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Huge makeover for local McDonald’s restaurant includes table service

Published: Monday, April 16, 2018 @ 7:28 AM
Updated: Thursday, June 07, 2018 @ 2:38 PM

A McDonald’s restaurant in the Centerville Washington Twp. area will undergo $500,000 in renovations in the coming weeks.

One of the Dayton area’s high-profile McDonald’s restaurants is poised to undergo a significant makeover — and will start offering table service — as part of the fast-food giant’s “Experience of the Future” initiative. 

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The renovations are coming soon at the McDonald’s location at 9228 Dayton-Lebanon Pike (Ohio 48) in Washington Twp. just south of Centerville. The exact timetable for the project has not been set, and although the restaurant will remain open during the renovations, there will be a three-week period in which the restaurant’s dining room will close while drive-through service will still be available, Phil Saken, spokesman for Dayton-area McDonald’s franchisees, told this news outlet via email.

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This McDonald's at 9228 Dayton-Lebanon Pike in Washington Twp. south of Centerville will undergo a significant makeover in the coming weeks. MARK FISHER/STAFF

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“This project will bring the McDonald's ‘Experience of the Future’ to customers at the Dayton-Lebanon Pike restaurant,” Saken said. “It will include ordering kiosks and table service, complemented by mobile order and pay with the option of curbside service outside.” 

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“What (McDonald’s franchise) owner/operator Debbie Wright is doing here is building a better McDonald's for her customers and investing in her community. These new features will enhance convenience and comfort for customers so that they can enjoy their McDonald's favorites on their terms. If all goes as planned (i.e. weather, etc.), customers should start enjoying these new features early this summer.”

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A building permit suggests the project could reach $500,000.  

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This McDonald's at 9228 Dayton-Lebanon Pike in Washington Twp. south of Centerville will undergo a significant makeover in the coming weeks. MARK FISHER/STAFF

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IHOP offering 60 cent pancakes TODAY for 60th anniversary

Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 9:08 AM

IHOP also said it would celebrate the return to pancakes by offering 60 cent flapjacks on Tuesday, July 17 for the chain's 60th birthday.
AJC file photo/For the AJC
IHOP also said it would celebrate the return to pancakes by offering 60 cent flapjacks on Tuesday, July 17 for the chain's 60th birthday.(AJC file photo/For the AJC)

After nearly a month of calling itself the "International House of Burgers," IHOP is going back to what made it famous — pancakes.

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The diner chain announced its second "name change" in as many months last week, tweeting that it would "never turn its back on pancakes (except for that time we faked it to promote our new burgers)".

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IHOP also said it would celebrate the return to pancakes by offering 60 cent flapjacks on Tuesday, July 17 for the chain's 60th birthday.

IHOP restaurants locally and nationwide will celebrate the return to pancakes with 60 cent flapjacks on Tuesday, July 17.(Staff Writer)

In early June, the chain announced it was flipping the "p" at the end of its name to become IHOb without explanation. The announcement caused days of speculation on social media as to what the "b" stood for.

The restaurant even changed signage at some high-profile locations to drum up publicity.

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On June 11, "IHOb" announced the "b" stood for burgers, and that it was offering a number of new promotional cheeseburgers.

The tweet sparked more social media reaction, particularly from burger chains like Wendy's and Burger King.


There are two IHOP locations in the Dayton-area
  • 2460 N Fairfield Rd, Beavercreek 
  • 7609 Old Troy Pike, Huber Heights

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6 beloved Dayton food trucks that have opened (or will soon open) restaurants

Published: Friday, July 06, 2018 @ 9:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 8:44 AM

Hunger Paynes food truck is gearing up to open a new venture inside the Dayton Mall.

The food truck phenomenon continues to roll across the region, enticing diners with a variety of cuisine.

Some owners of the mobile kitchens have recently opened  or plan to open - brick-and-mortar stores to complement or take the place of their trucks.

Here’s a look at the plans for 5 area food trucks that have added permanent restaurant locations:

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The Vistro 

The Vistro, an Asian-themed food truck, has officially opened The Vistro Modern Vietnamese restaurant at 3937 Linden Ave. across from the Eastown Shopping Center in Riverside. 

“Bricks and mortar has always been the end-game goal,” The Vistro founder and owner Myger Nguyen told this news outlet. 

Myger said he’s taking his parents’ recipes for Vietnamese dishes such as Pho, the classic soup of Vietnam, and update them and give them an occasional twist with ingredients and presentation. He also plans to serve noodle salads with grilled meats and fresh vegetables. 

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Zombie Dogz 

More than 50 trucks participated in this year's Miami County Gourmet Food Truck Rally, including Zombie Dogz. One of their specialties is a pizza-inspired dog called the Blood Graffiti. PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM PHOTOGRAPHY(Tom Gilliam)

Zombie Dogz was the first local food truck to add a restaurant in November 2016, when it opened at 1200 Brown St. near the campus of the University of Dayton. 

A sampling of the gourmet hot dog combinations include Calling in Dead, made with white truffle mac and cheese, The Dead Dixie with diced green apples, blue cheese crumbles, bacon and BBQ sauce, and The Waking Dead which tops a hotdog with sausage gravy, a fried egg, bacon and maple syrup. 

The food truck still makes occasional appearances at select events and festivals, but now the primary focus is on the UD location.

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Hunger Paynes

Hunger Paynes was one of more than 50 trucks that participated in this year's Miami County Gourmet Food Truck Rally. PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM PHOTOGRAPHY(Tom Gilliam)

The popular Hunger Paynes food truck has offered up a “modern form” of croquettes, pretzel bites and hand-cut potato chips in the Miami Valley region since 2013. 

In June, Hunger Paynes Beer and Wine Garden opened in the Dayton Mall serving several varieties of Hunger Paynes’ signature croquettes daily and a dozen Dayton area beers on tap daily as a tribute to local breweries. There is also a selection of domestic beers and about a dozen wines available, half produced locally. 

The menu also includes an assortment of gourmet pretzels bites, wraps and salads and other health food options. 

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Bourbon Bayou Bistro 

The Bourbon Bayou Bistro is gearing up to open in north Xenia. Photo from The Bourbon Bayou Bistro Facebook page(Staff Writer)

The Bourbon Bayou Bistro is in the works for the space previously occupied by Stan The Donut Man at 607 N. Detroit St. in Xenia. 

Until the doors open, Xenia residents can get a taste of what’s to come from the Bourbon Bayou Bistro food truck that sets up shop at North Detroit Street. 

The truck offers chicken — bourbon, blackened and seasoned grilled — to pair with rice and beans or have on a sandwich or in a wrap and has expanded the menu to include blackened fish, subs, gyro’s and salads. 

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Flyby BBQ 

The Flyboy BBQ food truck. SUBMITTED(Staff Writer)

A new and independently owned restaurant that got its start on the local food-truck circuit is coming to the Mall at Fairfield Commons. 

Flyby BBQ will open in space between the existing Fusian and BRAVO Cucina Italiana restaurants, according to the founder, 20-year-old Ohio State University student David Butcher. Plans call for building out the space this summer and opening sometime this fall. 

Flyby will be a fast-casual barbecue restaurant with an ordering system similar to Chipotle. It will serve signature barbeque sandwiches, bowls and platters featuring hickory-smoked meats. A vegan option of pulled barbecue jackfruit will be available. The restaurant also will feature homemade comfort-food-style side dishes, banana pudding, craft beer and sodas. 

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Cheryl’s Cookies to host SWEET bake sale all week long

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Cheryl's Cookies is hosting its Sweet Summer Bake Sale July 16 to 21 with up to 75% off cookies, dough and more.
Cheryl's Cookies is hosting its Sweet Summer Bake Sale July 16 to 21 with up to 75% off cookies, dough and more.(Contributed)

If you’re a Cheryl’s Cookies lover, you won’t want to miss the upcoming gourmet cookies and baked goods sale.

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From July 16 to 21, Cheryl’s Cookies will host the Sweet Summer Bake Sale with up to 75 percent off individually wrapped cookies, gift boxes, frozen doughballs, and more.

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At the flagship Westerville location, the first 50 customers on Thursday, July 19, will receive a free gift.
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Cheryl's Cookies will donate 15 percent of the net proceeds from the sale of certain products online to benefit life-saving care and research at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

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A portion of the proceeds from the Sweet Summer Bake Sale Mega Event at the Flagship store in Westerville will also directly benefit Nationwide Children's Hospital. At the time of the sale, customers are invited to stop by the Nationwide Children’s Hospital tent for crafts, refreshments and giveaways.

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Cheryl’s Cookies locations:

420 E. Stroop Road, Kettering

83 Plum St., Beavercreek

646 McCorkle Blvd., Westerville (flagship)

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NEW SWEET TREATS: Your guide to the newest confections, ice cream in Dayton

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 8:00 AM

A new bakery is gearing up to open in Dayton called Partial to Pie.

For those of us with a sweet tooth begging to be satisfied, all the new sweet shops in Dayton are sure put a smile on our face. We’ve rounded up all of the newly opened (or soon to be opening) ice cream, bakery and candy spots in and around town. 


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Jubie's Creamery is a new ice cream shop in Fairborn, opening on July 3, 2018. MARK FISHER/STAFF

Jubie’s Creamery: Features hand-dipped and soft-serve ice cream (all made in-house), sundaes, shakes, concretes, create-your-own-cookie sandwiches, and a variety of cones along with other specialty items.

Location: 471 W. Dayton-Yellow Springs Rd., Fairborn

Hours: Tuesday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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The Sweet Retreat will replace the former Dairy Queen on Smithville Road in Belmont. MARK FISHER/STAFF(MARK FISHER/STAFF)

The Sweet Retreat: Launching in the next week or two, this shop will offer more than 20 flavors of soft-serve ice cream along with pizza and sandwiches.

Location: 2613 S Smithville Rd., Dayton

Hours: TBA

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La Puf Sweets currently provides catering, and plans to open a storefront in Kettering in December 2016. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

La Puf Sweets: Here, you’ll find a number of classic confections and bakery goodies. From cotton candy to scratch-made marshmallows, to cupcakes and cookies, you’ll find just about everything you could want here.

Location: 1003 Shroyer Rd., Dayton

Hours: Monday to Friday 12 to 6 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed Sunday

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A new and independently owned bakery founded by a local father-daughter duo has set an opening date of July 27 near the University of Dayton campus. “Partial to Pie” is gearing up to open at 200 Shroyer Road, at the intersection of Shroyer and Wilmington Pike. STAFF PHOTO / MARK FISHER(Mark Fisher)

Partial to Pie: A first of its kind in Dayton, this bakery specializes in pies exclusively, and will also offer quiche and other sweet treats. The made-fresh sweets will use local ingredients and suppliers, including local milk, cheese and butter.

Location: 200 Shroyer Rd., Dayton
Hours: Tuesday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., closed Sunday
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Scratch Bakery: Your new destination for petite desserts, this new bakery features beloved recipes from Moore Dessert Please and Sweet by Kristy. There will soon be gluten-free and vegan options.

Location: 29 E. Main St., Tipp City

Hours: Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed Sunday

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Spoonful: This full-service cookie dough shop sells dough by the scoop or pint -- or in a cup or a cone. They have multiple toppings to create all the sweet concoctions you can think of.

Location: 36 D South Main St., Miamisburg

Hours: Closed Monday, Tuesday to Thursday, 1 to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday 1 to 9 p.m., Sunday 1 to 7 p.m.

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Do you know of any new sweet shops coming to Dayton? Let us know!

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