The Bexley Patio
'Designated Outdooor Refreshment Area'
Bexley's Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area, The Bexley Patio, establishes a boundary on Main Street where patrons and purchase and carry an open alcoholic beverage from participating Bexley restaurants and businesses. Cheers!
How it Works:
- Purchase your drink from one of the seven participating establishments.
- Once purchased, you'll receive a DORA wristband which should be worn while walking along Main Street.
- Ensure you're enjoying your drink within the DORA boundary. Keep an eye out for signage!
- The DORA is in effect 7 days a week, however the start time begins earlier on Saturdays and Sundays.
- The plastic cup you receive your drink in are 100% compostable – including the sticker! If you participate in our Curbside Composting Program, you can toss your cup in your compost bin. Mother Earth thanks you!
DORA Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday: 4:00 - 10:00 pm
Saturday-Sunday: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
- Moshi Sushi
- Rusty Bucket
- Giuseppe’s Ritrovo
- Harvest Pizza
- Kittie’s Cafe
- Cafe Istanbul
The DORA will be in operation from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm Monday - Friday, and 11:00 am to 10:00 pm Saturday and Sunday. Extended times for special events may be established by the Mayor with the concurrence by a vote of City Council. Such concurrence would be made by motion.
- “The Bexley Patio” will be a Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area commonly referred to as a DORA;
- DORAs allow qualified liquor permit holding establishments to serve alcoholic beverages in a specified cup pursuant to the law within the designated DORA area during designated DORA hours;
- The proposed DORA would encompass Main Street between Parkview and Cassingham, allowing for customers of dining establishments to travel beyond conventional property lines with alcoholic beverages.
- To help provide an economic benefit to Bexley restaurants;
- Encourage social distancing;
- Increase accessibility to outdoor dining in front of liquor permit holders;
- Provide restaurants with options beyond current requirements for fencing around a dining area.
In accordance with Ohio Rev. Code §§4301.82(B)(5), 4301.82(F)(1)(d), 4301.82(F)(1)(e) and 4301.82(F)(1)(f), the requirements for ensuring public safety and maintaining the appearance and public health of the area within the DORA are outlined below.
- The Safety Plan will help to ensure public safety within the DORA and will designate the number of personnel needed to execute the Safety Plan as follows:
- The Bexley Police Department (“BPD”) has multiple resources to maintain public safety within the DORA to include the downtown core business district. BPD has flexibility when deploying resources and has strong experience in dealing with large crowds in the Main Street District.
- Given the potential for increased pedestrian traffic within the DORA during the times it is in effect, directed staffing shall be applied by the BPD to ensure public safety. This will consist of a minimum of one police officer who will patrol the DORA district as a part of their assigned patrol responsibility.
- The on-duty BPD supervisor will ensure that appropriate measures are taken for adequate staffing and supervision of activities occurring during DORA operational hours, based upon attendance and nature of events.
- The Chief of Police may assign additional officers to events occurring within the DORA or establish other staffing mandates based upon activities that are expected to occur. To help supplement the regularly-scheduled BPD officer(s) on peak weekdays and/or weekends, extra dedicated officers may be assigned to the DORA either by the BPD, or may be contracted for service through the City of Bexley by liquor permit businesses within the DORA who shall pay to the City the special duty cost for providing the extra officer(s). The primary responsibility of the contracted officer(s) will be the DORA district. If extra dedicated officers are required to be assigned to the DORA due to a special event that is being presented by an organization, the presenting organization also will be required to share equally in the special duty cost of the extra duty officer(s).
- Beginning with the commencement of the DORA and continuing for a period of twelve (12) consecutive months, the Chief of Police and other members of the City of Bexley’s staff, as directed by the Mayor, shall meet monthly to review the Safety Plan herein to determine whether updates, modifications, or supplementation may be advisable or required. The Chief of Police and/or Mayor may invite other City department staff members or DORA stakeholders to the meetings to determine if the Safety Plan should be changed. In the event it is determined that the safety plan should be changed, such changes shall be presented to City Council for consideration and implementation. The Chief of Police has determined that the Safety Plan described herein is sufficient to maintain public safety within the DORA. This Safety Plan can be executed with the existing personnel of the City of Bexley.
Initially, the City intends to use existing code enforcement tools and refuse collection practice to maintain the appearance and health of the Main Street area and to ensure that the area is not adversely impacted by the DORA.
Each qualified liquor permit holder will be required to provide and maintain a trash receptacle and a compost receptacle at all entrance/exit points at their individual establishments. The permit holders shall each be responsible for collecting litter near or around each of their occupied premises. The permit holders shall each be responsible for ensuring that compost receptacles are not contaminated with non-compostable waste, and that compostable waste be brought to a centralized collection point, provided by the City of Bexley Service Department. At a bare minimum, the compost receptacle shall feature signage indicating that DORA cups shall be disposed of in compost receptacles.
Trash and recycling receptacles will be distributed and serviced throughout the DORA area by the City of Bexley Service Department. The Department will regularly empty the receptacles, dispose of trash, and install heavy duty trash bags into the trash receptacles on a weekly basis, or as needed based upon activities and events occurring in the area.
Upon approval of the Service Director for the City, additional receptacles may be added by the City or any qualified permit holder, and the servicing of such receptacles shall remain the responsibility of the installing entity.
The Service Director shall evaluate the need for, and frequency of, street sweeping and servicing of trash receptacles, and, if needed or advisable, shall implement changes or modifications to the Sanitation Plan from the commencement of the DORA until its dissolution.
The Directors of the Service Department has determined that the Sanitation Plan described herein is sufficient to help maintain the appearance and public health within the DORA. This Sanitation Plan can be executed with the existing personnel of the City of Bexley.