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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Coco’s sets date for long-awaited move to new location

DAYTON — Coco’s Bistro is scheduled to open at its new location at 250 Warren St. just south of downtown Dayton on Oct. 29, two days after hosting an open house at the new restaurant, according to Karen Wick-Gagnet, who co-owns Coco’s with her husband Jim Gagnet.

“We are super-excited to have the new space,” Wick-Gagnet said.

The upcoming move from the current location at 515 Wayne Ave. — which has been in the works since 2009 — will bring several advantages, Wick-Gagnet said, including:

— expanded hours: the new Coco’s will open on Saturdays for lunch, and will serve both lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday;

— more parking: the new restaurant will have about 120 dedicated parking spaces, up from 40 at the Wayne Avenue restaurant;

— special events room: a separate dining area will seat up to 80 people or can be split to accommodate two smaller parties of 20 to 30, will have audio-visual hookups and access to an outdoor courtyard;

— more convenient location: customers will have easier highway access from U.S. 35 and diners driving in from the south suburbs of Dayton will have a more direct route, and the strip that connects downtown Dayton with the University of Dayton-Miami Valley Hospital area appears poised for growth, with Easter Seals-Goodwill building a $13 million development across Warren Street on and around the former Benham’s restaurant site;

— expanded bar-lounge area: Coco’s lounge will be called the High Violet Lounge, and will offer seating of about 62 — 22 around the bar, and 40 more in the lounge surrounding the bar. It will have a separate, more casual menu that will likely include crispy flatbread pizzas, and will serve the menu at times when the restaurant’s dining room is closed, such as between lunch and dinner service from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., and after 10 p.m.

The new restaurant’s main dining room will seat about 80 diners, which is about the same as the current Coco’s seating capacity. The bistro’s owners will offer a “sneak peek” at the new restaurant at an open house during Dayton’s Urban Nights festivities on Sept. 14, Wick-Gagnet said.

Coco’s existing location has been for sale, and Wick-Gagnet said, “There is a lot of interest in the current space. We are expecting something to happen in the next 30 days.”

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Dorothy Lane Market unveils new rewards program

Dorothy Lane Market this morning unveiled the Club DLM Rewards Program that offers customers who use the free Club DLM loyalty card price breaks on everyday items such as milk, eggs, soda pop and bananas and several other items.

Here’s how the program works: Customers who have a DLM loyalty card will accrue points every time they shop. Shoppers can then cash in the points to receive the price breaks. Shoppers earn one point for every $2 spent, although on the 10th, 20th and 30th of each month, customers can accrue 10 points for every $2 of their grocery bill. Customers can redeem 100 points to purchase up to five pounds of bananas (conventional or organic) at the special discounted price of 9 cents a pound, saving up to 64 cents a pound.

Customers who have items in their basket that are eligible for the price breaks will be asked at the checkout if they want to use their points to obtain the discount, or they can opt to save their points for a later purchase, DLM officials said. The points never expire.

“We think this will allow us to be more attractive from a price perspective,” said Calvin Mayne, DLM’s vice president and chief operating officer and grandson of DLM’s founder.

The Club DLM Rewards program takes effect today, and customers who already have DLM loyalty cards are automatically enrolled. Those wishing to sign up for the program can obtain a DLM loyalty card at no charge by filling out an application at any DLM checkout lane or by applying online at www.dorothylane.com, store officials said. DLM operates grocery stores in Oakwood, Washington Twp. and Springboro.

Dorothy Lane Market was among the earliest adopters of loyalty cards, launching its Club DLM program in 1995. Many retailers, including Kroger and Speedway, offer special deals or savings based on points earned through loyalty-card purchases.

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