City Barbeque Kettering
2001 E. Dorothy Lane
Kettering, OH 45420
2001 E. Dorothy Lane
Kettering, OH 45420
There’s a new spot for subs, sports and spirits in Kettering. After much anticipation The Submarine House opens today in the old Family Video Store space on Dorothy Lane. Open daily from 10am- the kitchen is open til midnight every night. Best known for their famous Cheese steak, they’ve expanded the menu to include tacos, pizza, salads and more. Join their mailing list to get their weekly specials
930 E Dorothy Ln.
Kettering, OH 45419
10am – 1am daily
kitchen closes at midnight
The Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority (RTA) is paying special tribute to the communities in Montgomery County it proudly serves with its “Proudly Serving” project, showcasing points of interest in various cities where its buses travel. The project officially kicks-off today, Oct. 11, with the debut of RTA’s first two buses: Kettering and Trotwood.
This project is the culmination of a vision RTA CEO Bob Ruzinsky had more than a year ago to honor the communities the agency serves, and how its buses can connect people to these places.
“Too often in our busy lives we overlook the great places all around us in the communities we each call home,” Ruzinsky said. “These buses will highlight some of the great places in these diverse communities, and, we hope, foster increased community pride throughout Montgomery County.”
Each bus design was carefully crafted to emphasize points of interest in a specific community where the RTA takes riders. To capture these locations, RTA worked with a professional photographer to collect high-resolution photos of about 130 public locations around Montgomery County. The creativity doesn’t stop there, as the buses also feature a fun fact, estimated population, and the year the city or township was founded.
City leaders from Kettering and Trotwood were honored to be the first communities represented in the “Proudly Serving” project.
Trotwood has an interesting fact of its own: it is the only city in the United States named “Trotwood.” It was named after “Betsy Trotwood,” a character from Charles Dickens’ “David Copperfield.” That fun fact is featured on the side of the city’s striking blue bus, along with pictures of the Trotwood Government Building, Trotwood-Madison High School, Trotwood Track and Field, Community and Cultural Arts Center, Iams Homestead Museum, and the Trotwood-Madison Park Playground.
“It feels good to be included. I realize we are the first of two (RTA is) starting out with, and it’s good to be first,” said Yvette Page, council member for Trotwood’s 2nd ward. “Most important is the vision of RTA and the collaboration of the RTA and the city of Trotwood, and that we are both here to serve the community.”
“Greater Dayton RTA kept this under wraps (pun intended) for over a year to surprise all of us with a unique way to honor the communities they serve,” stated City Manager Mark Schwieterman. “The truth is, this gesture reminds us of the terrific services RTA offers communities. We are humbled by the planning, coordination, and research that went into this project specific to each community. Residents will recognize things about their hometown on the buses and perhaps learn something new as well. Our sentiment is ‘Kettering is home,’ and this RTA initiative certainly enhances that feeling.”
RTA’s Kettering bus features colors associated with the city in addition to well-known places such as: Kettering Recreation Complex, Fraze Pavilion, Kettering Government Center, Polen Farm and Wenzler Park. There’s also a special nod to Bart Simpson on the side of the bus, connecting to Kettering’s fun fact that Nancy Cartwright, a Kettering native, is the voice of the character on “The Simpsons.”
In total, there will be 22 buses highlighting the different communities served by RTA’s traditional big bus service. The agency intends to roll-out at least one bus a month over the next year. This is just one of the many ways RTA is proudly serving the communities of Montgomery County.
For more information on the RTA and how it connects you to the communities of Montgomery County, visit www.iriderta.org.
After a dry summer in 2020 due to the pandemic, Kettering’s 3-acre outdoor aquatic facility has announced it will open this summer. The 2021 Adventure Reef Water Park season starts with the park’s Memorial Day weekend kickoff which runs May 29-31. The regular season hours at the park start June 4. Hours will be limited to just noon to 5 pm daily, thought hours may expand later in the season, depending on ability to hire staff.
The water park features the highest and fastest slides in Montgomery County. Additionally, a splash pad, large water playground and plenty of deck seating and chairs greet water park guests.
Admission for Kettering residents is $5 for adults , $4 for 3-17 years olds and $1 for toddlers 2 and younger. Non-residents pay $10 for adults, $8 for youth. Season passes for residents range are $55 for youth, $65 for adults and a family pass runs $195. Non-resident passes run $85 for youth, $100 for adults and $295 for a family pass. Purchase by June 6th for a 10% discount.
Pass holders enjoy special benefits at Adventure Reef including early entry, exclusive use of the park on Sundays. Pass holders also receive food and drink specials at the concession stand. The water park is located at 2900 Glengarry Dr, in Kettering.
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Whether you are an active runner, a walker, or in a wheelchair – you are very welcome to join on this year’s Run, Stroll & Roll 5k on August 3, 2019. This special 5k event benefits We Care Arts, a local nonprofit that believes in the healing power of creating and producing art that transforms physical, developmental and mental challenges into a future rich with possibilities!
This 5k is fully accessible and intended for all levels of physical ability. All participants will receive a hand-crafted, one of a kind medal, created by one of the client artists, and an exceptional “swag bag” filled with goodies by event sponsors. Each 5k participant bag also includes a voucher for one free admission to the Arts & Drafts Festival event held later that same day. Top male and female in the 5K receive a hand-painted mug!
The 5k starts at 8am, with participant registration beginning at 7am. Race Day sign up will be available at the registration tent on the Kettering Rec Center parking lot side of Indian Riffle Park, 2900 Glengarry Drive in Kettering. Sign up for the race here:
How To Go?
August 3, 2019. Check-in at 7am, RUN, STROLL and ROLL begins at 8:00 am! Registration and parking on the Kettering Recreation Complex side, 2900 Glengarry Drive, Kettering, Ohio
June 1 through July 26, 2019
$30 (shirt included, save $5 and select no shirt)
July 27 through race day
$35 (shirt not be guaranteed)
$15 Fun Run, Stroll, and Roll
Sign up or get more info here: https://5kwecarearts.itsyourrace.com
Each participant will receive a hand-crafted ceramic medal created by the clients at We Care Arts and a free entry to We Care Arts ARTS and DRAFTS celebration that evening. Below are two examples of the unique medals participants will receive.
Calling all art lovers! The local nonprofit, We Care Arts, is hosting it’s first ever gallery show White Knight this Friday June 14th from 6-8pm at their Berkeley Center studio location at 3035 Wilmington Pike in Kettering. Kick off the weekend with exclusive art pieces, online bidding, a gallery shop and more! Not only are you getting original and unique art, you are supporting an impactful area nonprofit. All proceeds will empower artists to achieve their goals.
We Care Arts believes in the healing power of creating and producing art that transforms physical, developmental and mental health challenges into a future rich with possibilities. Since 1983, We Care Arts has been providing a caring and safe space for artists to engage in artistic exploration as they work through life’s challenges.
This debut dual exhibition show and reception will feature two Dayton-based artists, Teresa White and Mitchell Knight, from We Care Arts. Teresa White is a sculptor from Dayton, OH. She enjoys creating whimsical animal shapes, drawing inspiration from colors and forms in nature. She finds happiness in the process of developing each piece and sharing her art with others. Mitchell Knight is a painter from Dayton, OH. He graduated from Chaminade Julienne High School. Mitchell enjoys art because it allows him to focus on what he is creating and enjoy that moment. Mitchell specializes in abstract paintings on canvas, and is inspired by the lines and shapes found in art by Paul Klee.
Both artists attend programming at We Care Arts where they have developed collections. Teresa’s unique ceramic pieces have become quite popular at the studio. Mitchell creates modern acrylic paintings that have been quite popular among buyers. Mitchell also currently has a piece on display in the VSA Ohio’s Accessible Expressions Ohio statewide exhibition for 2019.
How To Go?
Friday June 14th from 6-8pm
We Care Arts is located at 3035 Wilmington Pike in Kettering, OH just south of Dorothy Lane and across from Eudora Brewery.
Parking is available in the back of the studio.
This is a free event, open to the public!
Can’t make the gallery? View/Shop the collection online – https://one.bidpal.net/wecareshow/welcome
If you would like to see more about We Care Arts, please visit them online at wecarearts.org and follow on social media.
For gallery information, you may contact Rebekah Orr at Rorr@wecarearts.org or by phone at 937 252 3937.
Rosewood Arts Centre’s premier annual event, Art on the Commons, is almost here! We’re celebrating a major milestone this time around -this fine arts and crafts festival has been going strong for 30 years! The festival features over 100 artists in a variety of media. All the artwork is juried to make sure the quality is top notch. Perusing the booths is a great way to spend a Sunday. Here are some of the many fun things to check out at the event, affectionately known around here as AOTC!
1. All the art
So, 100 artists. As always, it’s a great mix of new folks and returning favorites. This year’s categories are ceramics, digital art, fiber/leather, glass, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture, works on paper and wood.
We mentioned jurying – wondering what that means? Our three jurors, Eve Fleck, Director of Marketing and Communications for the Springfield Museum of Art; Marta Hewett, the owner of Marta Hewett Gallery in Cincinnati; and Kettering Arts Council member Alex Ignatiou, reviewed all the AOTC submissions and ranked each artist based on design, originality, presentation, audience appeal and eligibility. Come see (and buy) the artwork that stood out from the crowd.
2. The setting
You might have noticed that we’re all about Kettering’s parks. And why wouldn’t we be? Lincoln Park is home to beautiful flowers, Kettering’s iconic fountains, lots of public art, and it features plenty of green spaces, shade trees and benches for resting your feet. Come enjoy the park while it’s bustling with people and full of even more great artwork.
This year, our photogenic festival will feature an Instagram scavenger hunt – those who complete the hunt will be entered into a prize drawing!
3. Live music
Festival goers loved the WYSO Excursions Stage with Niki Dakota last summer, and Niki will be be back again this year! Bringing listeners eclectic sounds from around the world and from closer to home, WYSO especially loves to champion local artists and music that embodies the diversity of the Miami Valley. Rosewood Arts Centre and WYSO are delighted to showcase the uniqueness of Art on the Commons and of our local music heroes.
Here’s the full live music schedule!
11:00 – 12:00, Zane Gerlach
12:30 – 1:30, The Pullouts
2:00 – 3:00, The Lovers
3:30 – 5:00, Daniel Dye & The Miller Road Band
4. Food trucks
The region is home to some pretty fabulous food trucks. A tasty selection will be at AOTC, so come hungry. Grab a taste of the cooling treats of Sweet P’s Handcrafted Ice Pops; the chef-prepared cuisine of Harvest Mobile; wood-fired Bella Sorella Pizza; delicious South American favorites from El Meson and tasty Tibbs Italian Ice.
The Fraze Pavilion’s Ernie’s Concessions will also be open for business with festival favorites like hot dogs, nachos and pretzels.
5. Family fun
Rosewood Arts Centre presents Interactive Artmaking Activities, Kaleidoscope and the Rosewood Artist Booth! Families with littles are more than welcome at AOTC. There’s even a selection of free activities just for you! Kids are welcome to make finger puppets, beaded jewelry and a community painting. The Kaleidoscope Art and Nature on Wheels program will roll in to share a fun art and nature activity! The talented Rosewood faculty will also be on hand to show off their skills at fiber arts, jewelry making, painting and drawing.
This article, written by Sara Thomas originally appeared on the city of Kettering website.
Art on the Commons is Sunday, August 12, 11 am until 5 pm at Kettering’s Lincoln Park Civic Commons.
Art on the Commons features fine arts and crafts by over 100 talented artists from throughout the United States. Artwork for display and sale includes ceramics, digital art, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal and stone, mixed media, painting, photography, wood and works on paper creations.
Admission is free and open to the public!Live entertainment and plenty of interactive art activities are scheduled throughout the day.
The feature monthly recipe from the Food Adventure Crew is one of the Big Ragu’s creations. It is a fun, delicious meal, that is sure to impress your friends.
Today we highlight a healthy fish dinner and even offer up some side ideas that mimic the local steakhouses. The best part, this is a fairly easy recipe. Make yourself look like a champ with little effort.
Do you love seafood? The Big Ragu sure does, and works with it constantly. One of the most important challenges in Dayton is getting your hand on the good stuff. That is the FRESH good stuff. Let us recommend Foremost Seafood in Kettering for the absolute freshest and most diverse choices in town.
That being said, lets dive into this MUST EAT dinner !
HERE IS THE SKINNY on BAKED SWORDFISH with RASPBERRY SAUCE:
BAKED SWORDFISH with RASPBERRY SAUCE (feed 6 people)
6 Swordfish filets , 8oz each
Butter, salted, 6 square pad slices
Lemon juice, 6 Tbsp
Paprika, 2 tsp
Garlic powder, 2 tsp
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Worcestershire Sauce (splash)
2 Tbsp white wine vinegar
½ cup fresh raspberries
2 tablespoons of honey
Looking for some sides to accompany the fish? How about these two recipes, Sweet Stewed Tomatoes and Garlic Buttery Steamed Green Beans
SWEET STEWED TOMATOES:
1 28-ounce can whole tomatoes, including juice
1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
1/2 sweet Vidalia onion (diced)
16 toasted bread cubes
1 ¼ sticks of butter
1 cup sugar
½ cup Brown Sugar
GARLIC BUTTERY STEAMED GREEN BEANS:
1 1/4 pound fresh green beans (trimmed)
2/3 stick butter
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Enjoy the other photos from our recipe below.
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April 19th promises to be one of the tastiest days in Dayton.
***Now you can win a free ticket to attend****
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Today the chefs at Archer’s in Kettering have confirmed a final menu for the CORKS and FORKS Dinner event.
This is a 4 course Food Adventure complete with wine pairings
Here is the lineup just announced !!!!
WINE FLIGHT 1:
J. PINOT GRIS
FOOD COURSE 1:
BANGING SHRIMP and SPINACH DIP
(Made with 3 cheeses)
WINE FLIGHT 2:
FOOD COURSE 2:
GRILLED ROMAINE HEART CAESAR SALAD
(Served with shaved Parmesan and grape tomatoes. We may showcase Archer’s “Cardinal” dressing.)
WINE FLIGHT 3: BORNE OF FIRE CABERNET
FOOD COURSE 3:
(Served with a wild mushroom red wine sauce, on a bed of mashed potatoes.
Possible Salmon option for those who do not like steak)
WINE FLIGHT 4: RISATA MOSCATO D’ASTI
FOOD COURSE 4:
APPLE CRUNCH CAKE
(Apple Pie topped with brown sugar, yellow cake, and mixed nuts.
Key Lime pie option for those with nut allergy)
GET TICKETS NOW – Seated is limited to the first 40 tickets sold.
HERE IS THE SKINNY ON THE EVENT:
—“CORKS and FORKS”
4 COURSES, 4 WINE PAIRINGS Just $40
(Menu subject to change)
—THURSDAY APRIL 19th, 6:30pm
—ARCHERS KETTERING, 2030 E. Dorothy Ln, Kettering
TICKETS MAY BE PURCHASED ONLINE BY CLICKING HERE…
Again, seating is limited and once seats are gone, they are GONE !
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WINNER CHOSEN MONDAY AT RANDOM.
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The Red Shoe Society Dayton and the Jr. Red Shoe Society invites sons and their mothers, grandmothers, and friends to share an evening of dancing and games, to support Ronald McDonald House Charities of Dayton. The Boys Night Out with Mom is a memory-making event that is both fun and teaches our young men the importance of giving back to help others.
Festivities include: Dinner & Dancing, Raffles, Sports, Games & Prizes, Sweets & Treats, and Photo Station! If you’re interested in attending, don’t delay, register today!
Proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Dayton and its mission to provide a “home-away-from-home” to families of critically ill or injured, hospitalized babies and children. Can’t attend but want to help? Share this event and Subscribe to their mailing list for future Red Shoe events.
By Lisa Grigsby
Boiled and Baked! That’s the secret to a great bagel and owners of this local franchise, Eric & Jen Fester and their partner Cody Klueter are excited to bring a bagel shop to Kettering. Cody had worked at a Barry Bagels in Toledo and when they announced they would begin franchising he was first in line. This store is the 11th Barry’s and if all goes well they’ll consider opening more in the area.
Located at 4313 Far Hills Ave, nestled amongst the row of quick serves like Chipotle, Prada, Pizza Fire and Firehouse Subs, Barry Bagels will be serving up bagels, sandwiches, soups and salads seven days a week. Bagels are cooked fresh daily, from dough shipped in from Barry’s plant in Michigan. Bagels are boiled for about a minute, seasoned and baked in front of a window, allowing customers to observe the process. The goal is to never run out of any flavor of bagel from open to close.
Bagel flavors: Onion • Garlic • Everything • Poppy • Salt • Plain • Raisin Blueberry • Pumpernickel • Honey Wheat • Spinach Feta Sunny Grain • Sesame • Asiago • Cheddar Jalapeño Vanilla Cinnamon • Chocolate Chip
Cream cheeses that are whipped fresh daily will include: Lite Scallion, Cinnamon Swirl, Lite Vegetable Ranch, Honey Brown Sugar, Lite Southwest Jalapeño, and Strawberry.
Their Eggels, think breakfast sandwich, will be available all day long, and with the large menu of meats and veggies, it will be easy to eat their on a regular basis and not get bored. Also on the menu David’s cookies, and Biggby Coffee, in several flavors for just $1.99. Joe To Go (10-12 cups) is available for $19.99, but they recommend calling ahead to place that order. A catering menu including bagel, deli, sandwich or cookie trays as well as box lunches is available and delivery and online ordering will be added later this summer or early fall.
General Manager, Jonathan Hague shared the teams goal “to be not just a bagel shop, but a valued member of the community.” Most of the management team like in Oakwood or Kettering and spend a lot of time at school sports and volunteering in the community.
In asking co-owner about what she envision for the business she was quick to say, “freshness made daily that tastes great in a friendly atmosphere that feels like everyone knows each other.” Hague quickly tags it as “Cheers-like, where everyone knows your name.”
Welcome to the neighborhood!
Barry Bagels Kettering
SAT 6:30am-5pm & SUN 8am-3pm
Dayton Most Metro has EXCLUSIVE scoop on a free concert coming to the 2017 Garlic Fest Saturday evening, July 22nd.
A Prince Tribute band out of Chicago and Columbus, called “Prince Night” will perform hits from “Cream” to “Little Red Corvette,” and everything in between. There may even be a Sheila E. and Appolonia song or two.
Get ready to party like it’s “1999,” because the concert will go off “Purple Rain” or shine…
The band is set to hit the stage Saturday Night July 22nd at 7:30pm.
The concert is FREE and will take place at the
Sons of Italy Bella Villa Hall
on 2625 County Line Rd,
Beavercreek, OH 45430.
Many of you may know this site from September’s Italian Fall Festa, Dayton’s annual Italian Festival.
Folding chairs are welcome.
FYI no pets are allowed on premises due to insurance reasons.
Come out to the Garlic Festival for an unforgettable night of Food, Adult Drinks, Music, and more.
The Bocce Classic will also be underway, so you can watch one of the biggest Bocce Tournaments in the nation kick off.
Garlic Fest is part of a huge weekend at the Sons of Italy lodge. Here is a breakdown of the weekend’s festivities.
FRIDAY JULY 21st – 5pm-10pm
SONS OF ITALY FOOD TRUCK RALLY
-Food Truck Rally with 15 Trucks
-Beer Trucks & Wine
-Free Acoustic Band
-Beginner Bocce Ball Tournament called the “Bocce Bash” This is for charity and some local celebs will be on hand.
We need teams! Sign up here, but you must be a complete bocce beginner !
-10pm-11pm Food and Beer Vendors shut down
SATURDAY JULY 22nd – 11am-10pm
GARLIC FEST & PRINCE TRIBUTE CONCERT
-15 Local Restaurants & Food Vendors
-Beer Trucks & Wine
-Free Cooking Demos inside the Bella Villa Hall noon, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm
-1pm-4pm Live Band “Blue Caboose”
-5pm Garlic Eating Contest
-6pm Bocce Classic Tournament Kickoff
-7:30pm Prince Tribute Band “Prince Night”
-10pm-11pm Food and Beer Vendors shut down
SUNDAY JULY 23rd 9am – ?
BOCCE CLASSIC BOCCE BALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
–Enter a team in the tournament click here
So “Let’s Go Crazy” on July 22nd when “doves are sure to cry..” Just “Take Me with U” and wear your “Rasberry Beret.”
It’s GARLIC FEST 2017, and we want your extra time and your …. “Kiss.”
By Brian Petro
Heated discussions have occurred among friends about what constitutes a dive bar. The issues of size, food served, the motivation for going, and even spirit selection has been part of the debate. One thing that came out over time was the bar’s location. It had to be part of a neighborhood or some other small community. That could make it a biker bar, a Bengals bar, or a bar that most of Belmont are seen in after the end of a shift. Certain areas of town just do not lend themselves well to having a dive bar. They are too busy. In the center of it all. A place to go for the whole city to party, not just the people who live in that area. Some bars, like the Time Out Cavern, require a little extra effort to go there. There is one that, if you are not paying attention, you will miss as you head down Wilmington Pike. And King’s Point Pub is not a place you want to miss.
King’s Point Pub (4660 Wilmington Pike, Kettering, OH 45440) is a well-hidden prize located in the nearly empty Wilmington Height’s Shopping Center. Unless you know it is back there, it may be difficult for you to find. Based on the times that we have been there, plenty of people are finding their way back to this incredible space. The patio that greets you is a fair size, with plenty of room to sit outside and enjoy warm summer nights. Possibly with a game of cornhole. Yes, the patio is really that big. If cornhole is not your game, head inside to the roomy interior for plenty of dart boards and a few pool tables. Summer dart leagues are just starting to get tossing and keep an ear out for the cornhole leagues to begin. They currently are playing some Luck of the Draw games on Sundays at 2 PM, where you put your name into the hat and hope you get a good partner. They have been known in the past to hold the cornhole games inside if there was bad weather. Yes, the interior of the bar is really that big. One their neighboring party supply store shut down, they purchased the space and added it to their pub. There are a few pool tables inside for good measure.
They have a healthy respect for the craft beer scene but are not going to deny a person a cold Coors Light if that is what they are after. They have eight taps ready and waiting for thirsty patrons, typically split between old favorites and the new brews in town. It is not a surprise to those in the know when they host a tap takeover by a brewery every now and then. If you prefer your beer out of a bottle or a can, they have a broad selection of those as well. Their liquor selection does not offer any incredibly rare or unusual. It does offer anything you could possibly want to drink while playing any one of a number of games there. While they do not have a cocktail menu to look over, most of the bartenders there have their own specials they offer to patrons. And if you get hungry from all that dart throwing and bean bag tossing, Troni Brothers Pizza is right next store and ready to help! They offer pizza (of course), wings, sandwiches, salads, and desserts. They will even deliver it to their neighbors! That is some service.
One of the many factors that make a dive bar popular is being an integrated part of their community. The people there know who is coming in and when, and what drink to have ready for them when they arrive. They give back to the people who keep their doors open in ways that go beyond just discounts on
drinks or a place to come when difficulties roll in. They support the causes that are important to the patrons. The staff gets to know the patrons, and the patrons get to know each other. King’s Point Pub is no different. They have a board of all the causes they have helped, including the Wounded Warrior Project (it is a bar that very much appreciates the military), being a top fundraiser for Alzheimer’s Awareness, and various other projects around the community. Speaking with patrons and employees alike, everyone is very friendly and helpful, willing to chat with strangers about this little home away from home. They also support national and local bands by hosting them at their venue (did I mention the place is large?), with acts like Mad Hatter and Full Frontal showing up to entertain.
Taking a few steps off the beaten path is worth it. That is where you find all of the most interesting things. King’s Point Pub offers a great atmosphere with delightful pizza and entertainment for everyone in the family. Whether you go to root on THE Ohio State Buckeye or try your luck at corn hole, this is a pub that is well worth the effort to get to know.
Craft beer lovers who can’t get enough, you have another spot to get your growler filled. “The Growler” is now open in the former “Wright Wing” spot on Wilmington Pike. The same building has housed The Buckin’ Donkey Grille. and Monkeez previously. Food Adventures has the scoop on the new place…
This sports dive is mainly bar seating and booths, with a few dining tables inside. Outside there is one hell of a patio. Other attractions include a killer Happy Hour.
Hungry? Thirsty? Step inside…
Hungry Jax, The Big Ragu, and Chef House are here to tell you …
HERE’S THE SKINNY on THE GROWLER:
—Located at 3808 Wilmington Pike in Kettering, The Growler has a full service bar and plenty of TV’s to catch your favorite event.
—From 3pm to 7pm on weekdays, they have 1/2 off all appetizers and craft beers are only $3.50, tall domestic beers are just $2.25 during this happy hour time too.
—Other attractions: Pinball, dart boards, with live trivia on Wednesdays and Karaoke on Thursdays
—Owner’s Gary and Steve Leasure are lifelong Daytonians, suggest you check groupon.com for special deals.
—They have 10 rotating taps and various domestic, craft and import bottled beers too. By May they should be selling their signature “Growlers to go.”
Good drink is usually followed with good eats, so lets get growlin, Food Adventure fans !
MUST EATS at THE GROWLER:
Served on a pizza tin and foil this MOUND of fries is almost a mountain. Roasted and covered with cheese and bacon, this sinful appetizer is over the top. Get some ranch and ketchup for dipping and find your self closing your eyes and finding your zen. We almost did yoga in our plate.
—THE SPICY PULLED PORK PIZZA:
Unique idea of pulled pork pizza, but they kicked it up a notch with heat. This pig pizza is on fire with flavor and just the right amount of kick. Nice innovation, Growler.
—THE SWEET CHILI WINGS:
A Sweet and Spicy saucy sauce, that is sticky and finger licking good.
—THE ORGINAL SUB: A nice 2 piece sub, with Italian style lunch meat. Salami, Pepperoni, Capiccola, Marinara, Mozzarella and Banana Peppers make this sub a popular choice. Served with potato chips it is a filling lunch or dinner.
Nice and hearty, these breaded mushrooms, are a big order and they taste great.
Now for the craft beers…..
They are always listed on BeerMenus.com: Right now their 10 taps are….
1) Yellow Springs Moon Balloon
2) Warped Wing Trotwood Lager
3) Warped Wing 10 ton Stout
4) Great Lakes Chill Wave IPA
5) The Brew Kettle’s Black Rajah
6) Three Floyds Yum Yum
7) Ace Pineapple Cider
8) Blue Moon
9) Bud Light
10) Miller Lite
Beers waiting in the on deck circle to be tapped…. are …..
-Great Lakes Conway’s Irish Ale
-Madtree Passion Fruit Tart Ale
-Warped Wing Hop Smuggler
-Bear Republic Brewing’s Racer 5 IPA
-Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout
-Platform Speedmerchant White IPA
-Jackie O’s Mystic Mama
**** SPECIAL SCOOP !! **** THE GROWLER’S ST PATTY PARTY CLICK HERE
JELLO SHOTS! NCAA MARCH MADNESS HOOPS EXCITEMENT!
IRISH CRAFT BEER! BUSHMILL SHOT SPECIALS and more.
Party goes all day Friday, March 17th!
Keep the party going every week right here for feature articles weekly on Dayton Most Metro from the Food Adventure Crew. Growl at you later.
The Dayton food world had comers and goers in the year 2016. Lots of eateries opened and some closed. We said goodbye to some old favorites and said hello to some new and exciting cuisine.
Today, Food Adventures looks back on the year in review. If you are a foodie, check out our list below. You will see a lot of new places in the Miami Valley that will spark your interest!
Get a fork, spoon and your nostalgia caps on as we explore the “The Year in Food.”
*****RESTAURANTS THAT OPENED in 2016*****
ARCHERS TAVERN, KETTERING: Taking a successful restaurant philosophy and expanding it to Kettering has seemed to work out well
for the owners of Archer’s. If the first couple of months are any indication, look for continued success at this location on Dorothy Lane in the old Tumbleweed location.
AREPAS and CO. – DOWNTOWN: This Columbian restaurant opened it’s 3rd location in old Olive Dive spot. Besides a strong cultural menu, they offer catering to parties big and small. Delicious, fresh and food choices you won’t find anywhere else.
BAR 145: This restaurant chain is open at Austin Landing. It is known for burgers, lots of beers on tap and a section of the restaurant that holds vintage 80’s arcade games and live music on the weekends. Definitely a fun place to check out.
BAR LOUIE: Austin Landing landed this chain in 2016. A slightly more casual version of the one at the Greene, you can expect the same happy hour and burger specials. And try the totchos – yes, tater tots in your nachos…
BASIL’S ON MARKET: North Patterson Blvd is the expansion location for this 2nd restaurant opening (the original one is still in business in Troy). Incredible food photos on their Facebook page scream “You gotta come eat here.” They have some amazing looking food and a huge patio overlooking the water.
BEAR CREEK DONUTS: Inventive, locally owned donut shop in Miamisburg that raises the bar on toppings. One trip to this place, and you will be hooked. Golden Grahams on Donuts? Yeah , they got that.
BIBIBOP ASIAN GRILL: This Columbus chain finally lands in Dayton near U.D. and has plans for a couple more to come. The Korean inspired meals start with steamed rice, topped with your choice of grilled meats or tofu and a mix of fresh vegetables and Asian sauces.
BJ’S RESTAURANT & BREWHOUSE, FAIRFIELD COMMONS: That craft beer brewing chain with the great appetizers, opens up another mammoth eatery near Fairfield Commons mall. The menu is solid from top to bottom.
BLUE NOTE BISTRO and LOUNGE: New jazz hall and restaurant on 23 E. Central Ave in Miamisburg, which offers Sunday brunch. Over the summer, they expanded dining and music hours. Their Facebook page usually details the happenings.
BRAVO, FAIRFIELD COMMONS: The familiar Italian chain, expands in the Beavercreek/Fairborn area. Must eats are the ravioli, and of course we love to dip the bread in that olive oil mixture, all night long.
CARMELLA’S ITALIAN KITCHEN: Just opened in the old Murphy’s Pub location on Wilmington Pike. Their menu features Italian foods and sandwiches.
CHEDDAR’S SCRATCH KITCHEN: Chain out of Irving, Texas, with dozens of locations reaching up into New York. Big portions and a huge menu with semi-reasonable prices. Think TGI Fridays on steroids or a casual version of Cheesecake Factory (with no cheesecakes.) The new popular place at The Cornerstone development on Feedwire Rd. Warning: Long waiting list during peak times.
CHUY’S, FAIRFIELD COMMONS: This Mexican chain is popping up stores quickly and the newest one is a location near the Fairfield Commons Mall. Great guacamole dip starts out each meal right. Try the margaritas and the Elvis Presley Memorial Combo of Enchiladas.
CRAFTED and CURED: Two local men started this in Spring, 2016. The concept is a cured meat shop, with over 60 craft beers on tap, featuring ales, stouts, ciders, sours and meads. Of course the menu will feature rare meats and cheeses. Read Chef House’s scoop HERE on her MostMetro article. And they’ve just announced that 3 more food businesses will be joining them in 2017- a deli- Local Hero Butchery & Fare, a seafood option- Jack Lukey’s Oyster Saloon & Caviar Bar and Mediterranean goodies from Glasz Bleu Oven.
D20: A Bar With Characters- Board games and brews on draft are the hallmark for this new place in the shopping center adjacent to the Whipp Rd Kroger. Local owners Andrew Sparks and Christine Cooper have come up with the concept, and the drinking and dining area look inviting. The D20 reference is a slang name for a Dungeon’s and Dragon’s 20 sided dice.
DARK HORSE TAVERN (closed in July -reopened in Nov.): They abruptly closed in July 2016, but the love of this place caused a deal to transfer the ownership and keep the menu and music alive. Known for bands and BBQ, it is a great watering hole, with a huge bar. Opened back up in November, Manager Nikky Vontz is getting this place running right!
DON PATRON MEXICAN GRILL of FAIRBORN: They have 2 Ohio locations, the latest being on 2632 Colonel Glenn Highway. Specialties include Carnitas, Burritos, Fajitas and of course, Tacos. They even have wings.
DOUBLE D’S FIT-Q MEAL PREP: Waynesville’s BBQ boys have opened a brick and mortar place in downtown Lebanon.
Owners Dan Velemirov and Dustin Seyersdahl are known for some great traditional BBQ. They also have a signature sweet cornbread waffle and BBQ hot shot.
DOUBLEDAYS, SPRINGBORO: One of Dayton’s most popular locally owned restaurants, expanded to another location in front of the Dorothy Lane Market Springboro in the old Sammy’s El Pueblo building. New location, but the same old favorites remain. If you have not tried their homemade soups, you are in for a treat. They also showcase an extensive sandwich, burger and dinner platter menu.
FREDDY’S FROZEN CUSTARD & STEAKBURGERS: A new fast food chain hits Dayton. It is a cross between Steak and Shake and Culver’s. Quick smashed burgers on the grill, hot dogs and custard sundaes are the signature of this quick bite. Drive thru or dine in, and you will enjoy this throwback meal.
GYRO DELIGHT: Some good buzz is going about this new gyro shop on Wilmington Pike. They have familiar treats like Shish kabobs, Greek fries, chicken gyros and traditional gyros. They also carry exotic Mediterranean food like baklava, shawarma, moussaka and dolmades.
JOHN ANTHONY’S SOUTHERN CUISINE: This spot opened
in summer 2016 on Salem Ave. They feature salads, fried catfish, collard greens, fried chicken & waffles. Soul food at it’s finest, even down to the fried okra.
KUPBOP: The latest quick eatery on Woodman Dr. highlights the lighter, healthier side of Korean cuisine. The “Create Your Own” seems to be the way to go. This is the Korean version of Chipotle.
MARILYN’S GRILL: This restaurant has been serving Soul food on North Main since January. Daily specials like Pork Chops, and Lemon Pepper Wings are crowd pleasers. Other items like chicken and dumplings, or Philly Chicken subs look unreal.
MIKE’S NASHVILLE HOT: The new “go to ” place for Southern fried chicken at Austin Landing. Hand breaded chicken in strips, or whole pieces, spicy or not. They also have a slew of sides and a perch option, with a 2nd location coming to Centerville on 48.
MURRAY’S PUB: Opened in January, 2016, then in December, 2016 announced it would be transitioning into the 937 Grill and Taproom. Two new owners are taking over. Look for an expanding bar menu and continued drink specials.
OINK-A-DOODLE-MOO: Miamisburg is the new location for this place, formerly in Kettering. Great BBQ, sauces and sides are the tradition here. Located at 40 N Main St in Miamisburg, they have a full catering menu too.
OLD BAG OF NAILS PUB: Cross Pointe’s latest restaurant is one of a group of Columbus owned eateries. They have an extensive menu of burgers and sandwiches, and many seafood entrees like Scallops, Blackened Tuna Steak and Fried Clams. A nice soup and dessert offering round out a large menu of options.
OLD SCRATCH PIZZA and BEER: The word is out about this new pizza place, and the feedback has been great. They have red sauce options, white sauce options,salads, sandwiches and a full craft beer list. Create your own pizza, or choose from the dozen options they have. Located at 812 South Patterson Blvd. there’s even a great private room for parties or meetings.
PANDA EXPRESS: Dayton’s only “drive thru Chinese restaurant” is here. This eatery is owned out of California with sites all over the USA including mall courts. Menu choices are simple and traditional. Choose from chicken or shrimp in sweet sauces or fried.
PANERA BREAD, HUBER HEIGHTS: The familiar chain with the bread bowl soups, pastries and more. Huber Heights, you too now, can enjoy the fun.
PHILLY PRETZEL FACTORY: Centerville just held a ribbon cutting at this location on S. Main Street near Lock 27. Big, Soft Pretzels are the love here, with various toppings and dips. Get ready to make and bring back some memories with your first bites.
PIZZA FIRE: The fresh toppings pizza place where you run down the line and top it yourself. The new location is on 4325 Far Hills Ave in Kettering.
PRIMANTI BROTHERS: The famous Pittsburgh chain is now in Dayton too, near the Fairfield Commons mall. Overstuffed pastrami sandwiches, reubens, and are all the rage here. Are they as good as the original? You be the judge.
RAPID FIRED PIZZA (4 new locations): Fairborn, Centerville, Bellbrook and Huber Heights, locations are all news and have all been thriving and Kettering opensthis Friday with FREE pizza. Quick Pizzas and Quick huge salads for about $7.95. With topping choices like ricotta cheese and sun dried tomatoes, what’s not to like?
SKY ASIAN CUISINE: The upscale Sushi restaurant that took over the struggling location at the corner of Wilmington Pike and Woodman’s fork in the road. All the discussions we have heard about this place have been very positive.
SMITH’S BOATHOUSE RESTAURANT: On the Great Miami River, in Troy, Ohio, this upscale dinner place specializes in Seafood and Steak. A fun, elegant setting, and the owners are lifelong locals who seem to really care about the food quality.
SPENT GRAIN GRILL: Inside Warped Wing Brewery, this literal hole in the wall place serves tremendous amounts of food to a busy, thirsty brew crowd. From loose meat sandwiches to the tater tots, we are fans of this new place. Spent Grain literally uses the waste from the brewing process to make pizza dough and bread for their burger and sandwich buns. Good idea, and it fills a need for tasty food while drinking locally brewed beer.
STAGECOACH CAFE: New Carlisle has a quaint new eatery that is turning heads. With 35 facebook reviews and all of them 5 stars, it is time to give credit where due. Specials like Lasagna and Chicken and Noodles, point to a place with comfort food. There saying is “Stop in and try the homemade difference.” It looks like it is time for a a Food Adventure.
TABLE 33: With the saying “grow, share, eat,” they are blazing a unique trail in the breakfast food jungle. They use locally sourced products and have faith based philosophy of turning no hungry person away. Located at 130 West 2nd Street, they offer weekend brunches as well.
TABLE of CONTENTS CAFE: Xenia area cafe owned by Cassaundra Lee. It is actually inside the Blue Jacket Bookstore. They have a daily menu with coups made from scratch. Hand baked items are available for dine-in or takeout.
TEXAS BEEF and CATTLE CO.: Originally know for festivals, these caterers now have a restaurant where patrons can own a share of the establishment. Being an owner has its privileges such as price breaks and more. Owner James Nunez and his family make some of the most succulent beef brisket we have ever tried. Their BBQ sauces and rubs are amazing. Get to 1105 W 3rd St, these people know what they are doing.
TOKYO JAPANESE GRILL & SUSHI: New full service sushi restaurant with hibachi and Japanese soup choices as well. Located across the street from the Cornerstone development on Feedwire Rd, it has been open since April, 2016. Menu offers deals on larger pieces of sushi orders.
VICTOR’S TACO SHOP: Recently opened at 1438 Keowee Street, there is also a location at 1002 N. Broad St. in Fairborn. This colorful drive thru specializes in Tacos, Rolled Tacos, Quesadillas and Todstadas.
THE WANDERING GRIFFIN: The newest Brewery and watering hole has a unique design. They have a couple bars and a coffee bar called Wanderlust. The menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner is getting great reviews. You may recall this place used to house Quaker Steak and Lube near Wright State’s Campus, just off Colonel Glenn Highway.
THE WRIGHT PLACE: Completely remodeled restaurant inside the Holiday Inn, across from Wright State. This eatery looks to pull guests in with historic decor and great food. Using local foods and a “chef’s garden,” Chef Justin White looks to kick things up a notch on his menu.
ZOMBIE DOGZ: Dayton’s most popular food truck has a brick and mortar location on Brown St. in the old Shish Wraps storefront. David and Lee VanArtsdalen have really pushed the envelope over the years, and now you can have all of your favorite dogz – check out their menu here. How can anybody not love this fun place?
*****NEW FOOD TRUCKS IN 2016*****
GREEK STREET FOOD TRUCK: Owner Chris Spirtos has taken his street Gyro recipes to the Dayton streets with great success. They have one of the more grueling schedule of appearances, and it has led to many being exposed to their great foods. Our faves are the baklava, spanakopita and “Chicken Gyros, Street Style”
LATIN AREPAS FOOD TRUCK: A family operated food truck, that also offers catering. The menu includes classic Venezuelan,Colombian, Latin American, and Tropical cuisine. Menu items include Arepas, Tacos, & Empanadas. They are Vegan & Vegetarian Friendly, with Gluten free choices.
MENEHUNE TIKI BUS: This is the only double decker food truck in Dayton, and it is a stunning sight. Although dogged by a couple of unfortunate mechanical issues and a wreck, they are back and bringing their Hawaiian and South Pacific food to the Miami Valley masses. The Kalua Pork Grilled Cheese sandwich is a “must eat.”
SON OF A BISCUIT: Dayton’s Breakfast Food Truck featuring Biscuit and English Muffin Sandwiches. Brad Manning, the owner prides himself on quality ingredients so he only serves Landes Fresh Meats from an old fashioned farm market in Clayton that specializes in Farm-Harvested Beef & Pork. This Food Truck makes it easy to want to “rise and shine.”
And now … sadly, some of our favorite Food Adventure spots closed this year as well…
*****RESTAURANTS THAT CLOSED in 2016*****
BAD DOG, NICE TACO: Our own Chef LeeAnne House and Brian Johnson teamed to bring you a hot dog and nacho cart that spoiled us with toppings from feta to freshly made housemade sauces. Currently Chef House is in Chicago, and when we asked about a re-opening possibility for Bad Dog, she said “never say never.” Stay Tuned.
THE BARNSIDER: After more than 41 years, the Barnsider restaurant served its last meal in May 2016. Known for prime rib and shrimp dinners, you can still buy their cocktail sauce at local grocers and Foremost Seafood.
BOB EVAN’S: The location on Harshman Road, near Stebbins High School closed in 2016. We hope the students of Stebbins are still able to get biscuits, gravy and pancakes at acceptable intervals.
BOSTON’S BISTRO: July 2016 marked a historic closing. After 35 years of business, owner Dave Boston closed his establishment on N. Main Street. Much of his business has been at the old Sports Page location. It was a building his father built. Boston’s was known for being the first place to sell multiple craft beers in the Dayton area. He started selling craft beers in the 1970’s. Dave said he would reopen at another site if the deal was right.
CORLEONE’S CENTERVILLE: This spinoff pizza joint was the 2nd location for Corleone’s, tucked into a shopping center on 725 behind Fricker’s. It never quite took off, even though they had some tremendous pizza and pasta options. Thankfully the Patterson Rd. location is still open.
DESIGNER DOGS: It opened in January, 2016 inside the Fairfield Commons mall, and closed in September. Inventive toppings on the hot dogs included shout outs to various cities and states. The owners promise a return in some fashion, noting a deal in the works to mass produce their dogs. Hopefully we see them again real soon.
DON PABLO’S, FAIRFIELD COMMONS: They were one of the first restaurants to open around the Fairfield Mall. Decades later, they would close in 2016 citing lack of business. We are sad to see them go as their drinks and chips with salsa were some of the best around town.
DT’s KITCHEN CARRYOUT: They opened in March and closed in December, 2016. The menu was a broad diner menu from Quesadillas to Fried Shrimp Dinners. We hate to see locally owned restaurants close, especially when the customer reviews looked so good.
ECLIPSE COFFEE and TEA: Locally owned coffee shop located on Wilmington Pike between LaRosa’s and Frisch’s. Maybe the location was tough, because it looks like the product was superior. They carried quality coffees and teas out of Seven Hills, Ohio.
KAI SUSHI CAFE: One of Dayton’s first sushi restaurants. The crowds had dwindled over the years with increased competition. An empty parking lot seemed the norm the last few months, and after a couple of transfers of ownership and a legal dispute, the restaurant could not continue to operate. We hope this old Howard Johnson building on Byers Rd. gets a new tenant soon.
KRISPY KREME: January, 2016 was the closing date for cult favorite. The national donut franchise could not keep up with local
favorites. Although it will close, regional bakeries will still be pumping Krispy Kreme product into various gas station convenient stores around town.
LAROSA’S, HUBER HEIGHTS: Buddy LaRosa decided to pack this one in during 2016. The Cincinnati based company could not get the business they wanted to stay open. But don’t worry although the 7375 Old Troy Pike location is closed, there are others around Dayton and of course Wayne students can still get slices at King’s Island.
LOGAN’S ROADHOUSE, FAIRFIELD COMMONS MALL: A surprise to many, corporate cited high rent and low income for the closing. If you people would have just not thrown your damn peanut shells on the floor.
MAX n ERMA’S SPRINGBORO: Located at 710 Gardener Rd, off of State Route 741, this restaurant closed in January, 2016. We love Max n Erma’s. We love this regional chain and concept from the Garbage Burger to the drinks. Hopefully another one will open in town, soon.
MCKENNA’S GRILL: This restaurant on Presidential Drive in Fairborn, inside the Holiday Inn, closed to make way for “The Wright Place.”
MURPHY’S IRISH PUB: This locally owned restaurant closed in late 2016 and was replaced by Carmella’s Italian Kitchen. It’s sister restaurant Paddy’s in Centerville remains open.
OSAKA SUSHI and BUFFET: Dayton’s first conveyor belt sushi restaurant, was an upscale buffet that just never
caught on. There was a strong regular customers of Asian descent, but the big crowds were few, forcing them to close. The owner has promised to renegotiate the rent and reopen as a hibachi restaurant much like Sake or Benihana.
QDOBA, BROWN STREET: This eatery closed July 2016. It was located in the heart of the busy restaurant district across from University of Dayton.
SHISH WRAPS: Simon Abboud owned this health conscious restaurant that turned Mediterranean street food into some wonderful creations. We were very sad to see this place on Brown Street go. Their hummus, tabouleh and sauces were all made from scratch. Their shish wraps always left us “shish faced.”
SUSHI CLUB: February, 2016 marked the end for this “all you can eat” made to order sushi place on Alex Rd. We had hit this spot many times and always had a good meal. Maybe the food costs did them in, but they never could seem to capture the big crowds although they had a regular following. We were surprised it closed so quickly and really miss the food.
TASTY MEASURES CAFE: Although they made their own deli meats using Sous Vide style cooking methods, the business crowds were not enough to stay open. Unfortunately this locally owned cafe on Jefferson Street closed in June, 2016.
UNCLE SUNNY’S HOMESTYLE CAJUN FISH & CHICKEN: A family owned spot on 131 Cincinnati Ave in Xenia, it was all about the fried fish and chicken. The reviews were great, and although they originally were going to be a 24 hour restaurant, that never came to fruition. The owners are hinting at another project in the works, so stay tuned.
That does it for the movers and shakers of this year. Do you have a comment about any of the places that have closed or opened? Please leave your thoughts below.
Do you have any predictions for 2017 ?
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HAPPY NEW YEAR to all, and to all a good bite!
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