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Published: Friday, July 07, 2017 @ 11:38 AM
— Jerry Gillotti has seen a lot over the last 45 years as the owner and operator of Gilly’s Jazz in Dayton. However, after suffering injuries from a beating during a robbery last year, he told us he may have to say goodbye.
Gillotti — who recently turned 80 — says his physical rehabilitation hasn’t progressed as quickly as he expected, and that’s kept him away from his beloved music nightspot.
That has the 2013 Dayton Walk of Fame inductee looking at all his options.
“I’ve had a couple of people interested, so I might sell or close the place if the rehab doesn’t work,” Gillotti said.
Jerry’s brother Tom Gillotti has been overseeing the day-to-day operations at Gilly’s in his absence, and the duo had hoped to commemorate 45 years — 40 of them being at 132 S. Jefferson St. — with a special show. Unfortunately, scheduling issues led to Jerry’s decision to recognize the milestone throughout July with the existing schedule instead.
“Traveling in the summer is tough because of all the festivals — unless we get someone real special,” he explained.
But Gillotti looks back fondly on coming up in an age when big band and blues music ruled the world, and he never thought it would turn into a business known far and wide for drawing internationally-renowned artists to Dayton.
“I never dreamed I could get that far,” Gillotti said. “I just thought if you had good sound, good lights and good drink, you could do something.”
Through the years, Gillotti has brought some of the biggest names in music, including Tony Bennett, BB King, Wynton Marsalis, Pieces of a Dream, Kim Walters, Allan Holdsworth, Marion Meadows, Walter Beasley, Stan Getz, Maynard Ferguson, Stan Kenton and Alex Bugnon to the area.
“When we started, nobody was doing it. (Eventually) people were coming from Indianapolis, Columbus, Pittsburgh and Detroit,” he said.
While remembering some of the acts to grace Gilly’s stage, Gillotti related the story of big band legend Woody Herman who, despite dealing with agonizing pain from a 1977 car accident and needing to be helped on stage, chose to continue performing one night in Dayton. It may have struck close to home for the local legend himself.
Published: Thursday, June 14, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
— Today, June 14th the humble cucumber will be fêted when World Cucumber Day is celebrated.
Some may choose to slap a few slices on their eyes or on a salad, while several bars across Dayton will be featuring a variety of Hendrick's gin cocktails to celebrate.
The popular gin, which William Grant & Sons in Girvan, Scotland launched in 1999, puts cucumber to good use adding soothing flavor to the makeup of the popular gin.
"Hendrick’s Gin has always held the cucumber in the highest regard. The spirit’s unusual distillation process includes an infusion of rose and cucumber, which yields an extraordinarily smooth gin that is a rare union of lightness and complexity. Not only that, but there is simply no better way to cap off a Hendrick’s cocktail than with a little green garnish cut from the same fruit that gives Hendrick’s its pleasingly unusual flavour," said Rachel Anne Jensen, Ohio Division Representative for Republic National Distributing Co.
According to the Hendrick's website, "Cucumber Day was invented by cucumber growers, in England in 2011, to extol the virtues of the gallant cucumber. For several years now we celebrate this day to hero this remarkable fruit. We wish to spread love, understanding and appreciation for cucumbers everywhere and invite all those with a curious mind to celebrate World Cucumber Day on June 14 to cultivate and embrace their very own unusual side."
Here are eight places to grab a special Hendrick's cocktail and toast the mighty, green, healthy, crunchy, soothing cucumber.
"Hendrick's Cucumber Strawberry Old Fashioned"
329 E. Fifth St., Dayton
Hendrick's Gin, freshly muddled strawberries and cucumber, simple syrup and Angostura Bitters. Served on the rocks and garnished with a strawberry and cucumber slice.
Sky Asian Cuisine
4090 Wilmington Pike, Dayton
Hendrick's Gin, St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, fresh mint, fresh lime and house made cucumber puree.
"Cool as a Cucumber Soda"
970 Patterson Road, Dayton
Hendrick's Gin, lemonade, lime juice, fresh cucumber and a hint of club soda.
530 E. Fifth St, Dayton
Hendrick's Gin, freshly muddled mint and lemon, simple syrup and tonic water. Garnished with a fresh cucumber slice.
"The Black Watch"
The Highland Stag
75 N. Main St., Springboro
Hendrick's Gin, Drambuie Liqueur, Blackberry Brandy, muddled blackberries and a blend of fruit juices.
"Laid Back" Lemonade
Hole in the Wall
423 E. Fifth St, Dayton
Hendrick's Gin, cucumber syrup, fresh cucumber, lemonade and club soda. Garnished with a lemon wedge.
"The William Wallace"
Carvers Steaks & Chops
1535 Miamisburg Centerville Road, Dayton
Hendrick's Gin, St. Germain Elder Flower Liqueur, fresh squeezed lime, rhubarb bitters, fresh cucumber and an egg white.
"Know it all Hipster"
Canal St. Arcade & Deli
308 E. First St, Dayton
Published: Saturday, June 03, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 4:32 PM
— While by now you’ve surely made the trip out to Scene 75 and had a mega(bit) of great time, maybe you’re looking for a more intimate gaming experience for your next outing.
Have no fear, our socially competitive friends, as we have a round up of the Dayton area’s gaming bars and arcades ready for you.
2144 E. Whipp Road, Dayton | Facebook
If you’re looking for a distraction-free zone to get your hard core board gaming on, then you need to head over to Kettering. D20 is a bar that offers an extensive beer selection and over 300 board games that prides itself on not having a single television in the entire place. The bar is even family-friendly during the daytime hours, serving coffee and tea and “mocktails” for kids. Popular titles include Twilight Imperium, Pandemic, Joking Hazard, Apples to Apples, Cards Against Humanity, League of Legends, Settlers of Catan, Fluxx, and the more throwback favorites such as Monopoly, Chutes & Ladders and CandyLand.
2.) Bar 145/Reset
10259 Penny Lane, Miamisburg | Website
At the tail end of last year, Bar 145 opened at Austin Landing offering a nice-sized menu. The restaurant is attached to Reset — a bar within a bar boasting a full slate of vintage arcade games including The Simpsons, Street Fighter, Frogger and Off Road and many others. It bills itself as gastropub specializing in “Burgers, Bands, and Bourbon.” For the most part, the food is just OK, but the sides are a lot of fun if you head there for happy hour and some gaming with friends. Fried cheese curds ($7.99), tempura green beans ($6.99), buffalo chicken dip ($8.99), white truffle french fries ($6.99) and bar nachos ($6.99, with shredded pork, spicy chicken or beef added for $3 more) are good options to split and share. For families, Bar 145 has some nice built-in entertainment options for restless kids who will enjoy the novelty of these old-school hits.
3.) Hole In The Wall
423 E. Fifth St, Dayton | Facebook
This Oregon District bar bills itself as "Dayton Ohio's first Bar Arcade."
Hole in the Wall is the kind of dive bar where adults can go to find their inner child and a stiff drink that’s priced right.
Fans of the Mario Brothers game will love the bar and the lighting. It’s a fun stop before or after dinner in the district if you are looking for something that’s colorful and different. If it’s packed with people (and you’re a little claustrophobic), steer clear. But if it’s early and it’s open, it’s a fun spot to schedule a stop.
308 E. First St, Dayton | Website
The building that formerly housed Canal Street Tavern found new life over the summer when Canal Street Arcade and Deli opened.
When owner Rob Strong closed his Fifth Street Wine and Deli early this year, I was sad to see his deli sandwiches go, but with the opening of Canal Street Arcade and Deli they are back and better than ever.
Deli sandwiches served up hot come in three sizes — a small half-sandwich ($6.25), a medium full-sized sandwich ($8.25) and a large sandwich ($9.25). Wraps, subs, salads and pizzas, as well as build-your-own breakfast or grilled cheese sandwiches, are also available. This spot has quickly turned into a favorite destination to pick up a sandwich and hang-out on unprogrammed weekends. In addition to the games, this has one of the best jukeboxes in town.
5.) DK Effect
1600 E. Third St, Dayton | Facebook
This Huffman Historic District hot spot that opened over the summer features 40 beers on tap, a full bar and a slew of classic arcade hits.
Sit at the bar and play or grab a drink and make your way to the vintage gaming titles around the room.
This venue does not have a kitchen, but pizza delivers there and it’s right across the street from the inexpensive and very tasty Taqueria Mixteca (1609 E. Third St., Dayton).
Grab a large burrito for $6.49 and some of the best guacamole in town ($2.99) and head across the street for your margarita and some gaming. DK Effect has been doing some Tacos and Tequila events where you can purchase Taqueria tacos there and order one of seven specialty margaritas.
Owner Tony Clark has plans to open a spot next door that will serve food, but with that happening some time away, some Taqueria Mixteca will hit the spot for now.
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6.) Proto BuildBar
While not your typical arcade, Proto is the world’s first BuildBar, a creative experience center featuring hands-on technology experimentation with 3D printing, electronics kits, and micro-computing in a full service café environment. With a stocked bar for when you need something a little stronger than coffee, Proto houses the World’s Largest Claw game and their homemade Edison vs Tesla arcade-style game with a shocking twist. If you’re looking for a more laid-back vibe, Proto is definitely your place.
Know of a spot we missed? Send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org
Published: Friday, July 24, 2015 @ 10:07 AM
Updated: Friday, May 18, 2018 @ 10:08 AM
— There are conveniently many bars and restaurants in the Miami Valley that have a variety of Scotches behind the bar, but we sought out the places that really know their whisky . They’re spread out, allowing you to enjoy your Scotch no matter where you live.
518-520 Miamisburg-Centerville Road, Centerville. (937) 723-8998. olliesplacedayton.com
Ollie’s Place is known for the two “b” beverages — beer and bourbon — but the month-old Washington Twp. craft beer room and eatery also boasts over 45 Scotches on its spirit list, ranging in price from $5 for a two-ounce glass of Ballantines, to $50 to sip on some Johnnie Walker Blue. If you’re not ready to take on a neat Scotch though, ease into the flavor with their signature cocktail, “May The Schwartz Be With You,” an original created by owner Mike Schwartz created with Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch with a sample pour of Great Divide’s Yeti Stout on the side. Let your server explain the drink, but it’s well worth it!
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The Dublin Pub
300 Wayne Ave. (937) 224-7822. dubpub.com
Though Jameson may be first on our minds when we head to the Dub Pub, Scotch drinkers have at least 30 options to choose from. True connoisseurs will appreciate the Macallan 25 year on the list, but there’s something for every level of knowledge and enjoyment.
Coincidentally, this month the Dublin Pub’s hosts a cigar event paired with Scotch whisky: stop by on July 28 for four courses of delish food specially paired with Glenmorangie Scotches and Altadis cigars.
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The Pub at The Greene
39 Greene Blvd., Beavercreek. (937) 320-1199. experiencethepub.com
The Pub is already your go-to spot for all things UK, so it makes sense that you’d gravitate toward it for scotch as well. The Pub serves 19 types of single-malt Scotch alone, and selections from each of the Scotch producing areas. For the newbies, they offer a sampler of three 1-oz. pours of any Scotches under 13 years for $16.
A special treat for the Scotch and water lovers: order a Speyside-based whisky like Balvenie, Macallan or Glenfiddich, and get it served with water from the Speyside region. You don’t even have to buy a plane ticket to have a near authentic experience.
2348 Grange Hall Road, Beavercreek. (937) 431-1700. kingstable.co
You know what goes great with King’s Table’s tots? Well, actually probably not a glass of Scotch, but maybe after the tots. The Beavercreek tavern is known for its pool tables, beer menu and yes, those glorious tots, and their full whisky menu is often ignored. Choose from 33 different Scotches starting at $5 for Dewar’s, Famous Grouse, or Johnnie Walker Red. Your eyes might pop a bit as you scan the menu: Why yes, that is a $500 glass of Macallan “M,” a single malt containing whisky from seven different casks, the oldest distilled in 1940. CNN Money called it “the most world’s expensive whisky.” Now, that’s a glass of Scotch.
1o S. Jefferson St. (937) 223-3382. centurybourbon.com
The Century Bar is nationally recognized for its extensive bourbon menu, but they know how to pour a good Scotch as well. Order a Godfather — Scotch with amaretto — and you won’t be sorry.
Published: Wednesday, May 09, 2018 @ 10:30 AM
— Dayton Beer Company celebrates its 6th year in business this weekend.
The anniversary also serves as the official grand opening of the company’s outdoor biergarten stage and bar. This summer the stage will regularly feature live music.
Live bands scheduled to perform on DBC’s outdoor stage include Nothing But Treble (playing 1-5 p.m.) and Seventh Street (playing 7 to 10 p.m.).
The event will feature beer releases, raffles, games, and according to their Facebook page — surprises.
Some of the brews being tapped for the party including Deep Sea Diving Sea Salt Stout Barrel Aged in OYO Wheat Whiskey barrels with Peanut Butter. JB Imperial Peanut Butter Cream Stout Barrel Aged in OYO Wheat Whiskey barrels, Hidden Paradise Tart Passion-Fruit Wheat, Hidden Paradise Blackberry Wheat and Gem City Light Lager with Jalapenos. According to a post on the event page, the beers spent 3.5 months in 30-gallon barrels.
Want to go?
WHAT: Dayton Beer Co. 6th Anniversary
WHERE: 41 Madison St., Dayton
WHEN: Saturday, May 12 from 12 p.m. to midnight