, which opened its large new Tex-Mex restaurant near the mall’s entrance in December 2015 — may have played a role in the closure.

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Other high-profile openings in the past year have included Melt Bar & Grilled, FUSIAN, and MacKenzie River Pizza Grill Pub, all at or in front of the Fairfield Commons mall. In addition, Flyboys Deli, which operates a restaurant in Oakwood, is gearing up to open a second location near the mall’s front entrance later this month. 

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Councilman apologizes for comments to Plush family amid calls for resignation

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 4:49 AM

Cincinnati council member apologizes to Plush family

A Cincinnati councilman is apologizing for comments he made to Kyle Plush’s family while the county’s republican chairman has called for his resignation.

Democratic Cincinnati City Councilman Wendell Young implied Plush’s family may seek financial compensation for the teen’s death in a Tuesday special council meeting, saying, “But there’s no amount of money that’s going to make you happy.”

Kyle Plush suffocated in a van last week despite calling 911 twice.

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“The choice of words I used, while not intending to cause hurt, allowed them to misinterpret what I was trying to say,” Young said at Wednesday’s council meeting, according to our partners at WCPO. “My fault entirely.”

Alex Triantafilou, chairman of the Hamilton County Republican Party, called for Young’s resignation, according to WCPO.

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“I was offended and hurt for the family,” Triantafilou said. “I think our community has been so affected by this tragedy, and to have an elected leader in government make remarks that were so cross and painful — I was sad. I was saddened by the whole thing.”

Young's colleagues on city council said the exchange was embarrassing. 

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"You have to be ultra-sensitive and supportive of the family, and he definitely missed the mark there," Republican Amy Murray said. "It was shocking to me." 

Democrat Tamaya Dennard also called it "shocking," while fellow Democrat Greg Landsman called it "awful." 

"I don't know how to explain it. It was a terrible, terrible thing," Landsman said. 

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Tim Burke, the county's Democratic Party chairman, told WCPO by phone that calls for Young's resignation were unjustified.

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WATCH: Cruiser camera catches house explosion after driver crashes into gas line

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 4:23 AM

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Police cruiser camera caught footage of a house explosion after the driver of a car lost control and hit the house and struck a gas line.

A mother, father and their adult son were inside the home at the time of the crash and explosion. Officers could hear screaming in the house and breached a back door to rescue the family from the wreckage, according to the Hurst Police Department.

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The woman was found severely injured and buried in rubble. The son was treated and released from the hospital, while both the mother and father are being treated for serious burn injuries, according to police.

Two officers outside the house were also injured in the explosion. Both of their injuries were reported to be minor, but one of the officers went to a hospital to be checked out.

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The driver of the car that lost control was not seriously injured, but was arrested for not having a valid driver’s license, according to a city spokesperson.

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Local man wins $20,000 in popular ‘HQ Trivia’ game app 

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 2:31 AM

Local man wins $20K from popular phone app

A Miamisburg man won $20,000 after recently playing the popular HQ Trivia game app on his phone.

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Jason Varney answered 15 trivia questions correctly on the app that typically allows people, twice a day, to attempt to get 12 trivia questions right in efforts to win part of a $5,000 jackpot.

In Varney’s case, the prize amount went up to $250,000 as part of a marketing deal between the app and a movie. The increased prize money also called for an increase in the number of questions he had to answer, from 12 to 15.

“When I was getting past question 12, my heart was pumping out of my shirt. I could’t believe what was going. It was visibly beating through my shirt. It was incredible”, Varney said. 

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He said the $20,000 will allow him to fly to Florida to see his great grandmother, who is recovering from a heart procedure. 

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40-plus cats euthanized after infection sweeps Tenn. animal shelter 

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 4:15 AM

Animal lovers angry after 40-plus cats euthanized at Tenn shelter.

An animal shelter in Tennessee is defending its decision to euthanize more than 40 cats after an infection swept through the facility. 

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According to WATE-TV, animal lovers became outraged after learning the Pets without Parents shelter, which was reported to be a “no-kill” facility, put down dozens of cats. 

After weeks of attempting to nurse close to 50 cats that became infected with upper respiratory infections back to health, the shelter said euthanization was their last resort and only option. 

“My heart is animals,” said Lory Souders, the shelter’s president. “I’ve tried to save as many as I can.”

Although a number of people in the community claim the shelter isn’t doing enough to properly care for the animals and prevent disease from spreading, Souders says the problem is overcrowding.

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Pets Without Parents has a contract with the county and the city, and must accept all pets dropped off by animal control.

"We have had a situation here," Souders said. "We've been full for a long time."

Not only are they full, but they're well over capacity. The facility is built to house around 150 pets, and it's now holding more than 200.

Despite the overcrowded challenges, Souders said the only time they euthanize is when animals are either too aggressive or too sick to find a new home.

What the facility really needs, according to Souders, is for more people to give shelter animals loving homes.

Souders hopes this unfortunate situation raises awareness about adopting and volunteering with animals. 

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