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Published: Friday, May 19, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
— Sometimes, people assume they’ve got two meal options: healthy or delicious. But these eateries in the Dayton area prove that you can have both.
For good measure, we also include a new meal delivery service that just hit the Dayton area.
A Cleveland-based startup service that delivers organic, plant-based meals expanded its delivery area this week to all of southwest Ohio and other parts of the state.
Customers choose a weekly plan that can be tailored to an individual, a couple or a family. Customers can then choose dishes from a rotating menu each week, and can skip a week or cancel anytime. Meals are delivered via UPS or FedEx in an insulated box with ice packs.
Menu items include Mediterranean Oasis Bowl with Baked Falafel and Dill Tahini, 8-Spice Cashew Vegetable Soup, and Almond Ginger Quinoa Bowl, among others.
Deg’s Chicken (at The Greene)
15 Greene Blvd., Beavercreek
Opens Wednesday, May 24
A new restaurant serving grilled chicken and other healthy dishes is set to open at The Greene Town Center in Beavercreek next week. The menu includes grilled wraps, chicken burgers, salads, brown rice, mashed potatoes, corn, bread rolls and fries. Deg’s will open in a 1,687-square-foot space, previously used by Subway at The Greene.
1120 Brown St., Dayton
The founders of the Butter Café are gearing up to launch a new venture next door to their breakfast-and-lunch spot on Brown Street near the University of Dayton.
The new business will serve cold-pressed juices and smoothies, a variety of toasts, and perhaps a selection of cold sandwiches.
Located inside LA Fitness, 4494 Walnut St. (open to public, not just members)
Synergy’s owners are “VERY passionate about changing the the way people eat by offering healthy and nutritionally balanced food that tastes great,” said Katie Maloney, a spokeswoman for Synergy at The Greene. The shop offers smoothie bowls, which Maloney said will likely be “the key attraction from our menu, because they are beautiful, taste great, and are healthy.”
“We have unique ingredients for our smoothie bowls like chia seeds, goji berries, hemp granola and coconut flakes, to name a few. We also offer regular smoothies. All smoothies are made from a unique blend of oat, almond, soy milk and kefir.”
Opening in the fall (projected)
On Wilmington Pike, at The Cornerstone of Centerville
It’s the Chipotle of healthy and quick foods. A fast-casual restaurant offering “clean-eating” options is set to open in Centerville.
Menu includes: create-your-own grain and vegetable bowls, soups, grass-fed chicken and steak, and organic tofu. Customers can create their own “green bowl,” with options like Sriracha ginger roasted tofu, kale caesar chicken, spicy ginger steak, Mediterranean, and chicken cobb.
Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 3:14 PM
— UPDATED: We talked with the owner of Paradise Key Cafe and learned about his plans to try to sell or reopen the business under a new concept.
A Dayton restaurant celebrated for its chicken wings has closed one of its two Dayton locations.
Paradise Key Cafe, 1060 Patterson Road in the Breitenstrater Plaza, has closed permanently.
A Facebook post from the restaurant’s chief executive officer Jennifer Lynn Jones reads as follows:
“Public Announcement - With a heavy heart, I am sorry to announce that Paradise in Kettering has closed its doors due to under performance. When we took over, we had hoped to bring the party to this location, but we just couldn't quite get it to where it needed to be. I will miss every one of you deeply with all the laughs and good times and I hope that you will stop in, if not become a regular at our North Store which is still open. Who knows? Maybe we all can create better and more memories together there. Thank you to every one of you for being so loyal to us through all the troubles and I hope that you all will keep us in your hearts as I will surely keep you in mine.”
The owners of the original Paradise Key Cafe located at 3243 Needmore Road in Dayton began transforming the Patterson Road location into Paradise Key Cafe South from Cold Beer and Cheeseburgers in late 2016.
>> RELATED: New name, management changes coming to Dayton restaurant (Dec. 22, 2016)
A message was left for management at the Needmore Road location seeking comment.
Paradise Key’s original location is a former winner of the Miami Valley Restaurant Association’s Kickin’ Chicken Wing Festival at the Fraze.
Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 3:10 PM
— A Dayton restaurant that has closed may not be gone for good.
The owner of the recently closed Paradise Key Cafe location at 1060 Patterson Road in the Breitenstrater Plaza, is considering reopening it under a new concept or selling it, owner Larry Parr said.
>> PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Dayton restaurant closes after less than 2 years
The asking price for the business is $75,000.
“It is an option to sell, but we are still open to a new theme,” he said.
Jennifer Lynn Jones, the restaurant’s chief executive officer, announced Thursday that the restaurant opened in December 2016 would close due to under performance.
“It didn’t matter what we tried to do; we just could not get the kind of party we had at our original location,” Jones said.
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The Key West-themed restaurant employed 13.
Jones said they have been offered jobs at the original Paradise Keys Cafe located at 3243 Needmore Road.
The company began transforming the Patterson Road location into Paradise Key Cafe South from Cold Beer and Cheeseburgers in October 2016.
>> RELATED: New name, management changes coming to Dayton restaurant (Dec. 22, 2016)
Parr said he hoped the location would be as successful as the Needmore restaurant, which is located near Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway.
That business draws from nearby manufacturing companies.
The Patterson Road restaurant never gained traction, said Parr, who is 71 and hopes to slow down.
“It wasn’t really performing up to our expectations,” he said. Our north store, across from the racino, it really cranks.”
Published: Friday, March 30, 2018 @ 5:16 PM
Updated: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 10:26 AM
— The owners of a popular Dayton sandwich shop have hung up their spatulas and soup ladles.
Rodney “Rod” Vangas said he and his wife, Becky, retired and sold Charlie’s Deli and Catering to Chris Raney of Dayton and his mother, Pat Jones of Beavercreek.
“I’ve been doing this for 42 years. I want to retire. I am 63 years old,” Rodney said. “I don’t want to work anymore. My wife and I work six days a week. We are just worn out.”
He said he is leaving the business his father — the restaurant’s namesake Charlie Vangas — started in 1964 in good hands.
The sale of the restaurant located at 429 Troy St. in Dayton was finalized Monday, April 2.
Rod’s official retirement day was March 30, but he said he intends to consult Raney on Charlie’s.
“My wife and I are going to give these people our hard-earned recipes,” he said.
Those recipes include Rod’s sandwich creations, Becky’s soups and the 100-year-old cabbage roll recipe passed from Rod’s grandmother to his mother and down to Becky.
Raney, the former proprietor of Chris Cafe at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, said he is excited to continue and add to Charlie’s legacy in North Dayton.
“These are big shoes to fill and I plan on filling them,” he said. “The people love to come to Charlie’s because they love Charlie’s. I want them to continue to come.”
Raney, a 1992 Stebbins High School graduate, said he plans to keep Charlie’s menu and add a few sandwiches of his own creation.
Four people, including the Vangases, currently work at Charlie’s.
Raney expects that number to remain the same.
Eventually he said he hopes to add a full-service, sit-down breakfast.
Married 36 years, the Vangases have barely taken any vacations due to their dedication to running Charlie’s.
Rodney said that is about to change.
“We’ve always worried about our kid and then we’ve always worried about our customers. Now it’s time to worry about us,” he said.
Trips to visit their youngest son Craig in Atlanta are in the cards as are trips to visit Wichita, Kansas, to see Rodney’s brother and to St. Louis to visit Becky’s sister.
The couple will be taking their grandkids to Monacan State Park and visiting a niece in Denver and a nephew in Raleigh, N.C.
Rodney, a food lover, is particularly excited to visit a niece in Manhattan. He’s never had a chance to go.
“We’ve never been able to travel and visit anyone. They have always come here,” he said. “I can’t wait.”
Rodney, the youngest of five siblings, bought Charlie’s from his father in 1982.
He left behind his studies at Ohio State University 42 years ago when his dad became ill and said he needed help running the store.
“I just stayed here,” he said. “I liked it.”
He and Becky started transforming Charlie’s into a deli and catering businesses in the early 1980s.
Over the years, Charlie’s has won praise by the local media — the “Dayton Daily News” and Dayton.com included — and its loyal customers.
Charlie’s won third place for Best Deli in the 2017 Best of Dayton people’s choice contest.
“It is incredibly satisfying when people say ‘that was the best sandwich I have ever had’,” Rodney said. “Things like that just keep your passion going.”
He recalled the day a customer cried after hearing a rumor that the deli was closing.
Rodney said running a “mom and pop” has required him and his wife to come in when they have been sick and “work hardest during holidays when everyone else is having fun.”
He said he never wanted his sons to work in the deli. Instead, Rodney said he encouraged them to complete college and have professional careers.
Chris Vangas, a Columbus resident, is a teacher and coach at Saint Mary School in German Village.
Craig Vangas is a trade analyst in Atlanta, his father said.
Rodney said he will miss Charlie’s.
“It is kind of bittersweet that we are leaving, but we want to do things we’ve never done before like taking a vacation,” Rodney said.
Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
MASON — The second Frenchie Fresh restaurant in the region will open at Deerfield Towne Center this summer.
Local chef and restaurateur Jean-Robert de Cavel’s new fine, fast-casual dining concept, Frenchie Fresh, puts a French twist on American-inspired classics.
Think mac ‘n’ cheese or build your own burger.
The French-inspired food aims to offer fresh ideas, fresh ingredients and a fresh approach to high-quality dining.
Frenchie Fresh will be located in the shopping center’s newly developed, central gathering place area called The Grove.