Earlier this month, Lock 27 Brewing launched a poll on their Facebook page, hoping to get feedback on their patrons’ downtown parking woes.
Located just outside of Dayton Dragon’s stadium at 329 E. 1st St., the brewery currently does not offer a parking lot or designated street parking options, though their website does provide a parking map.
“Parking is a new experience for a lot of people,” said Steve Barnhart, owner of Lock 27. “For too long, people have become accustomed to large parking lots at malls. We want to serve not just Dayton, but the region, while existing in the urban environment.”
In effort to actively work towards downtown parking solutions, Lock 27 launched the Facebook poll Jan. 3, 2018 requesting feedback on two possible solutions.
Since it was posted, the poll received more than 350 votes, with 43% of customers favoring the shuttle option and 57% favoring the valet option. Voting ended at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10.
“We were surprised to see valet won out. We weren’t sure how people felt about valet because it tends to have a negative cache, but really it fundamentally works better as an immediate service.” Barnhart explains.
Though no plans have been set in stone for how exactly the valet service will work, the brewery plans to outsource this service to a local valet company.
Valet will become available during peak hours, but will not be offered during game days or festivals due to congestion in parking garages and downtown.