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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.

5 things to know: Applebee’s abruptly shuts down Dayton-area restaurant

Here are five things to know about Saturday’s abrupt closure of the Applebee's Grill & Bar restaurant on Wilmington Pike in Sugarcreek Twp.

  • The restaurant at 6242 Wilmington Pike is not owned directly by Applebee’s parent company, but rather by Nebraska-based RMH Franchise, which operates all Applebee’s locations in the Dayton area.

>> PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Applebee’s shuts down its Sugarcreek Twp. restaurant

  • RMH purchased all of the Applebee’s in central and southwest Ohio from a Lexington, Ky. franchise company in late 2013, a transaction that more than doubled the number of Applebee’s restaurants run by RMH. But just before that transaction closed, three Applebee’s locations in southwest and central Ohio, including one at 1450 W. Dorothy Lane in Kettering and others in Milford and Dublin, shut down. The Kettering space now houses an El Rancho Grande Mexican restaurant.

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  • When the purchase was complete, a spokesman for Applebee’s corporate said his company was committed to working with the new franchise owner to expand the Applebee’s footprint. “RMH is a strong, growing franchise partner, and they are committed to sustainable growth” in its markets, including southwest Ohio, Applebee’s spokesman Dan Smith said in December 2013. 

>> Applebee’s franchise owner closes one of its Kettering restaurants (December 2013)

  • Customers who showed up to eat on Saturday found the Wilmington Pike restaurant closed, but were given coupons by Applebee’s representatives for $10 off at two other Dayton-area Applebee’s: one on Delco Park Drive in Kettering, and one on Ohio 741 just north of the Dayton Mall. “Thank you for sharing your community with us,” the coupon read. “We have closed this location and look forward to seeing you at our other area Applebee’s.”

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  • The manager of the Sugarcreek Twp. Applebee’s on Saturday referred all questions about the closing to a spokesperson for RMH Franchise, who has not responded to requests for comment left Saturday afternoon and this morning, Monday June 11. It is not clear how many employees were affected by the shutdown, or whether any or all of those employees were offered positions at other Dayton-area Applebee’s locations. When the West Kettering Applebee’s closed in December 2013, a spokesman for Applebee’s corporate said all of that restaurant’s employees were offered positions at other restaurants. 

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JUST IN: Applebee’s shuts down one of its Dayton-area restaurants

The franchise owner of Applebee’s Grill & Bar restaurants throughout Ohio has permanently shut down one of its Dayton-area restaurants effective today, Saturday, June 9.

“Thank you for sharing your community with us,” reads a coupon offering $10 off at two other Dayton-area Applebee’s, offered to customers of the restaurant at 6242 Wilmington Pike in Sugarcreek Twp. “We have closed this location and look forward to seeing you at our other area Applebee’s.”

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The coupon was being handed out to prospective diners who came to the Wilmington Pike location this afternoon. 

>> Dayton Mall Applebee’s property sold (April 2018)

The general manager of the restaurant referred all questions to a spokeswoman for RMH Franchise, the restaurant-franchise company based in Lincoln, Neb. that operates Dayton-area Applebee’s restaurants. Phone and email messages left with the RMH Franchise spokeswoman were not immediately returned. 

>> Applebee’s franchise owner closes one of its Kettering restaurants (December 2013)

RMH Franchise purchased what was then 88 Ohio Applebee’s in the fall of 2013 as part of a multi-state sale by a Kentucky-based franchisee. In December 2013, the Applebee’s at 1450 W. Dorothy Lane shut down permanently. After sitting vacant for a few years, that space now houses an El Rancho Grande Mexican restaurant. 

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Elsa’s — already poised to open in Sugarcreek Twp. — eyes another new location in south suburbs

Elsa’s Mexican Restaurant, which is poised to open a large cantina-style restaurant in the Sugarcreek Plaza off Wilmington Pike, may have another new location in the works soon in Springboro. 

The Dayton-based Mexican restaurant chain applied earlier this week for liquor licenses for space at 774 N. Main St. in Springboro. 

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Reached this morning, here’s what Elsa’s co-owner Jason Hemmert said about the applications:

“We are being proactive in applying for the liquor license, since there are not many available in that area, and we are in early negotiations for the space, which is currently BW3's in Springboro.”

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“Though not finalized, we are working hard at it and hope this will be the next great Elsa's location. We have been looking for some time to go down that way with our concept.”

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Elsa’s, which operates four restaurants and sports bars in and around Dayton, is putting the finishing touches on its fifth location, Elsa’s Corner Cantina, at 6204 Wilmington Pike in the Sugarcreek Plaza in Sugarcreek Twp. The space previously housed Caramella’s Italian Kitchen, and, before that, Murphy’s Irish Pub and Barleycorn’s.

>> RELATED: Dayton area’s 5th Elsa’s gearing up to open in Sugarcreek Twp.

Hemmert said this morning final inspections are scheduled for next week, and after a training period for staff, the cantina-style restaurant will open its doors to the public. The restaurant will seat about 140 inside and about 60 outside and will hire 35 to 45 employees, Hemmert has said.

RELATED: Elsa’s Kettering reopens today after 3-week makeover

Elsa’s also operates locations on Linden Avenue in Dayton, on Wilmington Avenue in Dayton, on Far Hills Avenue in Centerville, and on East Stroop Road in Kettering.

Why cows (and other ingredients) need to fear Dayton Burger Week 

We have some sad news for cows. 

As we told you last week, Dayton Burger Week is coming Aug. 6 to 12. It is expected to be beefier than any of us expected. 

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Burger Week organizer Tony Frank said one single man in Cincinnati downed 52 burgers during that city’s burger week last year. 

Yes, 1 DUDE TOOK DOWN 52 BURGERS in a week. 

“It was a week of gluttony,” Frank said of the seven-day festival, a partnership between Cincinnati CityBeat, a Euclid Media Group newspaper, and The Ohio Beef Council.

Eating 52 burgers is not necessarily advisable and far from the norm, but Frank said people really get into trying gourmet burgers created by local chefs. 

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“Restaurants go through thousands and thousands of pounds of beef during these weeks,” he said. “Burgers are very popular right now and a lot of people take pride in the creation of burgers.”

🍔CINCINNATI BURGER WEEK

Slated this year July 16 to 22, Cincinnati Burger Week launched in 2015. 

More than 50,000 burgers were sold during the last burger week in Cincinnati. 

Everything from shrimp to peanut butter has been used to create burgers for Cincinnati’s burger week. 

MORE INFO: Website

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🍔DAYTON BURGER WEEK

Frank expects about 25 Dayton-area restaurants to participate including Mudlick Tap HouseBrixx Ice Co.The Pub – Beavercreek and Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers

Participating restaurants will sell gourmet burgers for $5 each.

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Diners will be given Dayton Burger Week passports to get stamped at participating restaurants. 

Those with at least three stamps will be eligible for a grand prize drawing that includes gifts cards and an ultimate grill out. 

Frank said he plans to partner with a charity for the week to raise awareness. 

“Keep in mind there are people who are not getting the nutrition to get them through the day,” he said. 

Euclid Media Group will also hold new burger weeks this year in Cleveland, St. Louis and Detroit.   

>> The ultimate guide to the best burgers in Dayton

Frank said the week helps restaurants and Ohio farmers and often introduces customers to new eateries. 

“They end up coming back,” he said. “Restaurants get new customers.” 

WANT TO GO?

What: Dayton Burger Week

When: Aug. 6-12

Where: Various locations

How much: Burgers will cost $5 each. Extras items like French fries will be sold at an additional cost. 

Connect: Daytonburgerweek.com | FacebookInstagram 

New York’s famous Shake Shack burger restaurant coming to cities near us 

Prepare to experience one of New York’s favorite burgers just a short drive from Dayton. 

The Cleveland Plain Dealer just reported that Shake Shack will open its first Ohio location near Cleveland Thursday. 

Even better than that, the Columbus Dispatch reported yesterday that the chain plans to open a 3,500-square-foot restaurant a hop, skip and a jump away from here at Easton Town Center in Columbus early next year. 

>> The ultimate guide to the best burgers in Dayton

The restaurant that got its start in 2001 as a hot dog cart in New York’s Madison Square Park has grown to have more than 160 locations worldwide, including stores in Russia, Turkey, Oman, Japan and Qatar. 

Billed as “a modern day ‘roadside’ burger stand,” Shake Shack has locations in 22 states and the District of Columbia.

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Its fans praise it for its burgers, shakes, hot dogs, craft beer, frozen custard and crinkle-cut french fries. 

The Cleveland-area Shake Shack will be located at 311 Park Avenue in Orange Village. 

According to the Dispatch article, an exact location for the restaurant set to open at Easton has not been announced.

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Owners of 30-year-old Kettering restaurant vow to come back following destructive fire

The owners of a Kettering restaurant that has been open for 30 years say they will be back following a fire that caused significant damage. 

Bao Thoi and Thauh  Do “T.D.” Tran say they hope to reopen Little Saigon Restaurant, 1718 Woodman Drive in Kettering, by July 25. 

The uncle and niece say the Vietnamese restaurant has been closed since a kitchen fire damaged the stove, hood,  gas system and other equipment between Thursday, May  24 and Friday, May 25. 

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Tran, who runs the business for her mother Nga Tran, said she appreciates Little Saigon’s loyal customers. 

“The customers keep coming back and coming back,” she said “We love that place.” 

Tran runs the family restaurant for her mother, Nga Tran. Her husband also works there. 

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Thoi said the restaurant is very important to him. He has been an owner seven years.   

“This is almost like home,” Thoi said. “I work from 8 a.m. to 9 at night. I eat here. The only thing we don’t do is sleep here.” 

Thoi and T.D. Tran suspect the fire started on the stove between closing on that Thursday and when Thoi arrived that Friday morning. 

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It was extinguished by the restaurant’s fire suppression system.

 “When I came, the fire was gone,” Thoi said. “There still was a little bit smoking, but the fire died.”

Thoi, the restaurant’s main chef,  said he has had to throw out thousands of dollars of supplies. 

He is disappointed the restaurant is closed, but said he was taking it as part of life. 

“We don’t want it, but it happened,” he said. “In life, sometimes it happens.”  

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Beloved food truck to host grand opening of new restaurant, beer garden at local mall this weekend

The Dayton Mall’s newest restaurant is serving up a menu featuring Dayton beer, apple cranberry chicken wraps and a killer meat and cheese board with truffle goat cheese. 

>> EARLIER: Beer and wine garden gears up to open inside the Dayton Mall

Andrew Payne, the owner of Hunger Paynes food truck, launched the Hunger Paynes Beer and Wine Garden Tuesday in the lower level of the mall near Macy’s. 

“We are trying to elevate the mall’s food, so to speak,” Payne said. 

The new restaurant will celebrate its grand opening from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 9, he said. 

There will be corn hole and other games, giveaways collectively valued at $10,000 and live music. 

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The eatery employs four and will initially be open noon until 9 weekdays and until 10 p.m. on Saturday. 

It will serve about two or three varieties of Hunger Paynes’ signature croquettes daily and have a dozen Dayton area beers on tap daily as a tribute to local breweries.

“(It is to) get people to know about all the great beer in Dayton,” Payne said.   

There will be a selection of domestic beers and about a dozen wines available, half produced locally. 

The menu will include an assortment of gourmet pretzels bites, wraps and salads and other health food options.

Payne launched his food truck in  2013. Before that, he worked in several bricks-and-mortar restaurants and country club kitchens prior to launching his mobile unit.

Payne also owns the  American Croquette Company. 

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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. 

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

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 www.myrustybucket.com or call the Dayton-area restaurant at 937.436.2426.

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

Sometimes the wait is worth it. 

That is definitely true when it comes to the made-to-order food prepared at La Colombiana Restaurante, 2495 Commons Boulevard in Beavercreek.

The food the family-owned eatery serves comes out hot and full of flavor. 

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Staffers at the restaurant opened in 2014 were friendly and helpful in navigating a menu filled with traditional and approachable Colombian food. 

Started by Martin and Ana Maria Rivera, La Colombiana is festively decorated, but not over-the-top. 

It is located near the Mall of Fairfield Commons and has about 40 seats.

It offers healthy-size meal portions for lunch and dinner and has both gluten-free and vegan options. 

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I started by ordering a beef empanada with a hot con aji (a milder sauce is also available) because I can’t pass on the chance to eat fresh empanadas. 

Glad I didn’t. 

The golden corn turnovers were a potato and shredded beef delight. There are also chicken and vegetable empanadas. 

An appetizer serving of four is $5.99. A single empanada is $1.50 each.

RELATED: Colombian-themed restaurant coming to Beavercreek (Dec. 26, 2013) 

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 After much pondering, I settled for marinated and tender pork skewers for lunch. 

The delicious dish was served with an arepita bread, perfectly seasoned fried potatoes and a surprising pineapple gratin for $7.99. 

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The menu includes an impressive list of Colombian dishes like the traditional peasant platter ($15.99): beef, pork belly, sausage, egg, pinto beans, white rice, plantains, arepita and a salad. 

 

You’ll also find Arroz con Pollo (a shredded chicken and rice meal), picada and arepas.  

Bunuelos ( fried cheese doughballs) are sold on Saturdays and Sunday for $2 each. 

WHAT TO GO? 

What: La Colombiana Restaurante

Where: 2495 Commons Blvd., Beavercreek.

Connect: (937) 306-8096| lacolombiana.usFacebook

Hours: Sunday: 3 p.m. to  6 p.m.; 3 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday  to Thursday; 3 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and  Saturday. 

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