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JUST IN: Sports bar that has been a favorite for 25 years to close temporarily

The owner of a sports bar that has operated for a quarter century in Englewood said today the establishment is closed for remodeling but will reopen soon.

>> EARLIER COVERAGE: Local sports bar to celebrate 25 years with a week of special events

Jack Maio, owner of Bolt’s Sports Cafe, said the sports bar had a minor fire Saturday night that requires some repairs, and he decided to make some minor remodeling changes at the same time.

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

“We’ll be down for a few days,” Maio said. He won’t know a projected opening date until after meeting with a contractor. It could be as little as two or three days, Maio said.

>> TODAY: Former Dairy Queen space springs to life as a locally owned, independent ice cream shop

Some of the improvements will focus on the patio, Maio said, which has not been fully operational in previous years, but has new tables, awnings and grills for this year. The patio seats about 60 at tables and another 15 at the outdoor bar, the Bolt’s owner said. The patio also offers a cornhole pit and music.

>> PHOTOS/SNEAK PEEK: Inside the highly-anticipated taco shop at The Greene that opens TODAY

JUST IN: Former Dairy Queen space springs to life as a locally owned, independent ice cream shop

A Dairy Queen that shut down unexpectedly last spring — or, to be more  precise, failed to reopen in the spring as it had for many years — will get new life in the coming weeks as a locally owned, independent ice cream shop. 

>> PHOTOS/SNEAK PEEK: Inside the highly-anticipated taco shop at The Greene that opens TODAY

The successor to the Dairy Queen is coming to 2613 S. Smithville Road in Dayton’s Belmont neighborhood, and it is called “Sweet Retreat Ice Cream, Food & Sweets.” The shop is  the brainchild of Simon Wiley and Chris Tobias, who attended the same grade school and high school.

>> Festival season officially kicks off this weekend with SWEET treats

“We went to St. Anthony together, then we went to Carroll high school together,” co-founder Wiley told this news outlet. 

>>FOOD NEWS: Tank’s Bar and Grill slashing some late-night hours

“We plan on having over 20 flavors of soft-serve ice cream along with pizza and sandwiches,” Wiley said. “Our goal is to be open no later than June 1.”

>> 7 great places to get frozen treats in Dayton

Belmont-area residents were stunned last Memorial Day weekend when they strolled up to their local Dairy Queen only to find hand-lettered signs on the doors say simply, “Closed — out of business.”

>> PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Neighbors react to Dairy Queen’s closure

Customers lamented the closure on Facebook at the time, and Belmont Party Supply owner Mike Schwartz jumped on the Facebook thread to say, “I own that building, and it’s for rent. It does not have to be rented as a DQ. I will help (financially) with the build-out.”

>> The best ice cream in Ohio is just a short drive from Dayton

Now, that hand-lettered out-of-business sign has been replaced with a “Coming soon” sign. 

Dream internship: Harley-Davidson seeks college students to ride across America

Harley-Davidson is seeking a select group of college students who are eager for an internship on two wheels.

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The motorcycle company's #FindYourFreedom internship is going viral, and for good reason. The 12-week paid internship involves riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle across the country this summer. The best perk of all? Interns who complete the program get to keep the motorcycle.

Full requirements for the internship can be found on Harley-Davidson's website. In addition to riding across the country, interns will be expected to attend company events along the way, post scenes from the journey on social media and serve as  brand ambassadors, recruiting others into the sport of motorcycling.

Applicants who don't know how to ride a motorcycle will be required to take a course offered by Harley-Davidson Riding Academy.

The internship is open to college juniors and seniors who are at least 18 years old and are interested in marketing and public relations. Creative applications are encouraged.

Toys R Us rejects Bratz CEO’s buyout offer for being too low, report says

Toys R Us has rejected MGA Entertainment CEO Isaac Larian’s $675 million bid for about 30 percent of the remaining U.S. and Canada locations of the business.

CNN Money reported that the bid, which was made April 13, was too low, according to sources.

>> Read more trending news 

Toys R Us filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2017 and announced store closings March 15.

“If this is true, it is very disappointing,” Larian said of the report. “We feel confident that we submitted a fair valuation of the company’s U.S. assets.” Larian added that he wants to keep working to save the business.

Larian’s company, MGA Entertainment, is known for making Bratz dolls and Little Tikes toys. 

Related: CEO of MGA Entertainment makes formal offer to buy Toys R Us

“The liquidation of Toys R Us is going to have a long-term effect on the toy business. The industry will truly suffer,” the billionaire said in a statement last week announcing the bid. “The prospect of bringing the Toys R Us experience to a new generation, my new grandson's generation, is enough to motivate me to Save Toys R Us.”

At the time, Larian said he would use his own money and financing from banks and other investors for the bid.

Toys R Us is considering other offers, CNN Money reported

JUST IN: New cake shop/bakery to open between Dayton Mall and Austin Landing

A new dessert option is coming this summer when the Dayton area’s first “Nothing Bundt Cake” shop opens between the Dayton Mall and Austin Landing in Miami Twp. 

Renee Hall told this news outlet that she became a fan of the Nothing Bundt Cakes concept — and its cakes — through frequent visits to a franchise-owned Nothing Bundt Cakes bakery on Mason-Montgomery Road in the Mason area. 

>> TODAY: Brand new IHOP has everything but employees, customers and an unlocked front door. What’s the holdup?

“I fell in love with the product,” Hall said. “And I love their business model and their culture.” 

>> Chicken chain opens first Southwest Ohio restaurant in Butler County

One thing led to another, and Hall this week signed a lease to open her own Nothing Bundt Cake franchise shop at 9632 Springboro Pike (Ohio 741) in the Shoppes at Exchange in Miami Twp. The 1,728-square-foot space previously housed Indian Rasoi restaurant, according to Danielle Kuehnle, commercial Realtor for Oberer Realty Services, who brokered the lease transaction on behalf of the retail center’s owner.

>> RELATED: New restaurant announced in first project of Dayton Mall plan

Hall said the area between the Dayton Mall and Austin Landing is growing and has strong visibility. She will attend a month-long training program prior to the build-out of the new bakery, which is projected to open as early as August.

>> TODAY: Kitchen fire will close Brunch Club restaurant until weekend, owner says

Nothing Bundt Cakes was founded in 1997 and is now headquartered in Addison, Texas, near Dallas. The company operates more than 200 bakeries in 32 states, offering bundt cakes in a variety of sizes and flavors.

Amazon warehouse culture like 'prison,' undercover author writes 

An undercover author said working in an Amazon fulfillment center is like "a prison," where workers were urinating in bottles because they did not have enough time to go to the bathroom. 

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James Bloodworth, as part of his book "Hired: Six Months Undercover in Low-Wage Britain," spent almost a month in 2016 working as a "picker" at a fulfillment center in Rugeley, England, where he retrieved items for delivery.

In addition to his undercover work at Amazon, Bloodworth also took jobs in social care, at a call center, at a building site and even as an Uber driver to research how people cope at their workplace. 

According to Bloodworth, Amazon fulfillment workers had to meet high productivity targets that were feasible only if they ran around the warehouse. Running around the warehouse is something Amazon does not allow for safety reasons.

"The job itself is really bad," Bloodworth told Business Insider. "I've worked in warehouses before, but this was nothing like I had experienced. You don't have proper breaks — by the time you get to the canteen, you only have 15 or 20 minutes for lunch, in a 10½-hour working day. You don't have time to eat properly to get a drink.

"You have to go through security when you leave the warehouse, and that adds five minutes. It's like an airport — belt off, watch off. The atmosphere is what I imagine a prison feels like. You felt like you were walking on eggshells."

Bloodworth's claim that workers were so busy that they had to urinate in bottles sparked widespread outrage on social media on Monday.

Bloodworth told The Sun, a news company in the UK, that "workers often didn't take a break to go to the toilet because they were too sparse to get to quickly and they feared punishment for missing productivity targets. So they peed in bottles instead."

"If you're on the top floor, you know it will take five minutes to go the toilet, and all the time you're being admonished for taking too much idle time," Bloodworth said. 

Bloodworth explained how he came across a bottle of urine while searching for items on an upper floor of the warehouse.

"One day I'm walking down the aisle, and I go to pick up an item, and there's a bottle of straw-colored water on the shelf. And at first I thought, 'Oh, what's that?'" he said. "And then it was very obvious what it was. And there was a pool of water next to it. It struck me — it was so obvious why someone would do that."

According to Business Insider, Amazon said that it doesn't time warehouse workers' toilet breaks and that it ensures they can reach the bathrooms easily.

Amazon responded in a statement to Business Insider, saying that “We don't recognize these allegations as an accurate portrayal of activities in our buildings.”

The book can be found on Amazon’s website.

The brand new IHOP that didn’t open. What’s the holdup?

The parking lot is striped, the brand-new chairs are neatly stacked atop the brand-new dining tables, the occupancy permit has been obtained. The only things missing are employees, customers, an unlocked front door — and a short stack of pancakes or two. 

>>GUIDE: 7 places to eat breakfast for dinner in Dayton

The IHOP restaurant that was built last fall and this winter at 3324 Benchwood Road near the Miller Lane/York Commons development in Vandalia is all revved up and ready to go, but it still has not opened. And no one is saying exactly why. 

>> Here’s a first look at the new Asian restaurant that opens Friday at The Greene

Messages were left with a spokeswoman for IHOP corporate, the CEO of the company that is acting as area developer for IHOP in the region and with a franchise owner-operator of the Dayton-area IHOP restaurants in Beavercreek, Huber Heights and Springfield. Those messages have not been returned. 

>> RELATED: IHOP restaurants returning to Dayton area (October 2014)

A spokeswoman for Las Cruces, New Mexico-based PDG/Prestige Development Group, the development company that has overseen development of the other three Dayton-Springfield IHOPs, told this news outlet in January that the restaurant was scheduled to open in early February. In late January, the spokeswoman revised the opening date to mid-March. Last week, on April 13, the same spokeswoman said, “I don’t yet have a date” for the restaurant’s opening.

>> ‘Too much competition’ forces Miamisburg restaurant to close

Rich Hopkins, a spokesman for the city of Vandalia, said there are no hangups from the city’s perspective, and city officials have not been notified of the reasons for the delay. In fact, the restaurant received its occupancy permit from the city — usually the final or nearly final bureaucratic step necessary before a retail establishment’s opening — on Feb. 2.

>>RELATED: You can now get Ohio’s favorite sweet treat in pancake form

Potential customers are getting curious and a bit impatient.

>>GUIDE: 6 must-try Dayton diners

“I get inquiries on it all the time by community members and business people,” said Will Roberts, president and CEO of the Vandalia-Butler Chamber of Commerce. An employee of the Frisch’s restaurant across the street said she is asked about the dormant-but-brand-new restaurant by many of her customers. 

>>RELATED: IHOP moves ahead with Dayton-area expansion plans (January 2016)

If or when the restaurant does open, IHOP will have doubled its Miami Valley footprint since last summer as part of the chain’s re-entry into the Dayton-area market. An IHOP opened Sept. 5, 2017 at 7611 Old Troy Pike in Huber Heights.  

>>RELATED: New Dayton-area IHOP now open, another location on the way

IHOP opened the first of what had been projected to be as many as seven IHOP locations in the region in October 2015 on North Fairfield Road in Beavercreek, and the second one in October 2016 on Bechtle Avenue in Springfield.

>>RELATED: IHOP opening two more Dayton-area locations (December 2016)

The region had multiple IHOP locations in the 1970s and 1980s, including one near Ohio 725 and Ohio 741 near the Dayton Mall and one on Shiloh Springs Road near the former Salem Mall, but those restaurants closed nearly three decades ago.

NEW DETAILS: Tudor’s Biscuit World to open 2nd Dayton-area restaurant, eyes further expansion

Plans are moving ahead for construction of the Dayton area’s second Tudor’s Biscuit World restaurant more than eight years after the first opened in Xenia — and the Tudor’s franchise owner says more are on the way. 

“It looks like we will break ground around the first part of May, with an opening sometime in the June/July time frame,” Tudor’s Biscuit World franchise owner Hank Roysden told this news outlet about his second restaurant coming to 124 N. Broad St. in Fairborn. 

>> TODAY: Bounce house, dunk tank and cornhole are all part of this restaurant’s Springboro ‘Community Day’

The 2,500-square-foot restaurant will seat 40 to 50 diners, Roysden has said. It will employ about 20.

>> Here’s a first look at the new Asian restaurant that opens Friday at The Greene

Roysden said late last year that he plans to expand the chain’s footprint across the Miami Valley. 

>> Fairborn working aggressively to clear blight, attract development

“I’d like to open several restaurants within a 30- to 35-mile radius,” Roysden said. 

>> ‘Too much competition’ forces Miamisburg restaurant to close

Tudor’s Biscuit World is based in Charleston, West Virginia, and operates about 70 restaurants in that state, along with a handful in southeast Ohio and eastern Kentucky.

The Xenia Tudor’s Biscuit World opened eight years ago. 

“The first couple years we were open, it was a struggle,” Roysden said. “We are doing much better now.”

>> Daytonian of the Week: Ray Wiley, co-founder of Rapid Fired & Hot Head 

The restaurant owner recently sold a handful of Dayton-area H&R Block franchise tax-preparation offices in order to focus his attention on expanding Tudor’s Biscuit World in the area, and he believes the time is right.

“The food is really good,” Roysden said. “The biscuits and gravy is our most popular dish, and we serve all-beef hot dogs and one-third-pound hamburgers. The sausage and bacon we get is top quality.”

He also likes the flexibility Tudor’s affords to its franchise owners as to menu items.

“On Fridays, we serve liver and onions, and we also have fried green tomatoes — those are things other Tudor’s don’t have,” Roysden said. 

>> Fairborn to buy, demolish Broad Street motel (November 2016)

Fairborn Assistant City Manager Mike Gebhart said last month that a Tudor’s Biscuit World will help solidify the rebirth of the Broad Street area on which the city has been focusing re-development efforts. And it will provide an attractive dining option for Fairborn residents and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base employees.

“This will help us continue the energy for those development efforts,” Gebhart said. “Plus, it’s great food.”

Bounce house, dunk tank & cornhole are all part of this restaurant’s ‘Community Day’ TODAY

There are many signs of summer that we HAVEN’T seen yet in the Miami Valley — warm temperatures come to mind — but here’s three we’ll see this week at the Springboro Buffalo Wild Wings: dunk tanks, cornhole games and a bounce house.

>> RELATED: Why is Buffalo Wild Wings nicknamed BW3s?

Those attractions and more will be offered during Community Day at Buffalo Wild Wings from 3:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18th at 774 N. Main St. (Ohio 741) in Springboro.

>> Here’s a first look at the new Asian restaurant that opens Friday at The Greene

Proceeds from the event (10 percent of all sales and 100 percent of all money raised from the attractions) will benefit the Boys And Girls Club of Dayton, according to Assistant General Manager Dave Tickel.

>> TODAY: ‘Too much competition’ forces Miamisburg restaurant to close

In addition to the bounce house, dunk tank and corn hole, mini-golf and arts and crafts will be offered, and members of the Clearcreek Fire Dept will be on hand to show off their department’s fire engine. 

>> White Castle wedding: Kettering couple wins contest, gets married

 Coaches of local sports teams and other high-profile members of the Springboro-area community will offer themselves up for dunking at the dunk tank, Tickel said.

>> 10 reasons we love spring in Dayton


Starbucks closing over 8,000 stores for racial-bias training after controversial arrest

More than 8,000 Starbucks stores will be closed nationwide next month for a one-day training aimed at educating employees about racial bias.

The training was announced after two black men were arrested last week at a Philadelphia Starbucks, raising questions of racial bias and sparking criticism at the store and online.

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Company officials said more than 8,000 company-owned Starbucks locations will be closed on the afternoon of May 29 for racial-bias training. Nearly 175,000 employees across the country will receive the training, which will become a regular part of the company’s onboarding process, Starbucks officials said.

Two black men were arrested at a Starbucks in Philadelphia last week after an employee called 911 to say the men were trespassing.

>> Related: Starbucks CEO meets with 2 black men arrested in Philadelphia store

Employees told officers the men were denied the use of the coffee shop’s bathroom and refused to leave, police Commissioner Richard Ross said Saturday.

The men were not charged.

The incident gained national attention after video of the arrests appeared on social media.

>> Related: Video showing arrest of two black men at Starbucks sparks outrage

Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson apologized to the men in a private meeting with them Monday, a Starbucks spokesperson told CNN. The spokesperson declined to elaborate on what took place during the meeting.

Johnson apologized for the incident in a statement Saturday and pledged to investigate. He said Tuesday that the planned racial-bias training “is just one step in a journey that requires dedication from every level of our company and partnerships in our local community.”

>> Related: Starbucks manager leaves company after controversial arrest of 2 black men

“While this is not limited to Starbucks, we’re committed to being a part of the solution,” he said.

Several national and local experts will help to form the curriculum for the training, Starbucks officials said, including NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund President Sherrilyn Ifill, Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt and former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

Company officials said experts will also monitor and review whether the training is effective.

There are more than 28,000 Starbucks stores in 77 countries.

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