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Monday, January 23, 2012

Oakwood mother-daughter team to open cupcake bakery

DAYTON — An Oakwood mother and daughter who have operated an online-only bakery will open a storefront bakery and dessert shop called Moore Dessert Please! at 1003 Shroyer Road in Dayton by April, according to a news release.

The bakery is headed by 22-year-old Brittany Moore and her mother Tina Moore, and specializes in cupcakes, cake pops and other items.

Brittany Moore, who graduated from Oakwood High School in 2008, said in an interview that establishing a storefront will boost visibility and exposure of the business and “will allow us to reach a larger market.” The Shroyer Road space, just north of Oakwood, formerly housed 808 Studios, a photography service.

For more information, check out the Moore Dessert Please! Facebook page.

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Dayton restaurant owner loses one court appeal, gets new trial date

This story was updated Feb. 4, 2012 to reflect the fact that Micahel J. Burdge of Dayton became Eva Christian’s attorney in a civil lawsuit described below effective Jan. 31, 2012.

The trial of Boulevard Haus owner Eva Christian, charged with five felony counts accusing her of insurance fraud, has been postponed until April.

But Christian is due in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court next week to explain to a judge why she should not be held in contempt of court for failing to comply with court orders to produce documents and provide testimony in a civil case in which she is being sued by The Cincinnati Insurance Co. The company paid a $52,000 insurance claim to Christian after she reported a break-in at her Washington Twp. home in October 2009. She reported that televisions, computers, jewelry, rare coins and a safe containing cash were stolen, according to a police report.

The Cincinnati Insurance Company and Montgomery County sheriff’s investigators believe that the burglary was staged, according to the insurance company’s lawsuit filed against Christian in July. That break-in, along with a second incident on Christmas Eve 2009 involving reported vandalism and a fire at the now-defunct Cena Brazilian Steakhouse restaurant in Miami Twp. that Christian owned, are the basis of the criminal charges filed against the restaurant owner in March 2011.

Christian faces one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, a first-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in state prison, and four lesser felony counts: two of insurance fraud and two of making false alarms.

She has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges and in an interview has called the accusations against her “absolutely absurd and false.” The restaurant owner is free on her own recognizance after posting a $10,000 surety bond. Boulevard Haus remains open and is operating business as usual.

The trial on the criminal charges, which had been scheduled to begin in late February, was pushed back to April 23 by Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Barbara P. Gorman, according to court records.

But in the civil case, Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Gregory F. Singer has ordered Christian to appear Feb. 2 to explain why she hasn’t complied with the judge’s July 21, 2011 order to provide documents and testimony in the case.

The insurance company has tried to get Christian to submit to an examination under oath, as required by her insurance policy, but Christian has refused, citing her Fifth Amendment rights against incriminating herself. The lawsuit seeks to force her to comply with the questioning.

The restaurant owner’s former attorneys, John Smith and Mark Webb of Springboro, had attempted to stop the proceedings of the civil case while the criminal charges were pending. Six weeks ago, a three-judge panel of the Second District Court of Appeals rejected Christian’s appeal, ruling that her testimony and documents requested by the insurance company can be furnished to Judge Singer for his determination whether her assertion of her Fifth Amendment right should apply.

Christian recently hired Dayton attorney Bobby Joe Cox to represent her in the criminal case, and Dayton attorney Michael J. Burdge became Christian’s attorney of record in the civil case as of Jan. 31, 2012, according to court records.

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Sub House cheesesteak-eating contest finals Saturday

The Submarine House, the Dayton-based chain of seven sub shops, is bringing back its Cheesesteak Challenge, this time benefitting Dayton’s Children’s Medical Center. And it starts today, Jan. 23.

From today through March 18, diners can attempt to eat a 16-inch Super Duper Cheesesteak — more than two-and-a-half pounds of food — in 16 minutes or less. Those who succeed in the challenge win their sandwich for free, along with a T-shirt. The ten best qualifying times from each location will win a spot in the contest’s semifinals the week of March 19. Each of the seven store winners will then be invited to participate in the finals at 1 p.m. March 31 at the Submarine House’s Beavercreek Bar & Grill at Dayton-Xenia Road and North Fairfield Road in the Kroger shopping center.

A panel of celebrity judges will be on hand at the finals, including K-99-FM’s Frye Guy and WHIO-AM’s Larry Hansgen. The fastest of the seven store finalists will be crowned the Cheesesteak Champion. Donations for Dayton Children’s Medical Center will be collected at all Submarine House locations throughout the contest. For locations or to view the full rules of the contest, visit www.submarinehouse.com.

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Dayton diner celebrates anniversary, asks for support

DAYTON — Diamond D’s Diner at 2301 Germantown St. is marking its first anniversary this week and is promoting its catering services as it enters its second year.

It also is asking for community support.

“The support of the diner by the residents has been very heartwarming, but with the condition of the state of the economy, more support is needed in order to keep the doors open,” Diamond D’s owner Barbara Vinzant said in a letter to local businesses and organizations. Vinzant invited companies and individuals to utilize Diamond D’s catering services.

“The diner is ready, willing and able to cater your next event no matter how large or small,” Vinzant said, and free delivery service is available for orders of $25 or more.

Diamond D’s Diner opened on Jan. 28, 2011 in a building that formerly housed a Church’s Chicken restaurant on Germantown Street at Adelite Avenue. The building had been vacant for about 16 years and required extensive renovation prior to opening.

The diner’s current winter hours are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call (937) 268-3000.

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