1900s-themed cocktail bar opening in Oregon District this week

The wait is almost over for a new cocktail bar that aims to take you into the past. 

Mike LaSelle, the co-owner of Belle of Dayton, said the distillery will open its eagerly-awaited Van Buren Room Friday….

Drink: Central Ohio Spirits 2.0

Much like the local brewing scene, Central Ohio distillers are poised for rapid expansion. In recent years, Watershed Distillery and Middle West Spirits have spearheaded growth by introducing small-batch craft spirits to a wider audience and pushing for legislative changes that loosened restrictions on distilleries’ ability to own restaurants and serve directly to customers. As a result, a wave of nascent distillers are crafting traditional spirits and testing original ones, opening tasting rooms and even restaurants. We checked in with the newcomers, both already open and on the way.

Dayton distillery to expand operations, serve craft cocktails

A Dayton distillery will expand and begin serving craft cocktails this summer.

Belle of Dayton Distillery, located at 122 Van Buren St. in the Oregon District, will be permitted to serve craft cocktails on its premises as a result of the passage of House Bill 351, which allows Ohio distilleries to serve spirits and other alcoholic drinks by the glass onsite...