A Kettering space that has held several bars and music clubs over the decades — and which has been vacant for more than three years — has been revived.
"The Bar Time" is now open at 2049 E. Dorothy Lane, in a small retail center just west of Woodman Drive and across the street from the Kettering Towne Center. The space previously housed Tink's Bar & Grill, which shut its doors in early 2016. Before Tink's, the space previously housed Wize Guyz and several other bar-nightclubs going back decades.
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The bar has undergone extensive renovations over the past year under the direction of The Bar Time’s founder and owner, Dean Liakakos, who also owns and operates Kings Table Bar & Grill in Beavercreek, which he opened in 2005. Liakakos said he liked the new Kettering bar’s location, between The Greene Town Center and Fraze Pavilion.
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Like Kings Table, The Bar Time has a focus on craft beer. The new Kettering bar has 32 taps, most of them devoted to craft beers, including several from Dayton-area craft breweries. The taps also include two cream-soda options and a Moscow Mule cocktail. The Bar Time also boasts a variety of bourbons and Scotch whiskies.
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The area around The Bar Time has seen some setbacks in recent years, most notably the 2018 loss of the Elder-Beerman store in the Kettering Towne Center across the street, after that department store chain filed for bankruptcy last year. But recent successes nearby include Archer’s Tavern, which moved into a former chain steakhouse in a Kettering Towne Center outlot in 2016, a few months before Rapid Fired Pizza brought a shuttered former Krispy Kreme doughnut shop back to life in December 2016.
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The Bar Time’s opening-week hours are 3:15 p.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and 3:15 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, closed Sunday through Tuesday. Liakakos said he plans to expand hours in the weeks and months ahead.
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For more information, check out The Bar Time Facebook page or call (937) 985-9012.