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Where to get a free pretzel on National Pretzel Day

What better way to celebrate National Pretzel Day than with a free soft pretzel? 

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Two local bakeries are dishing out the sweet and salty treats for no cost today only.

>> Meet Emma Smales, fifth-generation owner of Smales Pretzel Bakery in Dayton

Smales Pretzel Bakery, at 210 Xenia Ave. in Dayton, is giving away a free soft pretzel to every person that comes today. No purchase necessary. 

>> Smales upgraded their bakery with a $35k pretzel machine in 2016, what this means for the business

Smales Pretzels Bakery is a fifth-generation family owned bakery. The business was founded by owner Emma Smales’ German-born great-great grandfather Rudie Schaaf in 1895, and was later refined by his daughter (for whom she is named).

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Great-grandmother Emma was about 28 when she took over the business from her dad -- no small thing for a woman of the time.

“That was kind of a big feat for a woman in the 1920s,” Emma Smales said of her forbearer. “She changed the name and made it what it was.”

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>> New chain pretzel shop coming to The Greene

Philly Pretzels, located at 1063 S. Main St. in Centerville, is also giving out piping hot pretzels at no cost in Centerville today.

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While their pretzels are not free, Auntie Anne’s pretzel shop at the Dayton Mall is offering a special deal for National Pretzel Day today.

>>COMING SOON: Auntie Anne’s to open another location at The Greene

They’ll be donating 100% of their proceeds to Dayton Children’s Hospital. So even though you still have to pay for your pretzel, you can rest assured it’s going to a good cause!


Do you know of another National Pretzel Day deal? Let me know at

Local restaurant’s $100 margarita just might be a bargain. Here’s why.

Want to treat yourself (and perhaps a few of your VERY closest friends) to a rather luxurious Cinco de Mayo splurge? A restaurant at The Greene Town Center has just the thing: a $100 margarita that just might be a bargain. 

We’re not kidding.

“It’s crystal clear that revelers seeking a lavish Cinco de Mayo celebration will find it at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar,” the restaurant chain’s marketing folks said in a release. “The upscale steakhouse is partnering with Tequila Herradura, an ultra-premium 100 percent agave tequila, and Baccarat, the world-renowned fine crystal manufacturer, (to offer) a $100 Prime Margarita from May 4-6.”

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Don’t scoff at the price so quickly. The $100 Margarita is made with Tequila Herradura Selección Suprema and Grand Marnier Centenaire and is garnished with a caramelized lime wheel garnish. The drink is served in Baccarat's Diamant Highball glass, which customers can take home with them in a signature Baccarat red box. 

We did a little checking on the booze used in this particular drink, and on the glass.

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According to the Ohio Division of Liquor Control, the Tequila Herradura Selección Suprema appears to sell for $299 a bottle (yes, a “regular”-sized “fifth,” or 750 milliliters) in Ohio. And the special Centenaire bottling of the orange-infused liqueur Grand Marnier will run you $190 a bottle in a state liquor agency store.

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Here’s how the Fleming’s folks describe the drink:

“Tequila Herradura’s Selección Suprema is the world’s first-ever extra-añejo tequila expression. Aged for 49 months, this smoothly enticing tequila was first introduced by Casa Herradura in 1995. Since its inception it has garnered international awards for its delectable combination of the finest cooked agave, highlighted by notes of rich vanilla and dried fruit — a mélange ideal for pairing with Fleming’s signature dishes.”

>> NEW RESTAURANT: ‘I can’t wait to start giving back to this town that my family and I have grown to love’

And the glass?

“Baccarat has been lauded for centuries as the world’s premiere designer of luxury crystal products. In fact, enjoyed by royalty since 1764, Baccarat is often called the ‘Crystal of the Kings.’ Crafted in iconic Baccarat style, the clear crystal Diamant Highball is accented with silhouettes and pointed diamond cuts that sparkle as they shine. Famed craftsman Thomas Bastide designed this elegant glass to be a lasting testament to taste and sophistication.”

And here’s a kicker: That Baccarat Diamant Highball glass appears to sell for $140 apiece on Baccarat’s web site

And THAT, my friends, is how a $100 margarita becomes a BARGAIN. 

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NEW RESTAURANT: ‘I can’t wait to start giving back to this town that my family and I have grown to love’

A chef and former owner of a Miamisburg-based food truck is gearing up to open her own restaurant in the same city. 

Tanya Straight, who operated The Red Wagon Cafe food truck with her family, will open The Canal House Eatery on May 11 at 103 S. Second St. in Miamisburg.

>> The best Mother’s Day brunches in Dayton

“I chose to open at this location because of my love for this town, its residents and business owners,” Straight told this news outlet. “It is truly a wonderful community to live in, and I have been looking for a location here for quite some time.

“We are very excited to become part of the wonderful downtown businesses here in Miamisburg, and I can’t wait to start giving back to this town that my family and I have grown to love.”

>> TODAY: Pizza Hut to expand Dayton-area footprint with 2 new locations

A ribbon-cutting and grand opening are scheduled for 10 a.m. May 11, Straight said. She will operate the restaurant with the help of her family and between two and five employees, the restaurant owner said. 

Canal House Eatery’s menu will include Specialty Wraps, Paninis, Sandwiches, Soups, Salads, Side Dishes, Desserts and fresh bakery items, Straight said. 

>> LaRosa’s to close Butler County location — before new restaurant opens nearby

The leased space previously housed Palmitas Taco Shop, which shut its doors in December 2017 and is working on transitioning to a food truck, according to its Facebook page.


Straight, who has lived in Miamisburg for 12 years and has three children in the Miamisburg school district, operated The Red Wagon Cafe for six years before selling it last year to pursue other interests.

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“The opportunity to open The Canal House unexpectedly presented itself” via family members who told her about the former Palmitas space, Straight said. “ The option seemed to good to pass up, so my family and I decided to give it a shot.” 

Plans call for Canal House Eatery to be open Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.. and for Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

New business brewing in downtown Fairborn starting TODAY

Downtown Fairborn just got a new brew spot — and we’re not talking beer.

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Grind House Coffee and Tea Company’s official grand opening in Fairborn is happening today.

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Additional Grind House retail coffee shops are in the works in local Meijer stores after the opening of the Huber Heights location, owner Bill Miller. The Grind House founder said he also is looking to open free-standing stores as the brand expands through the Dayton-Cincinnati region.

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Grind House Coffee and Tea Company was started in 2015 as an online retailer.

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The Grind House Coffee and Tea Company imports beans from all over the world, including coffee and tea farms in Kenya, Southeast Asia and South America.

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Want to go?

WHAT: Grind House Coffee and Tea Company

WHERE: 313 W. Main St., Fairborn

INFO: Call (937) 260-8153 | Facebook

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

A Dayton restaurant that has been serving up very, very late-night grub for decades is dramatically cutting back its hours of operation.Tank's Bar and Grill, the much-loved tavern at 2033 Wayne Ave., announced the changes in a Facebook post. 

“To all our most valued customers. To continue to give the most phenomenal experience, Tanks will be adjusting our hours. Due to decrease in late night business and finding quality staff, our new hours starting Monday April 23 will be as follows: kitchen hours- Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thurs are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday our kitchen (will be open) 7 a.m. to 1 a.m.Bar will be open till 11 on Sun-Thur. And until 2 on Friday and Saturday. Please note all carryouts must be phoned in 30 minutes before kitchen closing.You may of course order food up until closing time of kitchen to enjoy in dining room. We will have been in Dayton 31 years In May and want to continue to serve Dayton and our Great customers! You are the reason for our work, not the interruption!”

The restaurant — which serves dinner, lunch and all-day breakfast — has been open 7 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. daily for many years. 

This is the second time the restaurant has cut its hours in recent months. 

>> Tank’s Bar & Grill has new late-night hours

In October, Tank’s announced it would close at 1 a.m., and its kitchen would close at midnight on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Its hours Wednesday through Saturday remained the same, with the bar closing at 2:30 a.m. and the kitchen at 2 a.m.


As noted above, the new kitchen hours are:

Sunday through Thursday  — 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (the bar will close at 11 p.m.)

Friday and Saturday — 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday (the bar will close at 2 a.m.)

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Known for its burgers, omelettes, grilled cheese sandwiches and “Road Kill” Chili, Tank’s grabbed first place in the 2017 Best of Dayton reader poll. 

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Since it opened in 1987 in the former home of Walnut Hills Bar, Tank’s has become an iconic Dayton institution.

A message was left for Debra Tankersley, Tank’s owner and the widow of Tank’s founder Dan “Tank” Tankersley, seeking additional comments. 

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Many of the restaurant’s customers did not take the news well, as it was posted by the restaurant on Facebook.

While there were many positive responses to the restaurant’s Facebook post, a few customers said they would no longer return to the restaurant or feared that dark days are ahead for the restaurant. 

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In exchanges with customers on the Facebook page, the restaurant said the hour changes should not be taken as a bad sign. 

“I can assure you Tanks is NOT closing ever. We simply have to adjust to what makes us better. Trying to find quality staff to work late at night when we do not have the business to support it is not fair to them,” the restaurant’s Facebook administrator responded to one Facebook comment. >> Your ultimate guide to the best burgers in Dayton


A Dayton sandwich so good you’ll say: ‘Pork Lord, have mercy’

A Dayton restaurant has three little piggies you are going to want battling the wolf in your belly. 

Fifth Street Brewpub, 1600 E. Fifth St. in Dayton’s St. Anne’s Hill neighborhood, might be best known for its beer. But the kitchen brews up some delicious grub, too.

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One particular sandwich stands out from the rest for a very piggy reason. 

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It is called the Pork Lord, and it had me at the words “pork” and “lord.” 

The sandwich is full of porky goodness, as you can imagine. But it will not leave you feeling like a pig. 

The $10 dish is a well-portioned combination of thin-ish sliced pork, bacon horseradish aioli and seasoned in-house pork rinds (called Crack–A–Lackin’s on the menu) on the side. 

Besides the ham and bacon, the anything but simple sandwich includes lettuce, tomato, onion, a fried egg and ghost pepper jack cheese on a telera roll. 

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Don’t let the ghost pepper scare you off. 

The sandwich has just the right amount of heat for those of us who love a little kick with supper. 

The egg was cooked to perfection with plenty of delicious runny yolk to sop up. 

The yolk flowed like lava when I cut into my Pork Lord. 

The sandwich is cheesy, bacon-ey, eggy and spicy goodness. 

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The Pork Lord was added to Fifth Street’s menu in February. 

Tanya Brock, Fifth Street’s manager, said the Pork Lord has become a customer favorite and will remain on the menu for a while going forward. 

An order of thick and crunchy Crack-A-Lackin’s are $6 as an appetizer if you don’t want to go all hog wild. 


What: The Pork Lord: lettuce, tomato, onion,  ham, fried egg, ghost pepper jack cheese, bacon horseradish aioli on a telera roll. The sandwich is served with Crack-A-Lackins, the brewpub’s house-made pork rinds. 

Where: Fifth Street Brewpub, 1600 E. Fifth St. in Dayton’s St. Anne’s Hill neighborhood

Hours: 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 11 a.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays. 

Connect:  Facebook Website | Phone: (937) 443-0919

Cost: $10 

The wait is over! Cafe is now open at new downtown Dayton library 

This is news library guests won’t want to be quiet about.

The wait is over for those who want baked goods and a cup of coffee with their books. 

Table 33 has started serving food in its new location inside the Dayton Metro Library’s downtown branch at 215 E. Third St.

The restaurant’s soft opening started this week. 

For now, Chuck Duritsch, the library’s external relations manager, said the restaurant will be open 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

>>RELATED: Downtown restaurant preparing to open cafe at new Dayton library (Sept. 14, 2017)

“Right now they are offering their delicious coffee, some drinks, some baked goods, some juices,” he said. “They are going to add to the menu. There are going to be boxed lunches available.  It will be a couple of weeks before their hours expand.”

Duritsch said the restaurant is also exploring the idea of a delivery service that would allow patrons to use an app to order food and/or pick up food from delivery spots designated within the library. 

Table 33 may also offer catering down the road.

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“They want to be responsive to what the patrons are going to be ordering,” he said. “You have to know your audience. That’s why they are doing this slow rollout.” 

Dayton’s $64 million, state-of-the-art main branch library opened in August. 

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The main Table 33 restaurant is located at 130 W. Second St. and opened in 2016. 

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.

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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.

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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. 

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 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.

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JUST IN: New snack shop coming to The Greene, but it’s no stranger to Dayton area

A new snack shop that is no stranger to the Dayton area is coming to The Greene Town Center in Beavercreek, perhaps as early as this summer, a spokeswoman for The Greene said this afternoon.

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

Auntie Anne’s, an international pretzel-shop chain that operates a location in the Dayton Mall, has signed a lease and will move into the former Teavana space at 4450 Glengarry Drive on the development’s town square, the spokeswoman said. 

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

The Dayton Mall Auntie Anne’s location opened in 2005, and plans to remain open, a manager of the store said today, April 16. 

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Starbucks, which owns and operates the Teavana brand, is in the process of closing all 379 locations across the U.S., and shut down its store at The Greene about six weeks ago. 

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Auntie Anne’s was founded in Pennsylvania in 1988 and now operates more than 1,700 locations in 48 states and more than 25 countries.

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