NEW DETAILS: Signs of life at a former Kettering bar that closed more than 2 years ago

There are encouraging signs of life at a former bar and grill tenant space in Kettering.

The former Tink’s Bar & Grill shut its doors and auctioned off its contents in early 2016 at 2049 E. Dorothy Lane in Kettering, and the space has been vacant since.

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But on Wednesday June 27, a limited liability corporation, “2049 E Dorothy Lane LLC,” doing business as “Bar Time,” applied to the Ohio Division of Liquor Control for a full liquor license for that space, which is located in a small strip retail center across from the Elder-Beerman store just west of Woodman Drive. Before Tink’s, the space previously housed Wize Guyz and several other bar-nightclubs going back decades.

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A liquor-license application does not always lead to the opening of a new establishment. It is often done early in the exploratory stages of a new business, which must overcome many other obstacles from financing to zoning and construction issues before opening its doors. But such an application indicates at least an interest in retail space that has been shuttered for more than two years.

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The area around the former Tink’s has seen setbacks in recent years, and is about to lose the Elder-Beerman store in the Kettering Towne Center across the street, because of that department store chain’s bankruptcy. But recent successes include Archer’s Tavern, which moved into a former chain steakhouse that had closed in a Kettering Towne Center outlot, and nearby Rapid Fired Pizza, which brought a shuttered former Krispy Kreme doughnut shop back to life.

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We are seeking details about “Bar Time” and will update this story with any new information.

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