St. Louis Catholic Church seeks to join Louisville DORA
LOUISVILLE – The ability to legally drink alcoholic beverages outside of downtown is about to become widespread.
A St. Louis Catholic Church parking lot at 300 N. Chapel Street is targeted for possible expansion of the local designated outdoor refreshment area, also known as DORA.
Within DORA, you can walk and stand in public streets with a mug containing an alcoholic drink purchased from five downtown establishments.
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The one-year-old DORA is centered on a quarter-mile stretch of Main Street (National Route 153).
According to a document from the city administration, officials from St. Louis Catholic Church have submitted a request that part of the parish’s property be transferred to DORA. City council has yet to approve the request.
“Initially, St Louis did not want to be included,” said Councilor Corey Street. “It borders directly on our downtown area. If they want to be included, we’re happy to include them. There aren’t any establishments this far north serving alcohol where St. Louis is.”
If city council votes for the expansion, the application will need to be approved by the Ohio Division of Liquor Control before it takes effect.
Market days in downtown Louisville
St. Louis Catholic Church has allowed its parking lot to be used on market days in downtown Louisville from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on both Fridays of the month.
âThis is not a parish event, it is a civic event,â said Rev. Robert âBobâ Miller, pastor of the church. “And they use our parking lot. It started out as a farmers market. It made its way into a bazaar.”
The event is organized by the Louisville Main Street Group and the local Rotary organization.
If the expansion is approved, DORA will increase to 16.3 acres. Currently it is 14.9 acres.
Liquor establishments participating in DORA are Grinders Above & Beyond at 500 W. Main St., Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 2374 at 306 W. Main St., Town Tavern at 101 E. Main St., Scratch Steak House at 108 E. Main St. and Unhitched Brewing at 115 S. Mill St.
“I think it’s a positive thing,” said Mayor Patricia Fallot. “We’re trying to expand things downtown. It’s a win-win situation for our downtown. Everything went well. And people like it. They like being able to buy beer and walk around. in town. They have to stay within DORA boundaries with the cup. “
Customers are required to drink from a specially designed cup while in the DORA.
Temporary permits possible for St. Louis Catholic
And the church may have temporary permits to allow the consumption of alcoholic beverages on specific occasions.
âAt the moment, we don’t have a (alcohol) license,â Miller said. âWe have an app. The only people who can sell alcohol in our parking lot are St. Louis. These are only temporary permits. These are day-long events. It’s not like we’re operating a bar. If people are in our parking lot and they buy beer there, they can take it with them downtown. This way it is easier for the people and the parish to work together and celebrate downtown.
The DORA operates from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday, from noon to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays.
Expanding DORA will be different for St. Louis than having a temporary liquor license.
âThey were doing that all the time for their festivals,â said city manager Larry Collins. “People who participated should stay in this small area.”
This possible extension of DORA to St. Louis Catholic Church would be limited to outdoor parking.
âIt doesn’t include buildings,â Collins said. “It doesn’t include the church, it doesn’t include the (old) school.”
While Louisville officials are considering expanding DORA, their Minerva counterparts are considering creating one.
“We are looking for information for what they need,” said Philip Turske, administrator of the village of Minerva. âThis was raised by the chamber (Chamber of Commerce of the Minerva region). There were a few companies that were excited about this. We don’t even have a geographic area in mind yet. It’s part of the research we’re doing, what the area should look like and what it should encompass. If we want to move forward, hopefully it will be this year. “
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