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Expanded DORA will provide outdoor dining, safe gathering in Old Hilliard

Posted May 27, 2020 in Community Events by Mary Smith

Dining in Old Hilliard will have a different feel this summer after Hilliard City Council voted Tuesday to expand the designated outdoor refreshment area (DORA) in support of local businesses.

In a 7-0 vote, Council approved legislation expanding the DORA boundaries and adding additional dates for the DORA in Old Hilliard. This decision will expand dining areas at a time when state social distancing requirements for restaurants limit the number of patrons inside.

The plan is to allow for additional outdoor seating for downtown restaurants while also promoting social distancing.

“Old Hilliard’s restaurants and other businesses are an important economic driver for our community, and our residents see this area as a social hub for the community,” said City Manager Michelle Crandall. “Extending the boundaries and hours of the DORA is a logical extension of the partnership the City has with Old Hilliard businesses.”

Council’s 7-0 vote reflects support of this opportunity to encourage people to come to Old Hilliard for dining and beverages while still respecting the state’s social distancing requirements.

The DORA will be in effect June 3 through Aug. 15 from 4-9 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays. Both the expanded footprint and additional dates throughout the week are designed to provide a fun, family-friendly outdoor venue for residents.