If things go as planned, downtown Dayton will have a lot more dining options come fall — plus a place to throw axes.
"By late summer, there should be six new businesses — bars, restaurants, fitness and cafes — in the Fire Blocks," Eric VanZwieten, a spokesman for Columbus-based Windsor Companies, told this news organization.
A new entertainment venue would include ax throwing.
“It is kind of a new, hip thing to do,” VanZwieten said. “It is a super fun activity to do with a group of friends, corporate (outings) and fitness.”
Windsor took over the development of the Fire Blocks District last summer with hopes of reinvigorating both sides of Third Street between St. Clair and Jefferson streets for commercial and residential use.
The bar dates back to 1942 under that name and at its current location, 10 S. Jefferson St. in the Fire Blocks.
As we reported last week, Maria and Eric Walusis, owners of Watermark restaurant in Miamisburg, are in negotiations to open a new restaurant in space at the corner of South Jefferson and East Third streets.
It would include The Century Bar’s current location, 10 S. Jefferson St.
The Fire Blocks developer has declined to identify potential tenants, but says they include an “elevated bar” concept, a coffee shop, a sports bar with a twist, and a games and entertainment destination unlike anything in Dayton.
A fitness studio also is looking to move into one of the ground-floor spaces, and so is a breakfast sandwich shop, he said.
He said a coffee shop from California also is planning to move into a different building on the south side of East Third Street. The Fire Blocks District is centered around the 100 block of East Third Street.
The Fire Blocks will host a fundraiser 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, in a basement used as a speakeasy in the prohibition era, VanZwieten said.
The benefit for the Dayton Victory Project, a non profit after-school program for disengaged boys, will feature Nashville based indie/folk band BRUNS. Local indie artists ISICLE and Noah Fogg will also perform.
A $7 donation will be accepted at the door. Guests will receive the secret code needed to enter the speakeasy after making a reservation on Windsor's website.