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Break out the newspaper! Here are 3 local shrimp boils to get you through hot days 

Don’t fight the heat! Use it to your tummy’s advantage. 

Three dining opportunities are coming up that will allow you to eat seafood on newspaper. 

>> The six amazing women behind some of Dayton’s best food 

Mark your calendars for these three shrimp boils:

Here are the details:

WHAT: Summer Seafood Boil

WHERE: The Wandering Griffin, 3725 Presidential Drive,  Beavercreek

WHEN: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 30  

COST: $59.99 per person. Tickets available on Eventbrite.


“The full menu includes...- an endless pot of seafood boil with shrimp, mussels, crab, andouille sausages, potatoes and corn- four drink tickets redeemable for beer, wine or well-liquor drinks”

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WHAT: Guest Chef Anne Kearney's Shrimp Boil 

>> RELATED: Rue Dumaine’s Anne Kearney scores ‘best-chef’ nomination for 6th year running (Feb 17, 2016)

WHERE: JD Legends, 65 Millard Drive, Franklin

WHEN: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, July 1 

COST: $22 per person. Tickets available on Eventbrite.

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“As part of a week long celebration of our 15 year party JD Legends presents chef Anne Kearney . You can come at 6pm or 7pm. Seating is first come first serve on the patio.

Kearney describes her cooking with the motto "Food of Love". With a background at Bistro at the Maison de Ville and Peristylewith John Neal and as line cook and culinary assistant at Emeril Lagasse's Emeril's, she was given the opportunity to purchase Peristyle from Neal's estate in 1995. She rose to national recognition and later was honored in 2002 with a James Beard Foundation award as "Southeast Regional Best Chef". Kearney's food is an American interpretation of Provençal bistro fare.”

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WHAT: Shrimp Boil for Wright Dunbar

WHERE: West Third Street in the Wright-Dunbar business District, Dayton 

>> PHOTOS: Dayton Region’s Walk of Fame 2017 induction ceremony

WHEN: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 28  

COST: $30 per person. Tickets available on Planned2give.

(Ticket includes shrimp boil dinner and two beer tickets.) 

>> These Daytonians are going to be immortalized in our city’s own Walk of Fame


“The full menu includes...

Celebrate summer with a low key fundraiser for Wright Dunbar by joining us for a Shrimp Boil. We'll cook up the shrimp, corn, and sausage, have plenty of cole slaw and potato salad. Don't be afraid to dig in and peel some shrimp, drink some ice cold brews and enjoy.Thanks to our friends at Bonbright Distributors, we'll be featuring the beers of New Belgium Brewing and our friends at Gordon Food Service are helping to make this possible.

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>> RELATED: Guide to the Wright-Dunbar neighborhood

Build your own potatoes, pasta dishes and hot dogs for $5 at downtown restaurant’s new lunch buffet

You know what might just pair perfectly with your next glass of chardonnay or cup of Joe? A $5 buffet deal. 

Third Perk Coffeehouse & Wine Bar, 46 W. Fifth St. in downtown Dayton, launched its $5 lunch buffet special Friday. 

So far, Juanita Darden-Jones, the business’ owner, says things have gone swimmingly. 

>> This little dive bar in Dayton has a FREE hot dog bar

“We are just trying to attract some of the businesses that are around here and give people a reason to come over,” she said. “It is a lot of things that taste good.”

The buffets will be available 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. three days a week. 

A potato bar will be featured Mondays, a pasta bar Wednesdays and a hot dog bar Fridays. 

The potato bar’s fixing include cheese, butter and sour cream. 

Third Perk’s much-beloved chili is included on the hot dog bar.

There will be two types of pasta on the pasta bar and extras that include marina and Alfredo sauces, vegetables, meatballs, bread and salad. 

>> Downtown bar starts hot dog bar

Jones said the buffet is ideal for those in a hurry. 

“You don’t have to wait for your meal to be prepared,” she said. 

Opened in June 2015, Third Perk recently celebrated its third anniversary. 

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Jones said she is excited about the possibilities that will come downtown with the coming opening of the Levitt Pavilion nearby at in Dave Hall Plaza. 

>> RELATED:  Complete lineup of 2018 concerts at the brand new Levitt Pavilion in downtown Dayton 

The Pavilion will offer 34 free concerts Aug. 9 through Oct. 7 by a list of musicians known locally, nationally and internationally playing a range of music that includes jazz, rock, blues, folk, R&B, country, pop, world and children’s music. 

FOOD NEWS: 18 months after opening, chicken chain shuts down one of its Dayton locations

Less than two years after it opened, a restaurant known for its spicy chicken has closed one if its Dayton-area locations. 

>>RELATED: ‘Nashville Hot’ chicken coming to Austin Landing, Centerville  (Sept 26, 2016)

The Mike’s Nashville Hot restaurant at 6230 Far Hills Ave. (Ohio 48) in the Shops of North Village retail center in Centerville is closed, employees at that location and the Mike’s Nashville Hot restaurant in Austin Landing told this news organization.The Centerville location opened Monday, Jan. 30, 2017. 

The 2,700-square-foot restaurant is next to a Jimmy John’s sandwich shop that opened in May 2014.

>> Opening day today for new Mike’s Nashville Hot in Centerville (Jan 30, 2017)

When it opened, the Centerville Mike’s location had seats for about 72 and employed about 40. 

This news organization is attempting to reach owner Mike Craddick and left a message seeking additional information from the management team at the Austin Landing location. 

Customers are being directed to the Austin Landing location. 

>> RELATED: 11 places to grab some amazing fried chicken in Dayton

Local KFC closes dining room for extensive renovation

The lobby and dining room inside KFC restaurant at 2109 E. Dorothy Lane in Kettering are closed for an extensive remodeling project.

The restaurant’s drive-through, however, will remain open during construction, a spokesman for the restaurant told this news outlet.

>> HOT CHICKEN: Competition intensifies with new-restaurant openings

“We should be done around June 27,” the spokesman said.

 THIS WEEKEND: Local craft beer festival returns after 5-year hiatus 

A Dayton-based craft beer festival is poised to return June 23 after a five-year hiatus to spotlight specialty beers provided by more than a dozen local and regional craft breweries.

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The Cask AleFest, which celebrates a more traditional method of storing and dispensing draught beer, will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 23 on East Second Street between Jefferson and St. Clair Streets in front of Mudlick Tap House in downtown Dayton.

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Joe Waizmann, founder and co-organizer of the event, said the festival’s lengthy hiatus was caused primarily by his stint as a co-founder and co-owner of Warped Wing Brewing Co., from which he departed in late 2017. This  year’s event will mark the seventh AleFest devoted to cask ales.

>> STARTS TODAY: Special-release bourbon coming to a select few local liquor stores starting Friday

“Since my earliest visits to the U.K. more than 20 years ago, I’ve been a huge fan of cask or real ale, and this passion is the basis of my desire to educate and share with others,” Waizmann said. “It’s quite gratifying.”

 >> NEW TODAY: Applebee’s launches legal battle against its own franchise owner for control of Dayton-area restaurants

Tickets are $40  and will be limited  to 300; they are available at Mudlick Tap House or online at

Waizmann said 17 cask ales will be featured:  

  • 50 West Brewing Company Punch You in the EyePA DIPA with Orange Peel 
  • Braxton Brewing Company BlackBerry Smoothie Haven Hefeweizen with Blackberries, Blueberries, Banana, & Apple  
  • Crooked Handle Brewing Company The Farm Saison with Lemon and Basil 

>> Downtown Dayton restaurant De’Lish to shut its doors for good, but intends to go out with a flourish

  • Dayton Beer Company The Java Man Cometh Stout with Mint & Cocoa Nibs  
  • Fat Heads Brewery Unnamed Dry Hopped Strong Ale  
  • Great Lakes Brewing Company Eliot Ness Vienna Lager with Cinnamon & Apple  
  • Great Lakes Brewing Company Burning River Pale Ale with Lavender  
  • Hairless Hare Brewery Blackberry Honey Kickback Kölsch 
  • MadTree Brewing  Brown with Bourbon-and-Peach-Soaked Oak Chips 
  • Maumee Bay Brewing Company Total Eclipse Breakfast Stout with Tiramisu 
  • North High Brewing Cherry Life Golden Sparkling Ale 

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  • Nowhere in Particular Promiscuous Ale Project Strawberry Banana Berliner Weiss 
  • Platform Beer Company Orange Blossom Kettle Sour with Bourbon Soaked Oak Chips and Tart Sour Cherries  
  • Toxic Brew Company Abby's Cure Tripel with Hibiscus & Press Cold Brewed Coffee 
  • Warped Wing Brewing Company Gamma Bomb IPA with Passionfruit 
  • Warped Wing Brewing Company Golden Glow with Lime Peel and Tequila-Soaked Wooden Spiral  
  • Yellow Springs Brewery Boat Show IPA with Raspberries, a special tri-package feature with Boat Show IPA in cask, draught and can.

Help wanted: Oregon District restaurant rising from ashes and is now hiring 

Closed since New Year’s weekend, an Oregon District restaurant continues to rebound from a devastating fire. 

Salar Restaurant and Lounge, 400 E. Fifth St., will hold open interviews for restaurant employees from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, June 25 and Tuesday, June 26. 

Ian Dean, the restaurant’s front of the house manager, said that a variety of positions are available including bussers, waitresses/waiters and line cooks.

>> Oregon District restaurant rising from fire and readying for brand new chapter

“Basically anything you can think of,” Dean said. “Some (former employees) will be returning, but we will be reaching out for new prospects.”

He estimated that the restaurant will have about 30 employees when it reopens, and 15-20 will be new. 

>> PHOTOS: Progress inside of Salar after fire  (May 14, 2018)

Applications are available at

Dean said the restaurant hopes to reopen in late July, but it may be early August as final remodeling projects are complete and permits are obtained.

>> Downtown restaurant closing for good 

The restaurant has been closed since the Dec. 29 fire. 

When it reopens, diners can expect an entire new look to the restaurant that chef Margot Blondet, a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in Lima, Peru, opened in 2013 at the former site of Sidebar.

About a half-dozen other businesses were also impacted by the early morning blaze. 

>> RELATED:  Oregon District businesses are bouncing back after devastating blaze 

Applebee’s launches legal battle against its own franchise owner for control of Dayton-area restaurants

Applebee’s Grill & Bar’s corporate owners have filed a lawsuit to wrestle control of the brand’s restaurants in the Dayton area from its franchisee, in part because the franchisee has filed for bankruptcy protection.

The complex and high-stakes legal battle is in its early stages in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware, but its ultimate impact will almost certainly be felt in the Dayton area. Applebee’s corporate owners have already identified in court papers one Dayton-area location — the Applebee’s at 1795 Delco Park Drive in Kettering — that would be forced to drop its affiliation to Applebee’s if a judge rules in favor of the chain’s corporate owners’ lawsuit.

>> Downtown Dayton restaurant De’Lish to shut its doors for good, but intends to go out with a flourish

RMH Franchise Holdings — the Atlanta-based restaurant franchise company that operates more than 150 Applebee’s locations in 15 states, including Ohio — filed for Chapter 11 re-organization bankruptcy May 8 in the federal bankruptcy court in Delaware, indicating it would continue operating while seeking relief from its debts. Those debts included $14.2 million owed to Applebee’s International Inc. for royalty fees and advertising costs, according to bankruptcy court records.

>> Applebee’s franchise owner breaks silence about local restaurant closing

But Applebee’s corporate parent, Dine Brands Global, is challenging portions of its franchisee’s bankruptcy filing. In its own lawsuit filed three weeks after the initial bankruptcy court action, Dine Brands Global claimed that the restaurants operated by RMH Franchise Holdings should not be regarded as assets under RMH’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing because RMH had reneged on its franchise agreement. Dine Brands is asking a judge for a court order ruling that all of of the restaurants operated by RMH now essentially belong to Dine Brands.

Dine Brands Global claims in its lawsuit that RMH Franchise owes it a total of nearly $23.4 million in royalties and fees, and in future royalties and fees lost after RMH Franchise shut down some of the stores it operated. 

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RMH Franchise has not yet filed a formal response to the May 25 lawsuit. Messages sent to a spokeswoman for RMH Franchise Wednesday afternoon seeking comment had not been returned as of this morning, Thursday June 14.

Greg Flynn, Chairman and CEO of the Flynn group, the largest Applebee's franchisee, said in a a statement released by Dine Brands/Applebee’s  that despite the dispute with RMH Franchise, the Applebee’s brand is doing well.  

“It’s unfortunate that this particular franchisee has an issue, but at the same time, I’m very happy that Applebee’s is experiencing some of the best sales and traffic in a decade. A strong driver of our success has been our incredible collaboration and partnership among franchisees and Applebee’s leadership. I believe the future is very bright for Applebee’s.” 

 Court documents suggest the dispute between the Applebee’s corporate parent and its second-largest franchisee had been developing for at least a year. RMH Franchise “stopped paying royalties due under the franchise agreements” in June 2017, according to the lawsuit.

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And according to, RMH  Franchise suggested in documents related to its bankruptcy filing that Dine Brands was as least partly to blame for its financial difficulties, saying that “specific managerial decisions made on behalf of it by (Dine Brands) … have negatively impacted (our) business operations and left them facing near-term liquidity issues.”  RMH had been making efforts to reduce operating expenses in part by “divesting themselves of certain under-performing locations,” RMH officials said in court documents.

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RMH abruptly closed its Wilmington Pike restaurant in Sugarcreek Twp. on Saturday, June 9. Visitors to the restaurant that day were told the restaurant had shut down permanently, and they were given coupons for $10 off a meal at either of two nearby Applebee’s restaurants.

RMH has closed other Applebee’s in other states, including one on Tuesday, June 12 in South Bend, Indiana — that community’s second Applebee’s closure within a year, according to the South Bend Tribune.

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Dine Brands Global says in its lawsuit that if a judge grants its request, it would assume control of the vast majority of RMH’s restaurants and continue operating them as Applebee’s. But it attached to its lawsuit a list of 20 RMH-operated restaurants it would NOT seek to take over, meaning those 20 restaurants would “need to immediately de-affiliate from using the Applebee’s” name and trademarks if the judge ruled in favor of Dine Brands, according to the lawsuit. 

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That list included three Ohio restaurants, one in the Toledo area, one on Colerain Avenue in Cincinnati, and the Delco Park Drive location in Kettering. That location was one of the two restaurants to which RMH Franchise officials referred customers of the Sugarcreek Twp. location when it shut down Saturday. 

Other RMH-operated Applebee’s restaurants are located in Huber Heights, Xenia, Springboro, Springfield, Sidney, Mason, and on Ohio 741 near the Dayton Mall. 

UPDATE: Downtown restaurant closing for good 

A downtown Dayton restaurant is closing its doors. 

Jasmine Brown announced on her Facebook page that her restaurant, De'Lish Cafe, located at 139 N. Main St., will close for good on July 31.

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She wrote: 

“As I am sitting here writing this, I am tearing up. This message is to let everyone know that De’Lish will be closing July 31, 2018 for good. 

My family and I have given this city 8 long and hard years of our lives. We have had good times and we have had bad times. 

It is time for us to move on to try something different. I have prayed over this decision for the last few months. I must say that I have been happier and less stressed out while taking this time off. Originally we were going to open back up today, but instead we will be opening Sunday, July 1, 2018 to give everyone one last month of De’Lish. 

In the coming weeks I would love to hear what menu items my guests would like to see as we will have a limited menu…. 

We would like to say thank you to everyone that has spent one red cent at our establishment. You have made it possible for me to not only take care of my family, but for me to be able to give back to my community which is a true blessing. I will take with me every conversation, every piece of advice given, every piece of constructive criticism and use it to make myself a better person. When my husband came to me with the idea of wanting to open a restaurant I said “NO!” The best thing I could’ve ever done was to listen to him and be submissive to his wants. For that I am forever thankful, grateful and humbled. Running a business is no easy task, especially when your helpmate is gone. I have tried for the last two years. 

At the end of July we will have one BIG DE’LISH PARTY and party like we’ve never partied before! I invite you into our home for one last month, one last time, one last meal.. 

Thank you all for inviting us into your homes, lives and stomachs! 

We will forever be indebted…. 


Love Always, 

Jasmine, Evian & Willie III”

>> RELATED: Meet Jasmine Brown of De’lish Cafe 

Brown launched the restaurant in 2010, at the former site of Gregory’s Piano Bar.

It closed briefly early this year due to a tax issue. 

>> RELATED: De’Lish Cafe reopens after being shut down for tax issues

A message was sent to Brown seeking further comment. 

RESTAURANT DEMOLITION: Say goodbye to Don Pablo’s, and hello to something new to Dayton

The restaurant that most recently housed a Don Pablo’s Mexican restaurant in front of the Mall at Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek is headed for the wrecking ball. 

>> MORE: 5 restaurants that closed near the Mall at Fairfield Commons

Coming soon to replace it, according to Beavercreek city records, is Black Rock Bar & Grill, a Michigan-based small chain that operates 11 locations, mostly in Michigan and Florida. The restaurants serve steaks sizzling on a 755-degree volcanic rock.

>> UPDATE: New BBQ restaurant coming to the Mall at Fairfield Commons

Messages left for Black Rock officials late Monday had not been returned by mid-morning today, June 12. Mall officials have not formally announced Black Rock’s plans. The space has been vacant for 21 months, since Don Pablo’s shut its doors for good in September 2016.

>> RELATED: Don Pablo’s closes Beavercreek location

But Black Rock officials have requested, and received,  permission from the Beavercreek Planning Commission to demolish the existing Don Pablo’s restaurant and build a new 8,200-square-foot restaurant. 

>> New & locally owned Mexican restaurant opens 1st Dayton-area location

The  planning commission approved the request last week, and Jeffrey McGrath, director of planning and development for the city of Beavercreek, told this news outlet that a demolition permit has been issued. 

>> Owners offer tantalizing glimpse of new Yellow Springs brewpub plans

A limited liability corporation doing business as Black Rock Bar & Grill applied for a full liquor license on March 29 from the Ohio Division of Liquor Control for the former Don Pablo’s space.

Sonic introduces Pickle Juice, Tiger’s Blood slush plus other new flavors

With summer well underway, Sonic has a new tart and sweet slush on its menu.

Starting Monday, the Pickle Juice slush is available for customers as part of four new flavors for the season.

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Tiger’s Blood, Blue Hawaiian and Bahama Mama are also joining the lineup for a limited time.

“Sonic’s guests are game to try adventurous and fun flavors, so we’ve made it our mission to deliver the best of both worlds when it comes to innovation and variety,” Sonic executive Scott Uehlein said in a news release. “The entire Snow Cone Slush lineup – including Pickle Juice, Bahama Mama, Blue Hawaiian and Tiger’s Blood – has a distinctly summertime vibe, allowing our guests to create new summer memories.”

Related: Sonic will have pickle slushes on the menu this summer

Initially reported in March, the syrup that makes the bright green Pickle Juice slush can be added to anything on the menu. Individual franchises will decide whether to charge for creative food mixes.

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