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Westwood DORA open for Cinco de Mayo

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Posted at 8:05 AM, May 05, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-05 17:29:16-04

CINCINNATI — The DORA in Westwood is will be open Thursday for Cinco de Mayo. A previously planned grand opening for the outdoor drinking space was postponed for weather, with no new date set yet.

The Designated Outdoor Drinking Area, DORA, had a soft opening back in March for St. Patrick's Day, but leaders want the entire community to know that the DORA is now in effect.

The DORA in Westwood stretches along Harrison Avenue from about Wondercade near Montclair Avenue to Ivory House, which is just after Montana Avenue.

You can visit 11 different businesses, including Westside Brewing, to buy a drink and then walk back outside or to other businesses to enjoy it.

The DORA is open from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays and noon to 11 p.m. on weekends.

Officials said the goal of the DORA was to continue revitalization in the neighborhood and to attract new visitors and businesses.

Westside Brewing General Manager Adam Wiggins said they've probably seen the most success from the DORA, selling about 1,000 cups since March.

Lauren Shipp, general manager of Nation Kitchen and Bar, also located within the DORA, said they've sold hundreds of cups since the soft opening happend in March.

"Every nice weekend we've had, we've had a ton of people," said Shipp. "We try to push the DORA a little but for people who are waiting to eat at our restaurant so people can walk around and have some fun before they come in and eat."

Keep in mind, if you’re going to purchase an alcoholic beverage to take outside, it has to be in a designated DORA cup — this is not a BYOB scenario.

Westside Brewing hopes neighboring businesses see great success as well.

“I think it's going to bring more people to this area... more people is going to mean better streets, more parking, there's going to be more stuff for this community,” Wiggins said.

“Bigger events in the park, more markets, concerts, all sorts of fun stuff.”

Wiggins says some of the hesitation about the DORA was the cleanup and making sure sanitation can keep up with the extra trash. Despite that worry, he says there isn’t a problem yet.

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