New Kettering bar for gamers sets opening date

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New Kettering bar for gamers sets opening date

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“D20: A Bar with Characters” is under development at 2144 E. Whipp Road in the Oak Creek Plaza. Photo from D20 Facebook page

The Kettering bar named “D20: A Bar with Characters,” under development at 2144 E. Whipp Road in the Oak Creek Plaza, has set a tentative opening date.

“Our TENTATIVE opening date is December 2,” D20’s founders wrote on the bar’s Facebook page. “Stay tuned for more specific information coming soon.”

D20 will offer board games and table-top gaming along with craft beers and other drinks.

“This will be very different from any other bar in Dayton,” Andrew Sparks, co-founder of D20 with Christine Cooper, told us in August.

The bar will not have any televisions, but will have more than 200 board games and table-top games available, ranging from Candyland to Risk to Axis & Allies, Sparks said. The intent is to create “almost a coffee-shop vibe,” he said. The D20 name refers to a 20-sided die — or dice — used in some role-playing games.

The 2,500-square-foot space, which previously housed a women’s fitness center and a cell phone store, will have occupancy for 60 to 65.

The “Hole in the Wall” bar in Dayton’s Oregon District has been offering free arcade games for nearly three years, but the trend has been picking up steam in recent months, with two other gamer-friendly bars in addition to D20 under development. Bar 145 coming soon to the Austin Landing development in Miami Twp. plans to devote about half of its space to a “Reset” gamer bar, and Canal Street Arcade & Deli is in the works in the former Canal Street music space in downtown Dayton.

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