Who’s selling carryout cocktails? Oregon District’s oldest tavern, home of the Bad Juan and more

Trolley Stop in the Oregon District is among the restaurants now offering carryout cocktails with carryout food.
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Trolley Stop in the Oregon District is among the restaurants now offering carryout cocktails with carryout food.

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Credit: Trolley Stop

Several other eateries are also offer carryout drinks.

One of Dayton’s oldest taverns is among the watering holes shaking it up again by offering cocktails in hopes of raising profits.

"If sales increased, we can bring back some of our people," Robin Sassenberg, the owner of The Trolley Stop, 530 E. 5th St. in the Oregon District, said.

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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced Tuesday, April 7, that restaurants with a liquor license for on-premises consumption can now sell pre-packaged cocktails to go with a meal.

>> CARRYOUT COCKTAILS: Licensed Ohio restaurants can now serve alcoholic drinks to go 

Yellow Cab Tavern, as part of a partnership with The Pizza BanditBillie Gold Bubble TeaTwisted Taco Dayton and HaolePino Hawaiian-Filipino Island Cuisine, will offer a list of drinks that will include classic cocktails, Cherry Bombs Boozy Bubble Tea and the Bushwackers and other boozy milkshakes Thursday through Sunday.

Elsa's Mexican Restaurant was among the first eateries to announce it would offer carryout Bad Juans and other cocktails at its locations.

The owners of Century Bar in downtown Dayton and the Van Buren Room in the Oregon District are among those who say they cannot offer carryout cocktails because they do not currently offer food.

“As much as we miss all of you — we don’t want to put you or our staff in jeopardy. In two or three weeks when we see how things are going, we might look at partnering with a neighbor for a box lunch and serve you cocktails with it,” a post on the Century Bar’s Facebook page says.

Trolley Stop in the Oregon District is among the restaurants now offering carryout cocktails with carryout food.
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Trolley Stop in the Oregon District is among the restaurants now offering carryout cocktails with carryout food.

Credit: Trolley Stop

Credit: Trolley Stop

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The Trolley Stop is the city's oldest continually-operating bar.

Established as the Liquor Room in the mid-1880s, the bar was named The Trolley Stop between 1976 and 1978 as gentrification transformed the neighborhood.

Trolley Stop in the Oregon District is among the restaurants now offering carryout cocktails with carryout food.
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Trolley Stop in the Oregon District is among the restaurants now offering carryout cocktails with carryout food.

Credit: Trolley Stop

Credit: Trolley Stop

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The restaurant’s carryout food options, including Herbie Dip and Chips, blueberry pie, veggie chickpea salad, dill pickle soup and the club sandwich, cost $9 or less.

Drink specials will start around $6.

Trolley Stop in the Oregon District is among the restaurants now offering carryout cocktails with carryout food.
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Trolley Stop in the Oregon District is among the restaurants now offering carryout cocktails with carryout food.

Credit: Trolley Stop

Credit: Trolley Stop

The Trolley Stop was already selling carryout beer and wine and Bloody Mary and mimosa mix kits.

Now any cocktail can be made to go, Sassenberg said.

Trolley Stop in the Oregon District is among the restaurants now offering carryout cocktails with carryout food.
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Trolley Stop in the Oregon District is among the restaurants now offering carryout cocktails with carryout food.

Credit: Trolley Stop

Credit: Trolley Stop

“We'll feature something daily to go with our food feature,” she said. “Tomorrow (Thursday, March 8) we are having beef or vegan burritos, and margaritas.”

>> CARRYOUT COCKTAILS: Licensed Ohio restaurants can now serve alcoholic drinks to go