What is a DORA?

  • A specifically designated area that allows patrons over the age of 21 to purchase alcoholic beverages from an establishment and carry them within a clearly defined area within the City.
  • Established in April 2017 by Section 4301.82 of the O.R.C.; it creates an exemption from the Open Container Law; under the statute, a person who purchases beer or intoxicating liquor from the holder of a permit with a DORA designation is permitted to have that beverage in an open container at any outdoor location within the DORA.
  • Wyoming has a vibrant and expanding local restaurant, retail, and special event scene; this economic development tool will help promote Wyoming as a destination for dining, retail, and entertainment.
  • The 2018 Master Plan identifies as a priority the creation of “additional opportunities for and promotion of night-out events for parents/adults (e.g. beer/wine and social events).”

Steps Toward DORA Creation:

  • City Manager submits Application to City Council
  • Public Notice is provided to the community (newspaper, posted agenda, e-newsletter, social media, and website)
  • Public Hearing (November 18, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. and January 21, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.) at City Council meeting
  • City Council votes at a special City Council meeting before the start of the January 27, 2020 Committee of the Whole meeting at 6:00 p.m.
  • Notice to and approval from Ohio Department of Liquor Control

Except as provided in the DORA statute, all State of Ohio and City of Wyoming laws regarding public intoxication, impaired driving, and open containers apply to areas both inside and outside of the DORA boundaries. Failure to comply with the rules as states is a crime! Please drink responsibly!

Click here to read the draft Ordinance that City Council adopted.
Click here to read the Application to City Council for the Establishment of a Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area.
Click here to view signage that is posted at key egress areas of the DORA.
Click here to view a rendering of the DORA designated cup.
Click here to view a map of the DORA area.

Doug Nawrocki, Co- Owner of Tela Bar + Kitchen, identifies the importance of beverage sales in the restaurant industry:
“Tela’s average food sales is 59% and beverage 40%. We absolutely could not survive without our beverage sales. Our focus on craft wine, beer and cocktails goes hand in hand with our chef driven fare. The beverage menu is essential to our success. We need local customers to visit as often as they can and we look to draw new customers from surrounding communities. Having an outdoor refreshment venue will help us drive in more traffic.”

To learn more about DORA, click on the video below:

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Can I walk anywhere with my DORA cup?
A: Patrons can only carry DORA beverages in the defined area. Retail and private establishments may allow DORA beverages in their establishment or they may opt to not allow them. Each establishment within the DORA will have their own policy and will have signage on their establishment door defining their DORA policy (door clings to be provided by the City of Wyoming).

Q: Are the hours of the DORA limited?
A: Yes, the DORA hours are: Monday through Thursday, 2:00 to 11:00 p.m.; Friday, 2:00 p.m. to midnight; Saturday, noon to 9:00 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 9:00 p.m. DORA beverages may not be consumed outside of these hours. Additionally, the DORA may be limited if there are special events (i.e. May Fete) or private fundraising events which hold an F-2 Liquor Permit (i.e. Exotic Wheels and Wine) in which DORA beverages may be unwelcome or competition to the event.

Q: What is a DORA cup?
A: A plastic, reusable, designated cup for all establishments. The cup changes color when filled with a beverage. The cup is purchased at restaurants for a nominal fee.

Q: Can I take my DORA beverage into another restaurant?
A: No, once a DORA beverage has left a restaurant, it must be consumed before entering another restaurant. Empty cups may be taken into a different restaurant for another beverage.

Q: Who will be authorized to sell DORA beverages?
A: Wyoming Civic Center, Wyoming Community Coffee, Tela Bar + Kitchen, Half Day Cafe, LaRosa’s, The Arepa Place, Station Family + BBQ, and Gabby’s Café. Each establishment has a “D” Permit from the Ohio Division of Liquor Control.

Q: How will patrons know the DORA limits?
A: Each patron purchasing a DORA cup for the first time (or anytime a new cup is sold) will notice a QR code on the cup which will point you to this page where the map can be viewed here. Also, signs are posted in the key egress areas of the DORA district.

Q: Can I pour my own alcoholic drink into a DORA cup and carry it?
A: No. Beverages must be purchased from participating restaurants. No cans, glass bottles, or outside alcoholic beverages are allowed within the DORA boundaries. Further, alcoholic beverages may not be carried outside of the boundary area or patrons are subject to legal consequences.

Q: Will the area become littered, unruly, or noisy due to the DORA?
A. Mason, Milford, Hamilton, and Loveland all have DORAs. City Administration has made inquiries to those communities and none have negative experiences to report. The City has numerous garbage cans in the DORA area, however, cups are intended to be kept and reused. The Police provide coverage to the DORA area and will be visibly present and readily available should concerns or issues arise. Special events may require additional Police and Public Works staffing, as is already the practice.

Questions can be directed to Rusty Herzog, City Manager, by email at rherzog@wyomingohio.gov or by phone at 513-842-1382.