Labor and materials for such construction projects are both in short supply now, in part because of natural disasters throughout the country, including the Dayton area’s Memorial Day tornadoes.
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Wiley had applied for a liquor license for the space back in April, but emphasized then that the project was in its early stages, and she had not signed a lease for the space. No lease was signed.
Norman and Calvin Mayne, who own and operate the three-store Dorothy Lane Market grocery-store chain and own the Settler’s Walk retail center, offered to help pay for the necessary improvements, but in the end, Wiley said she could not justify the cost of the project.
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“They were gracious and generous, and I’m sorry not to be working with them,” Wiley said of the Maynes.
Wiley made it clear it was a difficult decision.
“We had a vision for that place, and we’re heartbroken that it’s not going to happen,” she said.
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In April, Wiley said she envisioned the unnamed Springboro restaurant to be similar in many ways to Meadowlark, open for lunch and dinner and perhaps Sunday brunch.
Wiley first made a name for herself at The Winds Cafe in Yellow Springs before opening Meadowlark on Miamisburg-Centerville Road in Washington Twp. in 2004. Seven years later, she moved Meadowlark to Far Hills Avenue in Washington Twp., then went on to open Wheat Penny Oven & Bar on Wayne Avenue in Dayton in 2013.
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Two years ago, Wiley was selected to participate in the James Beard Foundation’s first Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership program, a five-day intensive training session designed to help women chefs grow their businesses.