The City of New Albany’s new Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area officially launches just in time to celebrate our annual Founder’s Day on May 21, 2022. Special hours for Founders Day will be noon to 10 p.m.
Village Center DORA is designed to bring people together to enjoy all that Village Center has to offer while supporting our local restaurants, bars and shops. Now, residents and visitors can enjoy an alcoholic beverage within our designated outdoor refreshment area while shopping, strolling or socializing. It’s another way that the City continues to identify innovative ways to creating an inviting, connected, walkable hub of activity.
According to the Ohio Revised Code 4301.82, a DORA is a specific area within a community, exempt from open container provisions of Ohio law. The DORA legally allows patrons to purchase and openly carry alcoholic beverages from participating bars and restaurants and then take those drinks, in designated containers, with them outside and into other participating businesses and retail shops within the DORA boundaries. Only qualified permit holders within the DORA can dispense the alcohol.