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Loveland’s Tano Bistro begins rising from ashes Chuck Gibson

It is not often the word demolition means good news, but this time it does. Gaetano and Gina Williams announced they are now official owners of the burned-out building that was home to Tano Bistro in Loveland. Demolition is good news because it means reconstruction will soon follow. “It’s amazing, so amazing things are happening and how they are happening, that we were able to get that building purchased,” said Tano. “Those types of purchases don’t happen that fast.” A May 28 three-alarm blaze in Loveland’s Historic District engulfed the historic building which is home to Tano Bistro as well as threatening the two buildings surrounding Tano’s. Less than two full months after cleanup and completion of the insurance company investigation in July, Tano has signed on as owner of the building. Good things are happening fast. Tano knows things need to stay on a fast track beginning with the demolition. “If we don’t get that roof on before winter hits, it’s not gonna open sooner than later,” he said.

“It’s amazing the amount of work they got done there. I’m just really, really pleased.” They closed on the property Sept. 26 and demolition was underway on Sept. 27. Design and architectural planning have been happening behind the scenes throughout the process. Tano’s plans include rooftop seating for up to 50 patrons. The city of Loveland planning and zoning department will begin the process of approving plans the first week in October. While it is “still a hurdle to get over,” all involved have worked together on the rebuilding plans. “If they saw something they didn’t like, they probably would have already said something,” Tano said. “It’s part of the process.” Approval of the architectural and design plans leads to the construction loan. That leads to the budget for the work. For Tano, it all means getting started. It means progress toward reopening Tano Bistro and Catering in Loveland. “At least we got a start,” he said. “You’re not going to open unless you get started.” Demolition is the start. These first days of October and final days of September were See BISTRO, Page 2A

Workers are on site as demolition is underway at the burned-out building that will again become Tano Bistro and Catering in Historic Loveland. CHUCK GIBSON FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Come on down: The price is right in Milford Chuck Gibson Community Press Contributor

Dr. Doug Portmann, dressed as TV’s “The Price is Right” game show host Drew Carey, created the Halloween edition to be played in Historic Milford Oct. 28. CHUCK GIBSON FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Everyone is invited to “Come On Down” to Historic Milford, Ohio, to play Milford’s “The Price is Right” on Saturday, Oct. 28. This is the latest event from the creators of “The Amazing Charity Race.” Dr. Doug Portmann is the creative mind behind the idea for this Halloween celebration. “We did a scavenger hunt for a couple years,” said Portmann. That was when they started out in Loveland with Martin and Kathy Schickel helping to organize the event. Then, to change it up a bit, they moved it to Milford where they experienced great cooperation from the city officials, fire and police depart-

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Milford’s ‘The Price is Right’ – Halloween edition 2017 » Where: Historic Milford » When: Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017 » 5:30 p.m. - Live music by The Counting Skeletons » 6:30-8 p.m. - The Price is Right begins » 8 p.m.-ish - Costume Contest » 8 p.m. - Beer and food tasting (open container through 11 p.m.) » Four-person teams - must be 21 or older » Learn more and register at

ments. “We brought it over to Milford and we did a thing we called ‘Milfordopoly’ and turned downtown Milford into a monopoly board.” The next year it was “Clue” in Milford and then they went back to Loveland last year. Portmann admits his television viewing habits influence his crazy ideas.

His wife, Sandy, reins them in sorting through his original concept to find a way to make them work. “It’s a social event with a marketing aspect for the city of Milford,” Portmann said. “We want it to be a social event for a couple friends, a couple of couples or a group of friends; whatever it

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may be.” This year it is “The Price is Right” featuring many of the games played on the popular television game show over the years. Portmann researched the games played on the TV version of “The Price Is Right” from the beginning, back in the 1960s, to the current version with host Drew Carey. The games match up well with the stores. “I went online, went back and found all the games that have been played on ‘The Price is Right’ through the years,” he explained. “I’m basically going to attach to each store the game that ties into what the store does.” Teams will “Come on Down” See MILFORD, Page 2A Vol. 37 No. 28 © 2017 The Community Press ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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