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End of an era and a new beginning for Dayton beer pioneer

A local beer bar and restaurant that was a pioneer of the craft beer movement in the Dayton area shut the doors of its original location, but its second, newer location will remain open.

Chappys Tap Room and Grille at 2733 West Alex-Bell Road near Springboro Pike (Ohio 741) in Moraine — which opened in 2007 and helped lay the groundwork for the Dayton area’s thriving brewery scene — consolidated operations to Chappy's Social House at 7880 Washington Village Drive in Washington Twp.

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The Moraine pub’s lease expired at the end of June, and consolidating to the larger Centerville-area location “was always our plan,” Chappys co-founder and co-owner Lori Yanko Camplin told this news outlet today. All employees of the Moraine location were offered positions at the Washington Twp. location, Camplin said. 

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Going forward, Chappys Social House will be open seven days a week at 11 a.m., Camplin said. All gift cards and beer-club cards from the Moraine location will be honored at the Washington Village Drive pub. 

The bar and lounge at Chappys Tap Room and Grille on 2733 W. Alex Bell Road in Moraine. Staff Photo by (Teesha McClam) (Teesha McClam)

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“We appreciate all the great times we shared with you at the Moraine location and look forward to making more memories at the Centerville location. We will have Trivia on Mondays and Pint Night on Thursdays,” Camplin said on the Beer Geeks Dayton Ohio Chapter Facebook page. She and her husband and Chappys co-founder Dave Camplin will “be at the Moraine location Saturday night, so you can stop in and help us say goodbye to the place that started it all!”

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Along with Boston’s Bistro & Pub in downtown Dayton, which later moved to Harrison Twp. before closing in 2016, Chappys Tap Room & Grille helped slake the Dayton area’s early thirst for craft beer in the most recent wave of enthusiasm for craft brews. The original Chappys was the site of the first few Cask Ale AleFests, an event that was revived after a five-year hiatus just last weekend in downtown Dayton. 

A server offers up an ale directly from the cask at the annual AleFest Cask event held at Chappies Taproom and Grill on Alex Bell Rd. June of 2009. Staff file photo by Jim Witmer

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The Chappys Social House in Washington Twp. opened in August 2015 in the former Champps sports bar space, eight years after the original location opened. It seats more than 300. 

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