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New Father’s Day Beer, Bourbon and Brunch event targets Dayton dads who like to eat AND drink

Published: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 @ 1:38 PM

Holiday Inn at 2800 Presidential Dr. in Fairborn  will host a brand new Father’s Day Beer, Bourbon and Brunch.
Holiday Inn
Holiday Inn at 2800 Presidential Dr. in Fairborn will host a brand new Father’s Day Beer, Bourbon and Brunch.(Holiday Inn)

How  does a little BBB sound to celebrate your padre?

Justin White, the executive chef of The Wright Place and the Holiday Inn at 2800 Presidential Drive in Fairborn, is hosting a brand new Father’s Day Beer, Bourbon and Brunch at the hotel Sunday, June 17. 

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There will be seatings at noon and 2 p.m. 

“We’re honoring dad with a special celebration highlighted by a few of his favorite things,” White said in a release. “Featuring bourbon-infused foods and drinks, local craft beer, live music and baseball, we have something for everyone in the family — but especially for dads.”

THE COST 

Holiday Inn at 2800 Presidential Dr. in Fairborn will host a brand new Father’s Day Beer, Bourbon and Brunch.(Holiday Inn)

The brunch is $31 per adult. The cost is $24 for seniors and military personnel and $13 for children. 

Children age 5 and younger will be admitted free of charge. 

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THE BOURBON AND BEER 

Holiday Inn at 2800 Presidential Dr. in Fairborn will host a brand new Father’s Day Beer, Bourbon and Brunch.(Holiday Inn)

Adults will receive a pint of Yuengling as part of the brunch. Brew from Warped Wing and Lock 27 will be available for purchase.

There will also be several hand-crafted cocktails using Stillwrights Bourbon, produced from the nearby Bath Twp. distillery Flat Rock Spirits. 

>> Dayton-area distillery to release two new bourbons  (May 11, 2016)

THE  BRUNCH 

The meal includes bourbon-glazed ribs, mac and beer cheese, assorted smoked sausages and brats cooked in beer, Lemon Shandy-grilled bone-in chicken, bourbon baked beans, brisket sliders, salmon patties with cornbread stuffing and jalapenos, grilled corn on the cob with lime-Parmesan butter, and pecan bourbon pie.

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BONUS

The hotel will raffle off Cincinnati Reds and Dragons baseball tickets during the day. Each adult will be entered to win. 

RESERVATIONS

Call (937) 431-4631.

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Local KFC closes dining room for extensive renovation

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

The Kettering KFC on East Dorothy Lane is renovating its lobby, which will look similar to this photo when renovations are complete. SUBMITTED
The Kettering KFC on East Dorothy Lane is renovating its lobby, which will look similar to this photo when renovations are complete. SUBMITTED

The lobby and dining room inside KFC restaurant at 2109 E. Dorothy Lane in Kettering are closed for an extensive remodeling project.

The restaurant’s drive-through, however, will remain open during construction, a spokesman for the restaurant told this news outlet.

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“We should be done around June 27,” the spokesman said.

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A new juicery is opening today in Dayton and its owners hope it will be first step in revitalizing neighborhood

Published: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Located at a once abandoned shop at 1912 N Main St. in Dayton, The Santa Clara Juicery will be the first brick and mortar juice bar to open in Dayton. It will offer cold pressed raw juice made from organic produce. Each sale will benefit the Santa Clara community.
Alex Perry
Located at a once abandoned shop at 1912 N Main St. in Dayton, The Santa Clara Juicery will be the first brick and mortar juice bar to open in Dayton. It will offer cold pressed raw juice made from organic produce. Each sale will benefit the Santa Clara community.(Alex Perry)

UPDATE: Santa Clara Juicery has pushed back its opening date by a week. The new opening date is June 16.

>>PHOTOS: See the transformation of The Santa Clara Juicery
Known for being trendy, healthy and tasty, raw juice bars have popped up all over the United States. 

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The fruit and vegetable juice market will be worth a sizable $257.17 billion by 2025, according to Grand View Research, Inc.

So it’s no surprise this trend has hit Dayton, but what may be surprising is the rest of the story behind Dayton’s newest raw juice bar, The Santa Clara Juicery.

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Owned and operated by husband and wife Elizabeth and Dave Furst, The Santa Clara Juicery is the first step to what the duo hopes to be a revitalization of the Santa Clara neighborhood. Elizabeth grew up in the neighborhood, often helping her parents with their business, Evans Electric, after school. 

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“Everyone pretty much pulled out except for my parents and an insurance broker at the end (of the street) who eventually had to pull out due to health issues.” said Elizabeth Furst. “This block is really only going to get redone by us.”

Santa Clara is one of Dayton’s 65 neighborhoods. Though the small district is No. 36 on a list of total population, the district ranks sixth for population density per square mile (listed at No. 6 on that list). The average annual income is approximately $21K per year, about half of the average annual income for Montgomery County at $43K.

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Located at a once abandoned shop at 1912 N Main St. in Dayton, The Santa Clara Juicery will be the first brick and mortar juice bar to open in Dayton. It will offer cold pressed raw juice made from organic produce. Each sale will benefit the Santa Clara community.(Alex Perry)

BIGGER GOALS

The neighborhood has faced its share of challenges from crime to low income. The business owners hope to see positive growth starting with service.

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The Fursts hosted a clean-up day this month, which shot some adrenaline to the heart of their mission.

“We had both housing associations from the area come together for a clean-up day, and both were very excited for what is happening here.”

This type of active and engaged service is exactly what the juicery hopes to bring to the area. 

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“We’d really like to become a health district. Some of the other things we’d like to see here are a gym, a bike shop, possibly a pop-up clinic or urgent care. We’ve talked about transforming a former dance studio back. People have asked us about that a lot because they have nothing like that in this area.”

The couple is also working with a grocery chain, bike engineer and others in hopes of bringing in mobile or pop-up style services to the area. A few other ideas on the wish list include a backyard patio, brewpub and creating an attraction to bring people to the area and create a new economy.

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“I’ll be meeting with the Director of Economic Development in Dayton to help determine how what we’re doing here can effect the economy in Dayton overall. In 5 to 10 years, we’re expecting to see the growth of Dayton trickle to the North — and we’re active in asking what can we do now so that when traffic starts pushing, there’s a reason to come  here.”

Located at a once abandoned shop at 1912 N Main St. in Dayton, The Santa Clara Juicery will be the first brick and mortar juice bar to open in Dayton. It will offer cold pressed raw juice made from organic produce. Each sale will benefit the Santa Clara community.(Alex Perry)

FOOD DESERT

Dayton ranked as one of the worst metropolitan areas in the U.S. for food hardship in 2015, according to the Food Research & Action Center. The city ranked 11th out of the 109 metropolitan statistical areas represented in Gallup data for “households who indicated they experienced food hardship.”

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A 2016 report named Dayton-area ninth in the nation for food hardship. 

In Santa Clara, nearly 60 percent of its residents are single mothers and 584 of the neighborhood’s 1,632 residents are 18 years old or younger.

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“This area is in a food desert. In this particular neighborhood, one-third of the families don’t have vehicles and more than one-third can’t afford to put a meal on the table more than once a day,” said Dave Furst. “In order to get food, the only way they can get food is to hitch a ride, or settle for something they can find at Dollar General. There’s nowhere to go; you can’t walk to get food.”

“The other day, a family walked behind the shop, and we’re grilling hot dogs. The family had a 2-year old and a 4-year old. We asked if they wanted something to eat. Come to find out, they’re on their way to CSL plasma to sell enough to get a bus fare so they can go sell their kid’s clothes so they can get a meal for the night. And that’s all over here. You should’ve seen these kids’ faces light up when I brought them groceries. They didn’t even know how to react to bananas.”

For residents in this neighborhood, The People’s Market sells food, but more convenience-style options and rarely stocks fresh produce. There’s also a Family Dollar nearby, offering similar edible options.

A short drive away, a new market is in the works. The Gem City Market will be built on the 300 and 400 block of Salem Ave., bringing a full-service grocery store to one of the largest food deserts in the state. It will be Dayton’s first worker and community-owned co-operative grocery store. The goal is to open by the end of 2019.

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Located at a once abandoned shop at 1912 N Main St. in Dayton, The Santa Clara Juicery will be the first brick and mortar juice bar to open in Dayton. It will offer cold pressed raw juice made from organic produce. Each sale will benefit the Santa Clara community.(Alex Perry)

COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP

The Fursts aren’t the first to work to take action in the neighborhood.

“We know of a non-profit that’s also looking to bring a job placement/residency building at the corner of North Main and Santa Clara to help people that are emancipated from the foster care system so that they can have a job right away and a place to live.”

Children and teens aren’t the only ones suffering from lack of opportunity or resources in the area.

“We want to use this and other businesses to employ people in this area. A lot of people have criminal backgrounds and can’t get jobs. So want to be able to help give them a job.”

“We have a lot of friends who live in this area who are nurses. Now that Good Sam has shut down, Grandview has scooped up a lot of local nurses. We’ve been working with Grandview to do some cross promotion. This is a food desert, so we’re the only healthy option. We’re going to cross-promote health screenings, educational community nights. The nurses are excited, because their only coffee options are Brown St. and Wayne Ave., so we’ll be way more convenient for them,” said Elizabeth Furst.

In effort to provide more healthy options to the community, the Fursts are also working on becoming a location for food banks and harvest box pickups. The idea is to combine education, options and resources for this community, which so desperately needs it. 

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“We’ve talked to the city, planners and developers, and we all agree — things can only go up.”

Currently, the Fursts are working to complete the construction and development of the interior of the shop. Elizabeth is actively working to source as many local organic fruits and vegetables as possible to use in the juice recipes. Some of the produce will be imported from the south and California. 

You can follow their Facebook page for additional details. A portion of profits from juice sales will be returned to the Santa Clara district through investment, community action and programs. 

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Want to go?

WHAT: The Santa Clara Juicery

WHERE: 1912 N. Main St., Dayton

INFO: FacebookWebsite

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Eat at Milano’s at special event this week and support a good (and muddy) cause

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Milano’s Atlantic City Subs, which opened its first Butler County location in January 2014 at 7701 Voice of America Centre Drive in West Chester Twp., announced today it had closed the location “effective immediately.” The location was the company’s fourth restaurant and the first one in the Greater Cincinnati region. STAFF FILE PHOTO
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Milano’s Atlantic City Subs, which opened its first Butler County location in January 2014 at 7701 Voice of America Centre Drive in West Chester Twp., announced today it had closed the location “effective immediately.” The location was the company’s fourth restaurant and the first one in the Greater Cincinnati region. STAFF FILE PHOTO(Staff Writer)

Epilepsy Foundation is going to get down and dirty — in a Mudpocolypse. 

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Before things get messy, the foundation is taking over Milano’s in the greater Dayton region to raise funds.

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On Wednesday, June 20, present the official 2018 Mudpocolypse event flyer at any Milano’s restaurant, and Milano’s will donate 20% of the amount of your order to Epilepsy Foundation.

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Muddy Gras, the 21st annual Mud Volleyball for Epilepsy tournament, is a big splash again Saturday, July 9, at Wegerzyn Garden MetroPark. With about 5,000 people attending, organizers hoped to raise about $90,000 for the Epilepsy Foundation.(Jan Underwood)

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See the Facebook event page for more details (and to access the flyer).

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You can also register to participate in the epic volleyball for epilepsy event, Mudpocalypse, online. There will be 265 teams competing on 35 courts in one day. Prices to register increase July 1. 

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Milano’s are located at: 

• University of Dayton, 1834 Brown Street, Dayton, 45409 

• Miami Township, 9572 Springboro Pike Miami Township 45342 

• Beavercreek, 2260 N. Fairfield Rd, Beavercreek 45431

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Elsa’s owner: New restaurant ‘won’t look like your parents’ Elsa’s’

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 8:00 AM

New Mexican restaurant “won’t look like your parents’ Elsa’s,” owner says.

The co-owner of Elsa’s Mexican Restaurant has a message for prospective customers of his new cantina-style restaurant in the Sugarcreek Plaza off Wilmington Pike.

“This doesn’t look like your parents’ Elsa’s,” Jason Hemmert said. “And we didn’t want it to be your parents’ Elsa’s.”

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Hemmert has nothing against tradition, but the newest Elsa’s, which will be called Elsa’s Corner Cantina, ups the game a bit for the locally based Mexican chain. If all goes well, the Corner Cantina will make its debut in mid-July.

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A sneak preview of the patio at the new Elsa's Corner Cantina in Sugarcreek Plaza on Wilmington Pike. MARK FISHER/STAFF(MARK FISHER)

The space at 6204 Wilmington Pike in the Sugarcreek Plaza previously housed Caramella’s Italian Kitchen, and, before that, Murphy’s Irish Pub and Barleycorn’s. But it has been renovated extensively. 

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The new restaurant will seat 135 inside and another 50 or so on a breezy patio. There are 30 large-screen televisions inside, and another five on the patio, Hemmert said. And perhaps most important: The original Elsa’s “Bad Juan” margarita will be available on tap

>> RELATED: Dayton area’s 5th Elsa’s gearing up to open in Sugarcreek Twp.

The kitchen will start off with a fairly straightforward Elsa’s menu, but down the road, will produce specials that, if they prove successful, will find their way onto Elsa’s menus elsewhere, Hemmert said.

RELATED: Elsa’s Kettering reopens today after 3-week makeover

A sneak peek inside the new Elsa's Corner Cantina in Sugarcreek Plaza on Wilmington Pike. MARK FISHER/STAFF(Mark Fisher)

Elsa’s operates four restaurants and sports bars in and around Dayton: the original location on Linden Avenue in Dayton, on Wilmington Avenue in Dayton, on Far Hills Avenue in Centerville, and on East Stroop Road in Kettering.

The restaurant will employ as many as 50, and is still hiring back-of-the-house help, Hemmert said.

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