Liquor-license applications usually occur in the early stages of a new restaurant, pub or private club’s development and do not always lead to the opening of a new business, since the owners must navigate a host of regulatory and financial obstacles before serving their first customer.
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But the activity is an encouraging sign for the potential re-development of a space that has been vacant since Boston’s Bistro & Pub shut its doors in July 2016 after 35 years in business — the first quarter-century in downtown Dayton.
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The pub, which was a pioneer in the Dayton area’s craft-beer movement, lost its lease and was forced to move from East Second and Jefferson streets in downtown Dayton to the Harrison Twp. location in 2005. But the move was a homecoming of sorts for the pub’s founder and owner, David Boston, whose father had operated a Hungarian restaurant in the Harrison Twp. space in the 1950s and ’60s.