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Dayton Mall’s Rusty Bucket restaurant to host 3-day hiring fair

The Rusty Bucket Restaurant & Tavern in front of the Dayton Mall will host a hiring fair from Tuesday, June 5  through Thursday, June 7 at 2812 Miamisburg-Centerville Road. 

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 Available positions include line cooks, servers, bartenders and host or hostess. 

Interested candidates are invited to visit the restaurant from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. for open interviews.

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Headquartered in Columbus, Rusty Bucket operates 23 locations in Ohio, Michigan, Florida, Indiana, North Carolina and Colorado. All Rusty Bucket restaurant locations are open for lunch and dinner daily, as well as for weekend brunch. 

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Earlier this year, Rusty Bucket launched online ordering at all its restaurants, providing customers the option to place their orders and pay ahead of time online for pick-up in the restaurant. In addition, the restaurant chain also has introduced the Rusty Bucket mobile app, which allows guests to place orders directly from their smartphones.

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For more information, please visit or call the Dayton-area restaurant at 937.436.2426.

DENIED: No new liquor store coming to Miami County after all, state says

One of the three new liquor stores that were supposed to be coming to the Dayton area will not be happening after all because state officials  have rejected applications for it.

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A spokeswoman for the Ohio Division of Liquor Control has confirmed to this news outlet that no contract will be awarded for what had been envisioned as a new liquor store in Piqua. 

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The division of liquor control received three applications for the new Piqua store, which was to be located within a two-mile radius of a location on East Ash Street (Ohio 36) in the city. Two applications were evaluated and rejected because they did not meet minimum requirements, the spokeswoman said, while a third applicant withdrew an application because the applicant was awarded a contract in a different region. 

>> EARLIER COVERAGE: 3 new liquor stores coming to the Miami Valley

The Ohio Department of Commerce Division of Liquor Control had announced in November that it was seeking to add 20 new liquor-agency stores statewide, including three in the greater Dayton area, and invited entrepreneurs and potential store owners to submit applications to be awarded those state liquor agencies. The state does not mandate a specific location for the new stores, but instead identifies points on a map in areas its research suggests are under-served, and invites potential applicants to pitch business plans for stores within a two-mile radius of that spot.

>> WHERE TO EAT THIS WEEK: Hidden in plain sight Beavercreek restaurant pumping out big flavors

Last week, liquor-control officials confirmed that a contract for a new Mason location had been awarded to Arrow Wine & Spirits, which operates two Dayton-area stores in Kettering and Washington Twp. The contract award recipient for a new state liquor agency in south Centerville has not been announced.

>> Arrow Wine & Spirits will head south to open its 3rd store

The applications are evaluated and scored based on several criteria. Applicants must have experience operating a retail business or equivalent experience, and must have sufficient financial resources to establish and manage a retail business, according to the division of liquor control’s web site.

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Last year, attempts to add a state liquor store in Fairborn fizzled when liquor-control officials determined none of applications met the standards. 

>> SWING & A MISS: No new liquor store after all for Fairborn, state says 

Jim Canepa, superintendent of the Ohio Division of Liquor Control, told this news outlet last year that there had been “no thoughtful strategy” in recent years of how to grow the liquor business that the state essentially owns and operates. 

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“We will look for spaces to tap into revenue,” he said. Under Canepa’s leadership, the division of liquor control will attempt to demystify spirits and focus on the stories behind some of the craft spirits available — and being produced — in the state, much as Ohio craft breweries and wineries have done, the superintendent said.

>> RELATED: Local distilleries get green light to offer food, drinks (May 2016)

“We want to develop a new customer experience,” while also promoting responsible consumption, Canepa said.

Vermont wants remote workers, will pay $10,000 to move

If you ever thought working from your home in the middle of Vermont, your dream may soon come true thanks to a new law in the Green Mountain State. And the state will pay you to move there. 

If eligible, workers who relocate can get up to $5,000 a year over two years, with a $10,000 maximum because of the state’s new remote worker grant program, CNN Money reported.

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But if you live in Vermont, then you’re not eligible, Burlington Free Press reported.

“We think Vermont is well-positioned to capitalize on the increase in the availability of remote work,” Michael Schirling said.

Schirling is the state’s Agency of Commerce and Community Development secretary.

He says the state thinks that it will be a good offer for couples where one member has a more traditional job offer in Vermont while the second can work remotely, the Free Press reported

Here’s how to qualify:

  • Must work in a home office or a co-working space
  • Full-time employee of a company based outside Vermont
  • Full-time Vermont residents after Jan. 1, 2019.

What is covered by the $5,000-$10,000 grant:

  • Moving expenses
  • Membership fees for co-working spaces,
  • Computer software
  • Computer hardware
  • Broadband

Money will distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and there are limits each year for the total amount of money available, CNN Money reported.

This restaurant chain just awarded $2,500 scholarships to 37 Dayton-area crew members

More than three dozen crew members of Chick-fil-A restaurants throughout the Dayton area have been awarded $2,500 each in scholarship money from the chain’s franchise owners.

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The 37 recipients range from 2018 high school graduates to college students already enrolled in master's-degree programs, Marla Davis, franchise owner of Chick-fil-A restaurants in the Cornerstone of Centerville development and on Miamisburg-Centerville Road in Washington Twp., told this news outlet. 

>> RELATED: Chick-fil-A is testing out a new sandwich that's a hybrid of two of their classics

The $92,500 awarded to local employees is part of Chick-fil-A’s “Remarkable Futures” education initiative that this year awarded a total of $14.5 million in scholarships to more than 5,700 Chick-fil-A employees nationwide. The scholarships can be applied to any area of study at any accredited institution, including two- or four-year colleges and universities, online programs, or technical/vocational schools, Chick-fil-A officials said in a release. 

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Chick-fil-A began awarding scholarships in 1973, when Founder S. Truett Cathy sought a way to encourage his crew members to further their education.

Scholarships are awarded based on crew members’ leadership, academic achievement and community involvement.

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 Here is a breakdown of the Dayton-area stores and the number of scholarship recipients. Applicants are nominated by local store operators, and final selections are made by a national panel.


Cornerstone of Centerville — 13 


Beavercreek — 12 

Washington Twp. (Miamisburg-Centerville Road)— 6 


Mall at Fairfield Commons — 4 

Dayton Mall — 1 


Troy — 1 


Is Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant coming to Cornerstone of Centerville? 

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant — which has a location in Liberty Center in Butler County as well as two other restaurants in Cincinnati and Columbus — is considering building a restaurant in the Dayton-area market.

When asked whether a new Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant may be coming to the Cornerstone of Centerville development, Cooper’s Hawk Marketing Manager Ami Vanderhoof emailed the following reply:

“From what I understand, we have not yet signed any contracts or agreements — we do like the community, and are exploring options, but at this time nothing is signed.”

>> New Dayton Burger Week coming, and one restaurant is giving away free Bonnaroo tickets to celebrate

>>  A new juicery is coming to Dayton and its owners hope it will be first step in revitalizing neighborhood

Earlier this month, Centerville City Council members unanimously approved changes to the final development plan for the Phase III Cornerstone North project near the Interstate 675-Wilmington Pike interchange, allowing for an unnamed “new user” to build there. At the time, officials with Oberer Development, developer of Cornerstone, declined to disclose details of the unnamed new user.

Messages left with Oberer officials this morning, Thursday May 31, have not been returned.

>> RELATED: New Cooper’s Hawk winery, restaurant poised to open in Butler County

Andrew Rodney, the city of Centerville’s planning and zoning administrator, said this morning that the city has not received any applications regarding the Phase III Cornerstone North project “from Cooper’s Hawk or anybody else,” and he deferred questions about prospective tenants there to Oberer officials.

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If a deal is signed, it would mark another significant retail win for Cornerstone of Centerville, which has shown a knack for attracting restaurant chains that are new to the Dayton-area market. 

>> Flyboy’s Deli adds a new ‘twist’ to its Beavercreek restaurant and plans to add a patio this summer

Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen, Bagger Dave’s Burger Tavern, Panda Express, CoreLife Eatery, and, most recently, Which Wich Superior Sandwiches chose Cornerstone of Centerville to make their Dayton-area debuts. MOD Pizza announced plans to open its first Dayton-area location in Cornerstone, but ended up opening an Englewood location before its Cornerstone restaurant.

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The Cooper’s Hawk restaurants are large operations. Cooper’s Hawk officials said prior to opening their Liberty Center location in 2016 that they were planning to hire as many as 200 people to staff the restaurant.

>> Little Caesars shuts down one of its Dayton-area restaurants after 6 years

Founded in Orland Park, Ill., in 2005, Cooper’s Hawk now has more than two dozen locations nationwide. Each Cooper’s Hawk includes an upscale casual dining restaurant, full-service bar, private barrel-aging room, and Napa Valley-style tasting room and retail gift store. 



Big changes coming to 2nd Street Market starting this weekend

The 2nd Street Market will host one of its most eventful weekends starting this Friday, June 1.

The market at 600 E. Second St. in downtown Dayton will re-launch its Sunday hours that were a hit during last year’s trial run — only this year, the Sunday hours will last through Dec. 31. But first, it will host special “First Friday” events Friday, and the following day, will welcome back a half-dozen  outdoor farmers market vendors on Saturday.

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“Sunday hours were such a success last season that we have decided to extend this program even further into the year,” 2nd Street Market Manager Jimmy Harless said in a release. “We always strive to address the needs of the community, whether it’s extending hours or hosting vendors who accept SNAP benefits.” 

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On Friday, the Market will open be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. as usual, then will reopen from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. to be part of downtown Dayton’s “First Friday” festivities, hosting  live music and serving as a challenge location for the Great Dayton Adventure Race that evening. 

>> Flyboy’s Deli adds a new ‘twist’ to its Beavercreek restaurant and plans to add a patio this summer

Saturday marks the return of the Outdoor Farmers Market from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., when six vendors will set up just outside the market’s Second Street entrance. The fresh produce will be available through early October or thereabouts, depending on weather.

The outdoor vendors that will be at the Market are: Corner Hill Farms, Frieszell Liberty Garden, Garber Farm, Gypsy Chick Farm, Mile Creek Farm, and Harry’s Old Country Orchard. 

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The kickoff of Sunday hours will give customers a chance to shop more than 40 vendors from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There also will be an opportunity to milk a live dairy cow in celebration of National Dairy Month, market officials said. 

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Last summer’s Summer Sunday Trial Run pleased both vendors and customers, according to surveys taken by Five Rivers MetroParks officials. Sunday attendance easily topped average Friday attendance, and about 90 percent of vendors reported that Sundays were profitable. The response “exceeded our three key performance indicators related to attendance, customer satisfaction and vendor sales expectations,” market officials said last October when they announced the added Sunday hours would return this summer. 

>> Little Caesars shuts down one of its Dayton-area restaurants after 6 years

 For a complete list of the market’s vendors — including 10 food vendors that prepare breakfast and lunch items and other vendors offering bread, milk, cheese, meats, oils, flour and a large selection of hand-crafted gifts — check out

Bob Evans Restaurants offers free pie today to celebrate late founder’s 100th birthday

Bob Evans Restaurants is celebrating its late founder’s 100th birthday by offering a free slice of pie today, May 30, according to a post on the company’s Facebook page and confirmed by a Bob Evans Restaurants spokesman.

>> NEW TODAY: New, locally owned restaurant called Rivertown Chili and Breakfast to open this week

“The offer is valid in all locations, open to close,” the spokesman said. “The purchase requirement is an adult entrée, and if the guest orders pie, (the pie) will be free in celebration of Bob Evans’ 100th birthday. It is not valid with any other offers.”

>> NEW TODAY: Bakery on Dayton-Oakwood border sets grand opening date, free-cupcakes-for-a-year drawing

The company’s founder was born May 30, 1918, in Sugar Ridge, Ohio, north of Bowling Green in Wood County. He died in 2007.

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New bakery on Dayton-Oakwood border sets grand opening date, free-cupcakes-for-a-year drawing

The new bakery moving into the Moore Dessert Please space at 1003 Shroyer Road in Dayton near the Oakwood border has set its grand opening date and specials.

>> NEW TODAY: New, locally owned restaurant called Rivertown Chili and Breakfast to open this week

La Puf Sweets Bakery & Candy will formally introduce itself from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 16. 

>> PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Candy shop that shut down at The Greene to relocate to the Oakwood area

 “Let the sweet adventures begin!” La Puf founder Karalee Parlin said on La Puf Sweets Facebook page of the grand opening. “We will have samples, giveaways, in-store savings, and one lucky person will win a year supply of cupcakes.” 

>> NEW TODAY: A new juicery is coming to Dayton and its owners hope it will be first step in revitalizing neighborhood

“We will have hot dogs from The Root Beer Stande, Face Painting and Balloon Making from Britzy's Parties Plus, we will be spinning our signature Cotton Candy (free with purchase) ... The bakery will be full of amazing sweets from cupcakes, candy apples, mini tarts & cheesecakes to edible cookie dough!”

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The bakery is offering 10 percent off any order including catering services booked on June 16.

La Puf Sweets got its start as a bricks-and-mortar bakery in late 2016 on Patterson Road in Kettering, and later moved to The Greene Town Center in Beavercreek before shutting down there. 

>> PREVIOUS COVERAGE: New candy shop in Kettering to host grand opening next week (November 2016)

Justin Livingston, owner of the former Moore Dessert Please, now operates Scratch Bakery by Justin Tyler in his hometown of Tipp City.

FOOD NEWS: New, locally owned restaurant called Rivertown Chili and Breakfast to open this week 

A new and independently owned chili restaurant called Rivertown Chili and Breakfast is scheduled to open Friday morning, June 1 in Miamisburg.

The new restaurant is located in downtown Miamisburg at 105 S.  Second St., in what’s developing as a restaurant row of sorts, near Watermark restaurant and the Canal House Eatery, co-founder Brian Walusis said. It will be open for breakfast and lunch from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. 

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Walusis and his father John have been participating in chili cook-offs around the region for more than 30 years. “The recipes that we are using are craft chili recipes that have received awards in competitions as well as various iconic chili recipes made famous throughout different regions of the country,” Brian Walusis said.

>> NEW TODAY: A new juicery is coming to Dayton and its owners hope it will be first step in revitalizing neighborhood

The restaurant’s founders test-drove the concept a year ago with the  pop-up restaurant called Clashmore Mike’s. Rivertown Chili will seat 30 inside and as many as 20 more on a porch and patio, Walusis said. The restaurant does not yet have a license to sell beer, “but we are working toward making that happen,” he said.

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Here’s how Walusis described Rivertown Chili’s menu:

“We will always have a slate of chili options and are opening with John's Dayton Homestyle — this would be a style that is familiar to anyone who grew up in this area. Secondly, Clashmore Mike's Texas Red, a true Texas style chili, no beans allowed, and (also) Koko's Favorite, a vegan chili. We will also be featuring a sandwich made with Watermark's Smoked Brisket, which is house-made in their smoker two doors down from us. Sides include a house salad and coleslaw, as well as New York style cheesecake for dessert.”

>> ALSO IN MIAMISBURG: Little Caesars shuts down one of its Dayton-area restaurants after 6 years

“The breakfast will be a star in its own right. Our breakfast chef, Mason Downey, hails from Oregon, and he came up as a breakfast chef in the National Park System, working at Yosemite, Denali, Bryce Canyon, and Yellowstone and also worked at the Cowboy Smokehouse in Utah.”

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Breakfast items will include omelettes, biscuits and gravy, hash browns, grits and French toast, “as well as of course, great coffee,” Walusis said.

>> RELATED: New ‘pop-up’ restaurant aims to be the ‘Zombie Dogz of Chili’

Plans call for adding late-night hours on Fridays and Saturdays and later to add Sunday brunch service, Walusis said.

Despite Rivertown’s Second Street address, the restaurant’s entrance and parking are actually on the First Street side of the building.

>> Arrow Wine & Spirits will head south to open its 3rd store

5 surprising ways Kroger is changing stores in 2018

Kroger Co. is buying Home Chef, the country’s largest private meal kit company, in a deal that could reach $700 million, according to the Cincinnati-based grocery chain.

The initial transaction price is $200 million and future payments of up to $500 million over five years are contingent on achieving certain sales goals, the company said. Kroger has a major presence in the region. The chain has approximately 6,000 workers in the Dayton area where they have invested over $160 million in new storing, remodels and fuel centers in the past 10 years, according to Tim Brown, president of Kroger’s Cincinnati/Dayton division.

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It’s not the only recent change that Kroger has made to transform the customer shopping experience. Here are five other things that Kroger has tried out in the past year:

1. No more waiting? Kroger looks to eliminate checkout lanes

The Cincinnati-headquartered grocery chain will roll out its “Scan, Bag, Go” service to 400 stores in 2018, according to Business Insider. Shoppers can avoid long checkout lines by scanning barcodes of items they want to buy using a handheld scanner or through Kroger’s “Scan, Bag, Go” app on any smartphone. READ MORE

2. Kroger expands organic brand offerings

Cincinnati-headquartered Kroger, in partnership with Fair Trade USA, announced today that its Simple Truth brand will expand in 2018 to offer more Fair Trade Certified productsThe Simple Truth brand’s current portfolio of Fair Trade products spans multiple commodities, including coffee, cocoa, coconut, tea, sugar and agave. READ MORE

3. Kroger sells off convenience store business for $2.15B

Kroger has sold off its convenience store business unit to EG Group for approximately $2.15 billion. EG Group, a privately-held petrol forecourt convenience store retailer in the United Kingdom, agreed to purchase the chain form Kroger. The deal includes 784 stores operating across 18 states, including 66 franchise locations. READ MORE

4. Kroger to roll out digital aisle displays that connect to smartphones

Kroger is changing how customers will shop in stores with new digital aisle displays that connect and interact with smartphones. The Cincinnati-based grocery retailer is rolling out new technology called Kroger Edge in nearly 200 stores in 2018. The technology will be installed on store shelves where paper price tags currently hang. READ MORE

5. Kroger reportedly exploring other partnerships, acquisitions

Home Chef isn’t the first acquisition that Kroger has reportedly explored in the past year. Customers could expect more acquisitions to occur if reports are true. Kroger reportedly has conversations with Chinese e-commerce and technology company Alibaba earlier this year about a potential partnership.

They’ve also reportedly had conversations about a partnership with, and online retailer Boxed Wholesale allegedly rejected Kroger’s $400 million buyout offer in March. It’s clear Kroger is open to pursing new ventures with online companies. READ MORE

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