DORA takes effect in downtown Zanesville

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ZANESVILLE – The designated outdoor refreshment zone, known as DORA, will take effect today in downtown Zanesville, just in time for the first Friday Art Walk.

The area stretches from Secrest Auditorium in the north to the area around Weasel Boy Brewing in the south, Seventh Street in the east, and the Muskingum River in the west. The edges of the DORA would be marked by signage. The DORA avoids residential areas and includes two city parks to allow for special events that may include alcohol sales, such as Independence Day celebrations.

DORA will allow customers of legal age to purchase an alcoholic beverage at one of the participating establishments in the region and transport that beverage to any other participating establishment. Guests can only walk around with drinks from Weasel Boy Brewing Company, American Legion, Urban Comforts, Bryan Place, Old Market House Inn, and Muddy Misers. All are holders of permits included in the DORA. The city purchased stickers to place on the clear plastic cups required to designate legally purchased drinks. Customers are not allowed to leave the area or bring alcohol purchased outside the area into the DORA. DORA’s hours of operation are from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Thursdays and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

The DORA is linked to the downtown revitalization district added by the city in 2018. This plan authorizes a total of seven liquor licenses in part of the city center.

By state law, towns the size of Zanesville are only allowed one DORA, large towns may have more than one.

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