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JUST IN: ‘Too much competition’ forces Miamisburg restaurant to close

Published: Monday, April 16, 2018 @ 3:06 PM

Dark Horse Tavern has closed its doors. Video by Amelia Robinson

The owner of a Miamisburg restaurant said stiff competition is one of the reasons he decided to close his doors permanently. 

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“It is too much competition. Since we opened, there are at least 30 restaurants in a short driving distance,” Dennis Williams of the Dark Horse Tavern, 209 Byers Road, told this news organization. “People want new and shiny, and our business has fallen off.”

Dark Horse Tavern’s closure is effective today, April 16. The business employed 15 people. 

Williams opened the business in the Byers Plaza Shopping Center 12 years ago. 

He also owns the plaza and said he is willing to sell and/or lease the Dark Horse space. The space would be ideal for a bar or restaurant, but other concepts could work as well, Williams said.  

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Williams closed the Dark Horse in 2016, but reopened it four months later that December.  

Back then, he told this news organization that the bar had become too difficult and time-consuming to manage, in part, due to time needed for his other businesses.

He put the bar and property up for sale, but was not able to find a buyer.

>> Why the Dark Horse Tavern reopened

The building has held a tavern for 42 years, Williams said. 

The restaurant was well-known for its barbecue.

It originally held an Oregon Express location and later the Byers Inn Restaurant and Tavern.

Williams said much has changed since then. 

“Oregon Express was the only bar south of town,” he noted. “Look at it now. It has a million (bars and restaurants).” 

Williams launched the Dark Horse with business partner Daryl Gronauer, who died in 2012. 

“We thought it would be a fun thing to do,” Williams said. “Once business gets below a certain point, it’s no fun.”

Dark Horse Tavern has reopened in Miamisburg. MARK FISHER/STAFF(Staff Writer)

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Tank’s Bar and Grill slashing some late-night hours; customers react

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 12:09 PM

Dayton.com readers decided who makes the best late-night grub with the 2017 Best of Dayton poll. Video by Amelia Robinson

A Dayton restaurant that has been serving up very, very late-night grub for decades is dramatically cutting back its hours of operation.
Tank's Bar and Grill, the much-loved tavern at 2033 Wayne Ave., announced the changes in a Facebook post. 

“To all our most valued customers. To continue to give the most phenomenal experience, Tanks will be adjusting our hours. Due to decrease in late night business and finding quality staff, our new hours starting Monday April 23 will be as follows: kitchen hours- Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thurs are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday our kitchen (will be open) 7 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Bar will be open till 11 on Sun-Thur. And until 2 on Friday and Saturday. 
Please note all carryouts must be phoned in 30 minutes before kitchen closing.
You may of course order food up until closing time of kitchen to enjoy in dining room. We will have been in Dayton 31 years In May and want to continue to serve Dayton and our Great customers! You are the reason for our work, not the interruption!”

The restaurant — which serves dinner, lunch and all-day breakfast — has been open 7 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. daily for many years. 

This is the second time the restaurant has cut its hours in recent months. 

>> Tank’s Bar & Grill has new late-night hours

In October, Tank’s announced it would close at 1 a.m., and its kitchen would close at midnight on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Its hours Wednesday through Saturday remained the same, with the bar closing at 2:30 a.m. and the kitchen at 2 a.m.

NEW KITCHEN HOURS

As noted above, the new kitchen hours are:

Sunday through Thursday  — 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (the bar will close at 11 p.m.)

Friday and Saturday — 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday (the bar will close at 2 a.m.)

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Tank’s Award Winning “Road Kill” chili is sweet with a spicy kick. It’s very thick, and packed with meat and potpourri of delicious spices including cumin, white pepper and paprika, among others. You can add cheese and onion if you so choose for an additional 89 cents). We added just cheese. Available by the cup ($3.69) or bowl ($4.69). MICHELLE FONG/STAFF

WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT TANK’S

Known for its burgers, omelettes, grilled cheese sandwiches and “Road Kill” Chili, Tank’s grabbed first place in the 2017 Dayton.com Best of Dayton reader poll. 

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Since it opened in 1987 in the former home of Walnut Hills Bar, Tank’s has become an iconic Dayton institution.

A message was left for Debra Tankersley, Tank’s owner and the widow of Tank’s founder Dan “Tank” Tankersley, seeking additional comments. 

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WHAT CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING ...

Many of the restaurant’s customers did not take the news well, as it was posted by the restaurant on Facebook.

While there were many positive responses to the restaurant’s Facebook post, a few customers said they would no longer return to the restaurant or feared that dark days are ahead for the restaurant. 

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In exchanges with customers on the Facebook page, the restaurant said the hour changes should not be taken as a bad sign. 

“I can assure you Tanks is NOT closing ever. We simply have to adjust to what makes us better. Trying to find quality staff to work late at night when we do not have the business to support it is not fair to them,” the restaurant’s Facebook administrator responded to one Facebook comment. 
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A cheeseburger and hand cut fries at Tank's. Photo: Tank's Facebook page.(HANDOUT)

 

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Some of Dayton's best Mexican eateries you may not know about

Published: Friday, February 19, 2016 @ 7:57 AM
Updated: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

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The Miami Valley could do much, much worse for Mexican food. From long-standing restaurants to mobile food trucks, we have numerous businesses that can fulfill your craving for something spicy, cheesy, meaty or sizzling. In no particular order, we suggest these Mexican eateries: 

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FAST CASUAL

A new Victor’s Taco Shop opens today in Xenia, offering a variety of Mexican specialties, including tacos, enchiladas, burritos, taquitos and tostadas, as well as omelets and breakfast burritos. MARK FISHER/STAFF(Staff Writer)

Victor’s Tacos

Multiple locations | (937) 224-3293 | WebsiteFacebook

Having just opened its seventh Dayton-area location, it’s no surprise this spot made the list. You have to try the big OH burrito — trust us.

Dayton.com staff writer Allegra Czerwinski takes a photo with Taqueria Mixteca's monster burrito for scale.(Contributed photo)

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New business brewing in downtown Fairborn starting TODAY

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 1:02 PM

FILE-- Coffee is poured into a cup in New York, Feb. 5, 2016. The coffee industry is mulling how to fight back against a California judge’s 2018 ruling that would require the beverage to be branded with cancer warning labels. The National Coffee Association, whose members include Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts, said that it was “currently considering all of its options, including potential appeals and further legal actions.” (Alex Welsh/The New York Times)
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FILE-- Coffee is poured into a cup in New York, Feb. 5, 2016. The coffee industry is mulling how to fight back against a California judge’s 2018 ruling that would require the beverage to be branded with cancer warning labels. The National Coffee Association, whose members include Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts, said that it was “currently considering all of its options, including potential appeals and further legal actions.” (Alex Welsh/The New York Times)(ALEX WELSH/NYT)

Downtown Fairborn just got a new brew spot — and we’re not talking beer.

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Grind House Coffee and Tea Company’s official grand opening in Fairborn is happening today.

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Additional Grind House retail coffee shops are in the works in local Meijer stores after the opening of the Huber Heights location, owner Bill Miller. The Grind House founder said he also is looking to open free-standing stores as the brand expands through the Dayton-Cincinnati region.

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Grind House Coffee & Tea Co. is planning a chain of coffee shops in the Dayton and Cincinnati areas. SUBMITTED(Staff Writer)

Grind House Coffee and Tea Company was started in 2015 as an online retailer.

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The Grind House Coffee and Tea Company imports beans from all over the world, including coffee and tea farms in Kenya, Southeast Asia and South America.

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Want to go?

WHAT: Grind House Coffee and Tea Company

WHERE: 313 W. Main St., Fairborn

INFO: Call (937) 260-8153 | Facebook

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A Dayton sandwich so good you’ll say: ‘Pork Lord, have mercy’

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

The Pork Lord sandwich at Fifth Street Brew Pub.  Photo by Amelia Robinson
Photo: Amelia Robinson
The Pork Lord sandwich at Fifth Street Brew Pub. Photo by Amelia Robinson(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

A Dayton restaurant has three little piggies you are going to want battling the wolf in your belly. 

Fifth Street Brewpub, 1600 E. Fifth St. in Dayton’s St. Anne’s Hill neighborhood, might be best known for its beer. But the kitchen brews up some delicious grub, too.

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One particular sandwich stands out from the rest for a very piggy reason. 

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It is called the Pork Lord, and it had me at the words “pork” and “lord.” 

The sandwich is full of porky goodness, as you can imagine. But it will not leave you feeling like a pig. 

The $10 dish is a well-portioned combination of thin-ish sliced pork, bacon horseradish aioli and seasoned in-house pork rinds (called Crack–A–Lackin’s on the menu) on the side. 

Besides the ham and bacon, the anything but simple sandwich includes lettuce, tomato, onion, a fried egg and ghost pepper jack cheese on a telera roll. 

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The Pork Lord sandwich at Fifth Street Brew Pub. Photo by Amelia Robinson(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

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Don’t let the ghost pepper scare you off. 

The sandwich has just the right amount of heat for those of us who love a little kick with supper. 

The egg was cooked to perfection with plenty of delicious runny yolk to sop up. 

The yolk flowed like lava when I cut into my Pork Lord. 

The sandwich is cheesy, bacon-ey, eggy and spicy goodness. 

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The Pork Lord was added to Fifth Street’s menu in February. 

Tanya Brock, Fifth Street’s manager, said the Pork Lord has become a customer favorite and will remain on the menu for a while going forward. 

An order of thick and crunchy Crack-A-Lackin’s are $6 as an appetizer if you don’t want to go all hog wild. 

The Pork Lord sandwich at Fifth Street Brew Pub. Photo by Amelia Robinson(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

WANT TO TRY IT?

What: The Pork Lord: lettuce, tomato, onion,  ham, fried egg, ghost pepper jack cheese, bacon horseradish aioli on a telera roll. The sandwich is served with Crack-A-Lackins, the brewpub’s house-made pork rinds. 

Where: Fifth Street Brewpub, 1600 E. Fifth St. in Dayton’s St. Anne’s Hill neighborhood

Hours: 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 11 a.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays. 

Connect:  Facebook Website | Phone: (937) 443-0919

Cost: $10 

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