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Roost Events restaurant to open for Fraze concerts — and it’s hiring TODAY

Roost Events, the restaurant adjacent to Fraze Pavilion, will offer regular dinner service for at least 29 concerts and other events this season, and is hosting an open house for seasonal restaurant employees Wednesday afternoon, May 30.

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The open-house hiring event will be held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the restaurant, formerly Roost American, at 580 Lincoln Park Blvd. adjacent to the outdoor music venue.

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“We will be serving classic American fare with some Roost favorites:  Blackened Salmon, Truffle Fries, Grilled Artichokes and Crab Mac ‘n’ Cheese,” Roost owner Dana Downs said. A full bar will be available.

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Roost will offer diners two separate seatings on its patio, which is a popular destination on show nights: one before the show, for those who have tickets and will be attending the performance, and one as the concert starts, for those who will be listening to music from the patio.

>> Local breweries join together to form ‘Dayton Ale Trail’ passport — and there’s a reward at the end

More information is available at the Roost Facebook page.

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The events that Roost Events will open for, according to Downs, are:

Boy Band Review 6/13 

Alison Krause 6/15 

Tony Bennett 6/21 

Orleans 6/22 

Neal McCoy 6/24 SUNDAY 

Black Violin 6/28 

Motown Sounds of TOUCH 6/29 

Michael W. Smith 6/30 

Roger Daltry TOMMY 7/2 

Satisfaction 7/11 

Dave Koz 7/20 

O.A.R. 7/24 

Live at the Fillmore 7/26 

Jim Gaffigan 7/27 

Southern Uprising 7/28 

Draw the Line 8/2 

Flippo 8/3 

REBA 8/4 

Happy Together 8/9 

Roots & Boots 8/10 

Vince Gill 8/13 

The Avett Bros 8/14 

The Menus 8/17 

Get the Led Out 8/22 

Earth, Wind and Fire 8/23 

Sweet Caroline 8/25 

Culture Club /Boy George 9/5 

Euge Groove and Peter White 9/6 

Ringo Star 9/11

>>GUIDE: 6 of the best places to eat before a Fraze Pavilion show

Local breweries join together to form ‘Dayton Ale Trail’ passport — and there’s a reward at the end

Dayton-area breweries are collaborating on a brewery-passport promotion called “The Dayton Ale Trail” that includes a prize as a reward for those who visit each and every Miami Valley brewery.

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“Our local breweries take great pride in supporting each other, and this is just one more way to showcase Ohio’s and, more specifically, Dayton’s independently owned and operated craft breweries,” Jason Moore, co-founder and brewmaster of Crooked Handle Brewing Co. in Springboro, and Michael Muncy, head brewer at Hairless Hare Brewery in Vandalia, said in a release.

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Here’s how it works: 

Copies of The Dayton Ale Trail passport will be available starting Friday, June 1, at the 19 participating Dayton-area breweries, Moore said. Those beer enthusiasts who complete the trail by visiting each brewery on the list and collecting every brewery’s stamp on their passport can stop at Crafted & Cured in Dayton to pick up a Dayton Ale Trail 32-ounce “howler” container for craft beers on tap.

>> Stars in Yellow Springs for Dave Chappelle’s sold-out Juke Joint

>> Amy Schumer was one of the celebrities spotted at Juke Joint

“The goal of this project is to show a collective support for all of our great local breweries, as well as to give an incentive for patrons to venture out past their normal watering hole,” Moore said.

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Plans call for the trail to be updated and reprinted each year for a June 1 release, Moore said.

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Organizers have created a Facebook page devoted to the promotion at

CLOSING: Pizza chain abruptly shuts down one of its Dayton-area restaurants after 6 years

Little Caesars pizza abruptly shut down one of its local restaurants south of Dayton last week after the shop had been in business for six years. The closure came just days after the pizza chain’s local franchise owner opened a separate, new location on the other side of town.

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The store that closed permanently was located at 718 North Heincke Road in Miamisburg, which opened in 2012. Its final day was May 22, according to Frank Sanchez,  CEO of  Apple Dough LLC, the Dayton-area franchisee for Little Caesars pizza.

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Meanwhile, another Little Caesars opened May 15 at 1892 S. Maple Ave. in Fairborn, Sanchez said. The new restaurant is adjacent to a Family Video store at Maple and Dayton-Yellow Springs Road.

>> RELATED: Little Caesars Pizza to open new locations in Fairborn, Centerville

Here’s what Sanchez told this news outlet about the closing of the Miamisburg pizza shop:

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“It was a very difficult decision, but the store had been losing money since we purchased it as part of a bundle of stores back in spring 2017. ... We were never able to raise sales enough to even break even but kept it open the entire year in an attempt to increase traffic through marketing.” 

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“However, we were at the point where the business could no longer afford to stay open with the monthly losses. As a result, we chose to relocate it to Centerville, where a more viable location was available.”

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The Centerville Little Caesars will move into the space that previously housed Papa Murphy’s Pizza at 832 S. Main St. (Ohio 48). Plans call for a late-summer opening of a store that will have a drive-through and plenty of dedicated parking, according to Sanchez, who also oversees a Little Caesars in Richmond, Ind. and three in Michigan. 

>> Butler County woman wins $10K grant from Sam Adams brewery

The new Little Caesars locations will join a keenly competitive Dayton-area pizza market that has seen multiple openings from fast-casual chains such as Kettering-based Rapid Fired Pizza and upcoming openings of two new suburban locations of the national chain Pizza Hut.

JUST IN: Arrow Wine & Spirits will head south to open its 3rd store

Arrow Wine & Spirits, a Dayton-based, family-owned business that traces its roots to 1934, is headed south to add its third beer, wine and liquor store.

A spokeswoman for the Ohio Division of Liquor Control has confirmed to this news outlet that Arrow Wine & Spirits has been awarded the contract to open a state-agency liquor store at 6109 Radio Way in Mason. The store will be new construction.

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“We have eyed expansion for several years now with our eyes primarily on the Columbus and Cincinnati markets,” said Arrow co-owner Mif Frank, grandson of one of the three Frank brothers who founded the company 84 years ago. “We decided on the Mason area because of the proximity to our Centerville and Kettering locations, and because the Mason-West Chester area is one of the fastest-growing regions in Ohio.”

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Frank said the new store will be 15,000 to 20,000 square feet.

“Our plans are to make this location big enough to provide the largest selection of wine, beer, and spirits, as well as all of the other products we offer, in Ohio,” he said.

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The goal is to open the store in early 2019. “We will work closely with The Ohio Division of Liquor Control to meet all of their requirements and to make sure that we are ‘Arrow Ready,’ Frank said.

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Each existing Arrow store employs 25 to 30, with additional seasonal help during November and December. Frank said he expects the Mason store to create an equivalent number of new jobs.

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Arrow was a pioneer in southwest Ohio in hosting drop-in wine tastings, which it launched in 1975. The new Mason store will offer weekly wine and beer tastings as well as special events, Frank said. 

>> RELATED: State seeks bids for three new liquor stores in Montgomery, Miami and Butler counties

Arrow got its start in the Arcade in downtown Dayton in 1934, a year after Prohibition was lifted, when three Frank brothers — Malcolm, Irving and Sanford — launched a liquor delivery service that became Arrow Wine & Spirits. The young brothers — Malcolm was the oldest, at 23 — combined their $15 in savings and two cars to set up the delivery service. The Frank brothers called their service Arrow to assure customers they were fast and accurate. They subsequently moved across the street to 39 S. Ludlow St. to set up their own beer and wine shop. 

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 At one time, Arrow operated six stores throughout the region, including on Salem Avenue near Grand Avenue in Dayton, in Page Manor in Riverside, and in Breitenstrater Square in Dayton.

Arrow’s Lyons Road store in Washington Twp. near Centerville was among the first “agency” stores to start selling liquor after state officials did away with “state stores” in the early 1990s. The Arrow store on Far Hills Avenue in Kettering followed soon thereafter.

The new Mason store is part of an effort by the Ohio Division of Liquor Control to expand and enhance sales in Ohio, which helps fund economic-development efforts across the state. The state is still considering bids on another proposed location in south Centerville, a spokeswoman for the division of liquor control said. And no final decision has been made regarding a proposed Piqua location, she said.

Memphis to hike minimum wage over $15 an hour

What was once an idea on paper will be official as early as next month.

>> Watch the news report here

According to WHBQ, 420 employees of the city of Memphis, Tennessee, are about to get a raise to an hourly rate that is more than twice the state and federal minimum wage average. 

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“I think it's real nice, real good,” said taxpayer Clifford Joseph

The raise comes thanks to a resolution that passed the budget committee to give every city employee a base minimum wage of $15.50 an hour. 

Council found the $1 million needed to fund the extra salaries by making small cuts to other departments.

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No tax increase is necessary either, even though Joseph said he would be OK with one if needed. 

“It would be worth it to me; I think they deserve it. They're out there working hard in this hot sun, rain, sleet, snow,” he said.

Mayor Jim Strickland’s budget proposal allocated $1.4 million to bring some employee salaries up to industry standards. 

The rest of that money will go to the minimum wage increase, which is an idea first thought up by Councilman Edmund Ford Jr. who said, “If we want to talk about living wage we have to do more than talk we have to actually do something.” 

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The money will also cover something called compression. 

That will ensure supervisors make more than the employees they oversee. 

“Let’s say that I’m your boss, you're the subordinate. I'm making $15 now, you're making $12 now. Well, according to this resolution, if I just did a flat $15.50, you and I would be making the same salaries,” Ford added. 

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The budget is expected to be voted on and passed next week

The raises would go into effect on July 1, 2018. 

Ford will make a resolution next week to get all part-time workers to $15.50 an hour. 

He said that would cost about $6 million but says the time to start that debate should start now for possibly a year or two down the road. 

Starbucks closing 8,000 stores Tuesday afternoon for racial bias training

More than 8,000 Starbucks Coffee stores will close Tuesday afternoon for a company-wide training session on racial bias following an April incident in Philadelphia.

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Starbucks has shared a “preview video” of what employees and the public can expect from the training session dubbed “5/29.”

>> Watch the video here

The video features footage of the April 12 incident in which police were called on two black men who were sitting at a table in a Philadelphia Starbucks store. The video includes cameos from celebrities, including the artist Common and filmmaker Stanley Nelson, along with store managers and employees.

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Leaders from the Equal Justice Initiative, Demos and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People helped to create the “curriculum” for Starbucks’ training day, according to the company.

“Our hope is that these learning sessions and discussions will make a difference within and beyond our stores. After May 29, we will make the curriculum available to the public and share it with the regions as well as our licensed and business partners … May 29 isn’t a solution, it’s a first step,” Rossann Williams, Starbucks executive vice president, said in a note to the company on May 22.

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

The training is the coffee chain’s response to the incident during which two men had asked to use the restroom at a Starbucks. An employee refused because they had not purchased anything. The two men then sat down in the store and an employee asked them to leave but they declined, The Associated Press reports.

The store manager, Holly Hylton, 31, originally from Dayton, Ohio, then sparked a nationwide controversy after she called police on the two men. Hylton is no longer working at the Starbucks in downtown Philadelphia, a spokeswoman told several media outlets following the incident.

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Hylton has not answered calls from the Dayton Daily News, and neither did some of her relatives. Since the incident, she appears to have deactivated her social media accounts.

Hylton graduated from Wright State University in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish, according to the university. She studied at Sinclair Community College from 2005 to 2011, a Sinclair spokesman said.

Avoid these air travel scams 

This summer is expected to be the busiest ever for air travel , which also means scammers will be trying to take advantage of unsuspecting passengers.

Online travel scams may involve free ticket deals, discounts, and other perks, which are ruses to get your to reveal your personal information. 

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Two active scams you may encounter online involve free tickets on Allegiant Airlines and Alaska Airlines, which amount to elaborate phishing schemes,  according to the security app Fyde.

News Center 7 consumer reporter Rachel Murray will show you how these scams work and how you can avoid becoming a victim on WHIO-TV at 5pm. 

JUST IN: Owners of local, independent bookstore apply for beer & wine license

A locally owned and independent bookstore and cafe would like to be able to serve something a little stronger than just coffee or tea to its customers.

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The owner of the Storybrooke Cafe at 8381 N. Main St. in the Randolph Plaza in Clayton applied last week for licenses to serve beer and wine at the bookstore cafe. 

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The bookstore cafe, which opened in early 2017 at 556 S. Main St. in Englewood, sells books for all ages, and serves specialty beverages and treats. 

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Storybrooke owner Natalie Lowry said the store’s move from Englewood to the Randolph Plaza has allowed for greater flexibility and more space, so she intends to increase the number of special events that the store hosts.

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“Our guests have considerable interest in expanding our specialty line of drinks to carry specialty beers and wines,” Lowry said.

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Plans call for changing Storybrooke’s name, and the store’s customers have been brainstorming and voting on their favorite new names in the store, the business owner said.

A new type of chocolate? Yes, and an Oakwood shop just received a shipment of it

Oakwood chocolate shop Madame Delluc Artisan Chocolatier will introduce the Dayton area to new type of chocolate starting Friday, May 25.

“Ruby Chocolate” was developed by Swiss chocolate maker Barry Callebaut, and his firm has a long-standing relationship with Mary Chocolatier, the Belgium-based company whose chocolates are sold by the Madame Delluc shop at 2510 Far Hills Ave. in Oakwood, according to Francoise Walusis, founder of the Oakwood shop.

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The pink color comes naturally. Ruby chocolate gets its pinkish color from the red bean of a specific type of cocoa plant grown in Brazil, Ecuador and Ivory Coast.

Walusis described the taste as fruity, with a berry-like sweetness that lingers. 

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“I’m still learning about it, and everything I read, it’s a bigger deal than I thought,” the Madame Delluc owner said.

The ruby chocolate is available in only one product in the Oakwood shop: the “Truffe Champagne Rose,” in which the ruby chocolate enrobes a center of dark chocolate mousse. The truffles are then rolled in powdered sugar, mostly obscuring the pink hue of the ruby chocolate, although the berry flavors that Walusis described do come through in the aftertaste.

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The special ruby-chocolate-enrobed truffles will sell at the shop for $3.25 per piece. Other truffles that are enrobed with “regular” milk, dark or white chocolate cost $2.15 per piece.

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For more information, check out the Madame Delluc Artisan Chocolatier web site

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Amazon Alexa recorded private conversation, sent it to random contact, woman says

A Portland, Oregon, family contacted Amazon to investigate after they say a private conversation in their home was recorded by Amazon's Alexa – the voice-controlled smart speaker – and the recorded audio was sent to the phone of a random person in Seattle, who was in the family’s contact list.

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"My husband and I would joke and say, 'I'd bet these devices are listening to what we're saying,'" said Danielle, who did not want KIRO-TV to use her last name.

Every room in her family home was wired with the Amazon devices to control her home's heat, lights and security system.

But Danielle said that two weeks ago, the family's love for Alexa changed with an alarming phone call. "The person on the other line said, 'Unplug your Alexa devices right now,'" she said. "'You're being hacked.'"

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That person was one of her husband's employees, calling from Seattle.

"We unplugged all of them and he proceeded to tell us that he had received audio files of recordings from inside our house," she said. "At first, my husband was, like, 'No, you didn't!' And the (recipient of the message) said, 'You sat there talking about hardwood floors.' And we said, 'Oh gosh, you really did hear us.'"

Danielle listened to the conversation when it was sent back to her, and she couldn't believe someone 176 miles away heard it, too.

"I felt invaded," she said. "A total privacy invasion. Immediately, I said, 'I'm never plugging that device in again because I can't trust it.'"

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Danielle says she unplugged all the devices, and she repeatedly called Amazon. She says an Alexa engineer investigated.

"They said, 'Our engineers went through your logs, and they saw exactly what you told us; they saw exactly what you said happened, and we're sorry.' He apologized like 15 times in a matter of 30 minutes, and he said, 'We really appreciate you bringing this to our attention; this is something we need to fix!'"

But Danielle says the engineer did not provide specifics about why it happened or if it's a widespread issue.

"He told us that the device just guessed what we were saying," she said. Danielle said the device did not audibly advise her it was preparing to send the recording, something it’s programmed to do.

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When KIRO-TV asked Amazon questions, the company sent this response:

“Amazon takes privacy very seriously. We investigated what happened and determined this was an extremely rare occurrence. We are taking steps to avoid this from happening in the future."

Amazon offered to “de-provision” Danielle’s Alexa communications so she could keep using its "Smart Home" features. But Danielle is hoping Amazon gives her a refund for her devices, which she said representatives have been unwilling to do. She says she’s curious to find out if anyone else has experienced the same issue.

"A husband and wife in the privacy of their home have conversations that they're not expecting to be sent to someone (in) their address book," she said.

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