Westwood welcomes DORA district as Blue Ash prepares for vote


As temperatures begin to climb, outdoor plans for spring and summer continue to emerge throughout Greater Cincinnati. For many parts of the city, this is their first full warm season with either owning or promising a designated outdoor cooling area known as “DORA” in their area. Neighborhoods have sprung up in places like The Banks, Milford and Hamilton. March saw the grand opening of a new DORA neighborhood in Westwood. The Cincinnati West Side neighborhood hosted a soft opening of its neighborhood on St. Patrick’s Day. The neighborhood is centered along the Westwood portion of Harrison Avenue. To see a full DORA map, click here. “We wanted to define everything about it,” Westwood Civic Association volunteer Larry Einer said of how the map was drawn. “We’ve set the boundaries to not include residential sidewalks or sidewalks that touch the church or school within the boundaries. It’s about how to respect and put that in place in a way that’s uniquely Westwood. and does not infringe on the residential The Westwood Civic Association estimates that 300 people came to the unofficial launch Companies like Wondercade, West Side Brewery and Ivory House are all taking part in the outdoor initiatives Customers can purchase a specific DORA mug to attend put in their drink that they purchased from a participating business. From there, people can drink outside the bar or restaurant property but must stay within the district boundaries. Those who want a refill or a new drink must purchase a new cup Westwood’s DORA is in operation Monday through Friday 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and weekends 12 p.m. er during school and afternoon recreation hours. WCA said a grand opening for its DORA district is scheduled for May 5 at 6 p.m. and will feature Cincinnati Mayor Aftab Pureval and live music. Take-out drinks have grown in popularity during the pandemic to help local businesses survive. Blue Ash is also planning to create its own DORA district to boost businesses and attract more visitors to the area. The City of Blue Ash told WLWT that the proposed neighborhood is over 100 acres and includes most of Summit Park as well as the Summit Park Development neighborhoods south of the park. In a letter sent to businesses, the city says it will provide DORA-specific cups for businesses to purchase in bulk. The city also said in the email that if the district passes, it would be responsible for putting in place signage and boundary rules before the district officially opens. The Brown Dog Cafe in Summit Park is already planning how it would handle traffic and the DORA Cup market. to customers. Its managing director is all for the proposal with the financial benefits it could bring to businesses and neighbors who want to stay in the area and have a good time. “They think it’s a good idea that they can have a booze and walk around and not have to worry about breaking the rules,” Brown Dog Cafe general manager Max Pelkey ​​said. said she plans to vote on the issue on April 24. If passed, the City of Blue Ash plans to launch the DORA neighborhood on June 1.

As temperatures begin to climb, outdoor plans for spring and summer continue to emerge in Greater Cincinnati.

For many parts of the city, this is their first full season of a hot month with owning or promising a designated outdoor cooling area known as “DORA” in their area. Neighborhoods have sprung up in places like The Banks, Milford and Hamilton.

March saw the grand opening of a new DORA neighborhood in Westwood. The Cincinnati West Side neighborhood hosted a soft opening of its neighborhood on St. Patrick’s Day. The neighborhood is centered along the Westwood portion of Harrison Avenue. To see a full DORA map, click here.

“We wanted to define everything about it,” Westwood Civic Association volunteer Larry Einer said of how the map was drawn. “We’ve set the boundaries to not include residential sidewalks or sidewalks that touch the church or school within the boundaries. It’s about how to respect and put that in place in a way that’s uniquely Westwood. and does not infringe the residential domains.”

The Westwood Civic Association estimates that 300 people came to the unofficial launch.

Companies like Wondercade, West Side Brewery and Ivory House all participate in outdoor initiatives. Customers can purchase a specific DORA cup to put their beverage that they purchased from a participating business. From there, people can drink outside the bar or restaurant property but must stay within the district boundaries. Those who want a refill or a new drink must buy a new cup.

The Westwood DORA is in operation Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and weekends from noon to 11 p.m. WCA says this is to accommodate school and afternoon recess hours. WCA said a grand opening for its DORA district is scheduled for May 5 at 6 p.m. and will feature Cincinnati Mayor Aftab Pureval and live music.

Take-out drinks have grown in popularity during the pandemic to help local businesses survive. Blue Ash is also planning to create its own DORA district to boost businesses and attract more visitors to the area.

The Town of Blue Ash told WLWT that the proposed district is over 100 acres and includes most of Summit Park as well as the development of Summit Park neighborhoods south of the park. In a letter sent to businesses, the city says it will provide DORA-specific cups for businesses to purchase in bulk. The city also said in the email that if the district passes, it would be responsible for putting in place signage and boundary rules before the district officially opens.

The Brown Dog Cafe in Summit Park is already planning how it would handle DORA cup traffic and market it to customers. Its general manager is wholeheartedly on board with the proposal with the financial benefits it could bring to businesses and neighbors wanting to stay in the area and have a good time.

“They think it’s a good idea that they can have a booze and walk around and not have to worry about breaking the rules,” Brown Dog Cafe general manager Max Pelkey ​​said.

The City of Blue Ash is set to host a public comment section on the proposed DORA neighborhood at Thursday’s city council meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. The city said it plans to vote on the issue on April 24. If passed, the City of Blue Ash plans to launch the DORA neighborhood on June 1.

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