The wait is over for a new cocktail bar that aims to take you into the past.
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“People will be able to experience our spirits in quality cocktails,” Mike LaSelle, the co-owner of Belle of Dayton, said.
The distillery is located at 122 Van Buren St. in Dayton’s Oregon Historic District.
The room is next to the distillery operations and designed to pay homage to the original Belle of Dayton bottle discovered in a pile of broken glass near a Prohibition-era speakeasy that once operated in downtown Dayton.
As our Mark Fisher first reported in May, Belle of Dayton describes the room as “an intimate space, including windows looking into the federally bonded distillery, with an early 1900s look and feel.”
A 2016 change to state law made the room possible.
House Bill 351 allowed distilleries to obtain a permit allowing them to serve their distilled liquor — and other alcoholic beverages — by the glass for consumption on the distillery’s premises.
The Van Buren Room will serve its spirit with other liquors if Belle of Dayton varieties are not available.
The room will seat about 50 and be open 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. It will be open 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tuesdays to Thursdays.
LaSelle said people are going to be blown away by the space.
It makes use of many vintage items, including a horse trolley rail that dates back to 1910.