UPDATE: 5-course ALL pasta pop-up dinner has changed locations 

Published: Wednesday, December 27, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Monday, January 15, 2018 @ 12:16 PM

Simpatico Pop-Up will host a 5-course pasta dinner at District Provisions on 521 Wayne Avenue in Dayton on Monday Jan. 29 starting at 6:30 p.m. The Consomme Sacchettoni (pictured here) is one of the courses that will be served. 
Simpatico Pop-Up will host a 5-course pasta dinner at District Provisions on 521 Wayne Avenue in Dayton on Monday Jan. 29 starting at 6:30 p.m. The Consomme Sacchettoni (pictured here) is one of the courses that will be served. 

Calling all carb lovers! 🍝

There’s a new pop-up dinner company in Dayton and their first event is dedicated entirely to fresh, handmade pasta. 

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Simpatico Pop-Up will host a 5-course pasta dinner at Lily’s Bistro329 E. 5th St. in Dayton and NOT at District Provisions on 521 Wayne Avenue in Dayton as we previously reported. The dinner will still be on Monday, Jan. 29. 

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“The doors open at 6 p.m., and the bar will be available for cocktails, beer, and wine. We plan on seating and welcoming everyone at 6:30 p.m.,” James Tam, organizer of Simpatico Pop-Up said in an e-mail.

Each of the 5 dishes feature a different type of pasta.

Simpatico Pop-Up will host a 5-course pasta dinner at District Provisions on 521 Wayne Avenue in Dayton on Monday Jan. 29 starting at 6:30 p.m. The Pear Ravioli (pictured here) is one of the courses that will be served.


Take a look at the full menu here:

Tickets are $45 and gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options will not be offered with this set menu. The event has SOLD OUT according to its Eventbrite page here

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The company describes itself as, “a team of like minded individuals that are offering a wonderful experience through food,” in a Facebook post on Dec. 6. 

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Simpatico Pop-Up will host a 5-course pasta dinner at District Provisions on 521 Wayne Avenue in Dayton on Monday Jan. 29 starting at 6:30 p.m. The Crab Agnolotti (pictured here) is one of the courses that will be served.


What: Simpatico Pop-Up Presents: Pasta Dinner

Where: Lily’s Bistro, 329 E. 5th St., Dayton

When: Monday, Jan. 29 at 6:30 p.m. 

Cost: SOLD OUT. $45 with tickets available for purchase here 

More Info: FacebookEvent page

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Popular brunch spot now has a late-night walk up window

Published: Tuesday, March 06, 2018 @ 1:30 PM
Updated: Friday, April 27, 2018 @ 4:23 PM

Butter Cafe has been a popular spot since opening on Brown Street near UD in 2010.

Late night near the University of Dayton is decidedly more delicious.

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Butter Cafe, the popular breakfast and lunch spot at 1106 Brown St., launched its late night walk-up window Friday, March 30.  

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The window will serve a limited menu 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 

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If all goes as planned, late nights near the University of Dayton are about to get far more delicious. 

Butter Cafe, the popular breakfast and lunch spot at 1106 Brown St. in Dayton, plans to begin serving a late-night menu, according to co-owner Sarah Dudley

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“We just feel like it’s a need for late night dining around here,” she said. “There’s not many places that have late night dining.” 

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The restaurant hopes to start selling a limited menu from a side window near its parking lot beginning in the next three weeks or so, Dudley said. 

She said the window will be “jazzed up” for its new purpose. 

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Butter hinted at the window last week on its Facebook page:

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Opened in the former location of Dolcessa gelato shop in 2010, Butter serves a variety of  vegan and vegetarian dishes as well as locally grown, free range eggs, waffles, French toast, pancakes, burgers, salads, baked goods and sandwiches. 

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Initially, the restaurant’s walk-up window will serve a limited menu on weekends from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m., Dudley said. 

Items will likely include Butter’s famed potatoes as well as eggs, breakfast sandwiches and pancakes.

“It will be a scaled-down menu,” she said. 

The restaurant employees about 20 people. Dudley said schedules will be reorganized to fill the weekend breakfast needs.  

“I feel like it will be a lot busier when school is in (session),” she said. 

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2 new restaurants are now open at The Greene — and there’s still another one on the way

Published: Friday, March 09, 2018 @ 7:59 AM
Updated: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

3 new restauants gearing up to open at The Greene

Two restaurants have opened at The Greene Town Center — and there’s still one (that will be locally owned) that’s gearing up to open soon. 

1. Ace Asian Cafe

Charles and Michelle Yang operated a restaurant at The Greene for more than two years before returning.

The new Pan-Asian restaurant called Ace Asian Cafe opened on April 20, 2018 in the location that used to be Choe’s Asian Gourmet

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The owners are no strangers to the space: they owned and operated a restaurant at that very spot for more than two years.

Also returning to the restaurant is the original sushi chef, known as Mr. Kim. In addition to sushi, the restaurant will offer Korean barbecue dishes along with a variety of Thai and Chinese options. Patio seating, a sushi bar and a full cocktail, wine and beer list are also available.

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2. Fuzzy’s Taco Shop

The highly-anticipated Fuzzy's Taco Shop opened its first location in the Dayton area at The Greene on Monday, April 23. Fuzzy’s is known for its Mexican dishes such as Baja-style tacos, white queso, and jumbo burritos in addition to frozen margaritas and beer.

The restaurant located in one of The Greene Town Center’s newest and most prominent tenant spaces is finally open.

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Fuzzy’s Taco will be located in a relatively new building that faces Indian Ripple Road at The Greene’s main entrance. It’s home to a Mattress Firm store, and was originally going to house the Dayton area’s first World of Beer pub until World of Beer pulled out of the deal in the summer of 2016.

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Founded in 2003, Fort Worth, Texas-based Fuzzy’s Taco Shop serves authentic Mexican dishes such as Baja-style tacos, white queso and jumbo burritos in addition to frozen margaritas and beer. The chain operates more than 120 locations across the country, including one in Toledo and one on North High Street in Columbus’ Arena District. A Cincinnati location at 165 W. McMillan St. is listed as “coming soon” on the chain’s web site.

3. Sinful Orchard

Sinful Orchard has posted signs in the space that will be a new restaurant in the east side of The Greene Town Center. MARK FISHER/STAFF(Staff Writer)

Signage has popped up for Sinful Orchard, a locally owned restaurant coming to the east side of The Greene near the Von Maur department store.

Shaine Sullivan, co-founder and general manager of the Sinful Orchard, couldn’t be reached this week, but he told this news outlet in mid-February that the restaurant could open as early as April. “We have our local sources lined up with some excellent products,” Sullivan said.

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On the restaurant’s web site, founders say the Sinful Orchard “is not a chain restaurant; it goes beyond the commonplace fare. Specialties will include smoked meats, appetizers, daily specials, happy hour deals, drinks and more. Prepare to be blown away by the vast array of hand-crafted beers, some of which are currently not offered in this area. Wine and alcoholic beverages will also be on display for your consumption.”

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“We at The Orchard are excited to bring to you our idea of fresh, homemade food. What sets The Orchard apart is that all vegetables and meats will be raised and hand-selected locally. Breads and specials will be prepared fresh daily and made from scratch using actual handed down recipes that have been used generationally.” 

The Greene Town Center seen from the air
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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. 

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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.)

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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


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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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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The best Mother’s Day brunches in Dayton

Published: Thursday, May 04, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 12:54 PM

When I was a kid, Mother’s Day meant getting my mom whatever over-the-top tacky gift my father picked out and saying I “helped.” 

Since there are roughly 1,300 miles between me and my parents these days -- and sometimes that’s a good thing -- I don’t get to take her out to brunch for Mother’s Day. That doesn’t mean I don’t know of a few great places to take Mom should she drop in unexpectedly.

If you’re fortunate enough to have your mom still in your life and near you, here are some great restaurants that are sure to be a hit. 

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The Olympic omelette at The White House Restaurant on Peachtree Rd in Buckhead has been offering homemade Greek and American food since 1948. The omelette includes spinach, tomatoes, peppers, onions, mushrooms, feta and is served with a size of tzaziki sauce. Grits, fresh fruit, orange juice and toasted croissantes are also available. (Jenni Girtman / Atlanta Event Photography)

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2800 Presidential Dr, Fairborn


Chef White’s culinary staff will roll out a lavish brunch featuring a wide-array of the hotel’s seasonal showcase of locally-sourced, farm fresh cuisine. Brunch highlights include (but not limited to): Shrimp and Grits with Basil and Bacon, Prime Rib, Omelet Station, Herb Roasted Pork Loin, Savory Chicken Crepe, Orange Marmalade Stuffed French Toast with Berry Compote, Assorted Mini Quiches, Potatoes Obrien, Mini Chicken Salad Sandwiches, Seasonal Salads and much more. Reservations recommended. 

WHEN: Sunday, May 13 at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.

COST: $30 per adult, $21 senior/military, $13 children and free for children 5 and under

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580 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering


The brunch buffet menu for Roost Event’s Mother’s Day brunch is plentiful and classic. With Belgian waffles, eggs benedict bruschetta, shrimp cocktail, honey glazed ham and more, there’s something for everyone. 

WHEN: Sunday, May 13 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

COST: $36 (plus tax and gratuity) per adult, $15 for children ages 5-10 and free for ages 5 and under. Call for reservations.

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453 Belmonte Park N., Dayton


Enjoy a scrumptious brunch buffet provided by Bernstein's Fine Catering, featuring fresh fruits, spring salads, flavorful meat and seafood choices, and mouth-watering desserts. Ice tea, orange juice and coffee are included, plus a cash bar for soft drinks, wine, beer and specialty drinks will also be available. Make your reservation online.

WHEN: Sunday, May 13 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

COST: Advance Reservations: $31 per person members; $36 per person non-members; $20 children ages 10 and under  Day of Brunch (as available): $40 per person adults; $25 children ages 10 & under. All prices tax and gratuity included. Children 2 and under free.

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The Caroline is pulling out all the stops for their Mother’s Day brunch buffet. The menu will include items such as french toast, waffles, grilled salmon, a carving station and house-made pies. 

WHEN: Sunday, May 13 from 9:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.

COST: $27 per adult, $14 children 5-12 years old and children under 5 free

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A special Mother’s Day brunch menu will be served 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., followed by a special dinner menu from 3 to 8 p.m. Their regular dinner menu will also be available all day. There will be three featured mimosas including the restaurant’s signature oj and pineapple juice blend, as well as strawberry- and mango-infused flavors. Choose from a three-course menu including items such as lobster bisque, prime rib eggs benedict, honey bbq salmon and more. Reservations highly recommended. 

WHEN: Sunday, May 13 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

COST: $35 per person

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