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We are a week away from joining our community in the city of Reading in bringing DORA to the heart of the Reading Bridal District! RBD visitors will soon be able to carry alcoholic beverages outdoors whilst they stroll the designated DORA areas.

This month, Reading City Council established a designated outdoor refreshment area plan after Ohio approved the city's application, joining other popular places to visit throughout Cincinnati that offer DORA. You might be asking yourself "What exactly is a DORA?" A Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area, or DORA, is a specified area of land that a local legislative authority (city council or township trustees) has designated as exempt from certain open container provisions as laid out in Ohio Revised Code Section 4301.82. A DORA is an area where people can buy a marked open container at participating businesses whom have obtained permits and carry them into designated areas on the sidewalk and street. The boundaries for this are discussed and established by local officials and approved at state level prior to application. The DORA coming to Reading is about 6.7 acres, all within the Reading Bridal District. It will be on Reading Road from Koehler Avenue, north to Halker Avenue, and West Benson Street. Then it will extend west to Wachendorf Street.

A list of businesses with permits that will be included in Reading Bridal District's DORA are as follows:

  • Fraternal Order of Eagles.

  • Benson's Tavern.

  • Valley Tavern.

  • American Legion Post 69 Dugout Bar & Grill.

  • Strong's Brick Oven Pizzeria.

  • Foley's Irish Pub.

  • Winey Bride.

  • Lace Bridal.

  • Redwine & Co.

The Reading DORA is about a week or so off from opening. The goal is to have the area marked off and cups distributed by the annual Fall in Love bridal show event Sept. 14. BoChic Bridal Boutique is a proud member of the Reading Bridal District and we look forward to celebrating in any growth for our community and the experiences of the people who choose to visit us here in our home in the RBD.


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