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Published: Monday, April 16, 2018 @ 3:06 PM
Updated: Friday, June 08, 2018 @ 2:35 PM
— The owner of a Miamisburg restaurant said stiff competition is one of the reasons he decided to close his doors permanently.
“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 closed on 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.
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.
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.”
Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 9:08 AM
— After nearly a month of calling itself the "International House of Burgers," IHOP is going back to what made it famous — pancakes.
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)".
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.
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.
The tweet sparked more social media reaction, particularly from burger chains like Wendy's and Burger King.
We’re giving away 60¢ short stacks on July 17 from 7a-7p for IHOP’s 60th birthday. That’s right, IHOP! We’d never turn our back on pancakes (except for that time we faked it to promote our new burgers) pic.twitter.com/KsbkMJhKuf— IHOP (@IHOP) July 9, 2018
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Published: Friday, July 06, 2018 @ 9:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 8:44 AM
— 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:
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.
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.
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.
Bourbon Bayou Bistro
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.
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.
Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
— If you’re a Cheryl’s Cookies lover, you won’t want to miss the upcoming gourmet cookies and baked goods sale.
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.
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.
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.
Cheryl’s Cookies locations:
420 E. Stroop Road, Kettering
83 Plum St., Beavercreek
Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 8:00 AM
— 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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
Do you know of any new sweet shops coming to Dayton? Let us know! firstname.lastname@example.org