breaking news

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

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


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.)

>> Dayton food truck giants to face off in Battle of the Breakfasts

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


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

>> What are the best restaurants and bars in Dayton? 

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. 

>> Dayton responds to the passing of Tank's owner, Dan Tankersley


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. 

>> Where to find the best bowls of chili in Dayton

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. 
>> Your ultimate guide to the best burgers in Dayton

A cheeseburger and hand cut fries at Tank's. Photo: Tank's Facebook page.(HANDOUT)


Trending - Most Read Stories

Check out these ADORABLE tea stops in the Dayton area

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Friday, May 18, 2018 @ 11:31 AM

Communitea Facebook page
(Communitea Facebook page)

Royal wedding fever has arrived.

What better way to celebrate than with a little British tea? 

Get to know some of Dayton’s finest tea shops and tea rooms — some of which are serving up some special treats in honor of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

>> Royal Wedding: How to watch on WHIO-TV

>> Meghan Markle has an extraordinary connection to Ohio

>> Celebrate the royal wedding at this brunch fit for royalty

🍵 Communitea Cafe

The perfect place to meet a friend you’ve been meaning to catch up with, Communitea in Belmont has a cozy tearoom, a dress-up room complete with hats, feather boas and props, bridal shower opportunities and a menu including high tea. Other food fares on the menu include sandwiches, salads and soups.

>> Enjoy lunch and tea at Communitea

(Communitea Facebook page)


WHAT: Communitea Cafe

WHERE: 1000 Watervliet Ave., Dayton

INFO: Facebook

>> Where can you get bubble tea in Dayton?


Communitea is offering royal treats today and Saturday including homemade sugar cookies shaped like the queen as well as tea.

🍵D’s Victorian Teas 

D’s Victorian Teas is a sure way to host a tea day that your friends — or mother — will never forget. Set in a Victorian-style home, this tea stop is by reservation only. 

(D's Victorian Teas Facebook page)


WHAT: D’s Victorian Teas

WHERE: 1894 Shore Dr., Bellbrook 

MORE INFO: Facebook

🍵Remember When Tea Room

“Remember When Tea Room will transport you to days gone by!” Just a short drive outside of Dayton, we think once you set foot in this Victorian-style Waynesville home, you’ll be glad you made the trip. The tea room offers brunch, multiple sandwich options and is by reservation only. 

(Remember When Tea Room Facebook page)


WHAT: Remember When Tea Room

WHERE: 370 Old Stage Rd., Waynesville  

MORE INFO: Facebook

(Remember When Tea Room Facebook page)

Trending - Most Read Stories

Meadowlark owner’s new sandwich shop plans off the table — for now

Published: Monday, May 07, 2018 @ 11:56 AM

ScissorTail Sandwich Shop could open as early as June.

A group of Dayton-area restaurateurs have shelved their plans to open a new sandwich shop in a Kettering strip mall.

Elizabeth Wiley and her partners had planned to open their newest venture, ScissorTail Sandwich Shop, at 3141 Far Hills Ave. (Ohio 48), a space they leased in Fountain Square shopping center for Sagecraft Catering & Events

The catering company is phasing down. 

>> RELATED: Meadowlark owner Wiley to launch new restaurant in Kettering

Wiley said the shopping center was recently sold and the new owner wanted to increase the lease amount.

“(The new owner) decided that our lease didn’t specifically say that we could use it for (a sandwich shop). We were told that we would have to have a new lease, which would mean more money,” Wiley said. “I didn’t feel I could spend anymore money for a place where I could have (about a dozen) seats and have limited space for prosperity.”  

>> 9 must-try sandwiches in Dayton

Heather Murphy, the vice president of Fountain Square owner Miami Valley Commercial Group, said her attorney plans to file a lawsuit against Wiley and her partners for default. 

>> Kettering business asked to leave shopping center after 25 years

>> Kettering shopping center owner says tenants told to leave for violations

She said she was not at liberty to say how long Wiley’s group defaulted on their lease or in what way.

Murphy said claims Wiley made to this news organization misrepresented facts. 

“They never supplied plans. They never supplied anything,” she said.  

Murphy said Miami Valley Commercial Group purchased the shopping center in late March and plans to rename and update it.

“This is going to be a very exciting time,” she said. 

Wiley said an early drawing was provided to Miami Valley Commercial Group. The project never got to the point where architectural drawings were done, she said. 

Wiley said she and her partners moved out of the building and stopped making payments on the advice of their attorney.

Her attorney will be in discussion with the attorney representing Miami Valley Commercial, Wiley said.  

“We fully understand our obligations as a tenant and will fulfill these obligations,” Wiley said.

Wiley, the owner of Wheat Penny Oven and Bar in the Oregon District and Meadowlark Restaurant in Washington Twp., said she and her partners are disappointed that the plan has fallen through. 

>> Six amazing women behind some of Dayton’s best food 

They had planned to make their own bread and were working on sandwich recipes. 

“We are now going to look for a new space with more space,” she said. “A cool little funky sandwiches shop would have been so much fun.” 

She hopes to find a space for the new business between Kettering and downtown Dayton. 

>> RELATED: The 12 best restaurants in Dayton

Trending - Most Read Stories

This Guy Fieri-approved restaurant in Columbus gets national props, thanks to their must-have dumplings

Published: Wednesday, March 28, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Friday, May 18, 2018 @ 12:01 PM

Momo Ghar
(Momo Ghar)

It’s the warm dough wrapped minutes before the first bite. It’s the secret ingredients. It’s everything about Momo Ghar’s dumplings — and America’s foodies are taking notice. 

>> Small-but-mighty restaurant in Columbus appears on Diners, Drive-ins & Dives

The small but mighty restaurant in Columbus serving authentic Nepalese and Tibetan cuisine has once again been recognized for their crave-able food. On Monday, Yelp published their “2018 Top Places To Eat In The Midwest” list, and Momo Ghar was at the top of Ohio’s list.

>> Best of Dayton 2017 Winners: Food & Dining 

Owners of Momo and husband and wife Pramod Lama and Phuntso D Phin only opened the restaurant in May of 2016. It was such an instant success that Guy Fieri of “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” came to the state’s capital earlier this year to see if his well-traveled palate would be just as impressed. 

>> 12 of the best restaurants in Dayton

When the show aired, Fieri was visibly blown away by the flavor packed into each dumpling. What might be just as good as the dumplings themselves, Fieri said, is the homemade sauce served with each order. 

>> Your guide to the BEST pizza in Dayton

(Sarah Franks)

>> Popular Dayton Asian restaurant puts itself on Craigslist

The restaurant’s sauce — which is what “brings everything together” — is made by Phin with no outside help to ensure it’s up to her standards each and every time. made the short drive to Columbus this weekend and ordered a generous serving of the Vegetable Dumplings. We have concluded Guy Fieri and Yelp were right on the money. The warm, gooey dough soaked up the perfect amount of sauce for each bite. The cabbage with seasonal vegetables filling was an unexpected lighter dumpling experience than what typical dumplings deliver. 

Momo Ghar exceeded our expectations, and we can confidently say they are on the “Top Places To Eat In The Midwest” list for good reasons. 

Other Ohio restaurants on the list included Guerra’s Krazy Taco in Springfield, Fond: Lunch and Deli in Cincinnati and Mi Burrito Mexican Grill in West Chester.

(Momo Ghar)


WHAT: Momo Ghar

WHERE: 1265 Morse Road, Columbus, inside Saraga International Market 

INFO: Website

Trending - Most Read Stories

16 incredible BBQ spots you HAVE to try

Published: Friday, July 01, 2016 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday, May 08, 2018 @ 12:55 PM

as voted by readers

We are officially entering grilling and barbecue season.

>> Your guide to Dayton food trucks

But you don’t have to bust out the charcoal bricks and smoker at home, try one of these beloved institutions in and around Dayton. 

Company 7 Beef Brisket. SUBMITTED(Staff Writer)

>> 5 fresh salads that are perfect for summer

Pa’s Pork | Facebook or (937) 508-1308Voted best BBQ by readers, this food truck specializes in unique BBQ sandwiches. Top recommended dishes include pulled pork nachos, sauerkraut balls, The Pig Apple (smoked pork, braised cinnamon apples and sharp white cheddar on a toasted bun), and the schnitzel.Smokin’ Barrels | FacebookBrisket, burgers and ribs. Need we say more? This fan favorite won the 2nd place spot for best BBQ in Dayton. City Barbeque |
2330 N. Fairfield Road, Beavercreek937-320-00005 E. Franklin St., Centerville(937) 312-1350

The food at this Columbus-based chain is darn good. Am always happy to eat at City Barbecue when the opportunity presents itself. The beef brisket is not to be missed and the new double-smoked brisket tacos served up with smoked corn, tomato and chimichurri salsa are delicious and priced right (3 for $9).

>> 6 amazing hot dogs to try in Dayton

Beaugard’s Southern Bar “B” Q
975 S. South St., or (937) 655-8100

Get ready for some southern hospitality and some excellent Arkansas BBQ. Accessorize your plate of juicy, smoked meat with sweet potato pie, greens, hush puppies, macaroni salad and some fresh brewed tea and you’re ready to roll.

The Beerded Pig
Food truck, locations vary

Those smoked salmon tacos … holy moly. Some of the best I’ve had in ages, but then all the meats and ‘cue they were doling out seemed to be truly terrific across the board. Follow the Beerded Pig’s social media feed and try to track their bright orange food truck down if you are able and then let me know where they are at. I want more!

Bullwinkles Top Hat Bistro
19 N. Main St., or (937) 859-7677

If you are able and inclined, ride the bike path out for some pre-rib exercise. The ribs are where it’s at when it comes to this popular Miamisburg staple, so look no further. Best to arrive hungry.

>> 5 things to try at Dayton’s Root Beer Stande

Barbecue ribs make fellows of all BBQ lovers, but it's good to know whether they're Memphis style or follow Kansas City traditions.(Contributed by the AJC)

 >> 7 things to look forward to when the weather warms up

Company 7 BBQ
1001 S Main St., Englewood(937) 836-2777

At the risk of sounding like a broken record … I can’t get enough of those smoked wings! I’ve written about them before and there’s a reason I keep going back for more.

>> Your guide to the best burgers in Dayton

Double D’s BBQ
69 Maple St., Waynesville(937) 554-2916

The “BBQ Hotshot” is popular for a reason — a cornbread waffle is piled with pulled pork, BBQ sauce and coleslaw. It’s all delicious, but this is a dish you’re not going to find on most menus.

Eli’s BBQ
3313 Riverside Dr, Cincinnati(513) 533-1957

This Cincinnati gem’s Riverside location is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. The Hickory smoked ribs and hickory smoked turkey breast are tender and meaty and the pulled pork is infused with garlic, cayenne and sugar rub that will bring a smile to your face. Add some sides like jalapeño cheddar grits, jalapeño cornbread, dirty baked beans and you’ll really be cookin’. The record player serenading with wonderful scratchy classics from the past is a nice bonus.

Fatback’s Barbecue
1334 Linden Ave, or (937) 254-7427

Smoked ribs, pork, brisket and chicken are cooked up low and slow until the meat is perfectly tender and then served up with Memphis-style sauces to accompany. The pig art surrounding the walls is fun and the owners are incredibly proud of what they are doing. It shows.

 >> The 12 best restaurants in Dayton tries  City Barbeque's  Double-Smoked Brisket TaQos. They've hit the area just in time for Cinco de Mayo. (Photo by Amelia Robinson)(Photo by Amelia Robinson)

>> 9 must-try sandwiches in Dayton

Hickory Bar-B Que
1082 Brown St., or (937) 228-5252

This gem located down the street from The University of Dayton gets packed during the dinner hours, so expect a wait. The BBQ chicken dinner ($13.25) and rib dinner ($19.25) don’t disappoint.

KD’s Kettering BBQ
3911 Marshall Road, Kettering or (937) 293-3592

Spring for the broasted pork chops with broasted potato wedges, hot bacon slaw and corn casserole. You won’t be sorry.

Pit-to-Plate BBQ
1527 Compton Road, Mount or (513) 931-9100.

If there was a competition for sides and desserts, this place would probably take home top prize. And with meat served up by the pound you know they are serious about their barbecue. The baby back ribs are about as tender as they come and the other meats options aren’t far behind.

>> 9 spring and summer festivals we can’t wait for

Smokin’ Bar-B-Que
200 E. 5th St., Dayton(937) 586-9790

You can’t beat this downtown spot that offers speedy take-out service and evening hours. Although some of the sides are underwhelming, the portions are generous and the meat is tender and delicious.

275 Pictoria Drive, Cincinnati(513) 671-7667

They had me at fried green tomatoes. Their motto — “if it’s leagal … we’ll smoQ it!” — cracks me up. Good to be aware that Mondays are $19 slab of ribs night if you find yourself in Cincinnati on a Monday hankering for some smoked meats.

Star City BBQ1015 S Main St., Miamisburg(937) 530-2020

This unassuming, quaint stop filled with small town charm has a nice-sized menu that’s priced right. It’s a throw-back with solid food that satisfies.

>> We found the best Mexican restaurants in Dayton 

A one-pound serving of the beef brisket at Fatback’s Barbecue is definitely enough to share. Pictured with the roasted potatoes and cole slaw. We thank you kindly, Fatback’s. Contributed photo by Alexis Larsen
Have a BBQ joint we have to try? Let us know at

Trending - Most Read Stories