Public Notice – Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area

Posted February 24, 2017 in City Council by Anna Subler

City of Hilliard – Proposed Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA)

To bring in the 2017 summer activities in Old Hilliard, Hilliard Mayor Don Schonhardt has submitted an application for a new DORA district – a Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area. Hilliard is hoping to create such an area following the passage of ORC section 43081.82 that allows cities to designate an outdoor area in which participants can purchase alcoholic beverages from set locations and take them outside in the allotted area. The designated Old Hilliard district (5.2 square acres of Old Hilliard) will only be open for such activity for dates and times as specified in legislation being presented to City Council on March 27, 2017.

Participating patrons will be able to purchase beverages from four locations in Old Hilliard that will be marked with a specific logo or sticker that shows the beverage was purchased from an approved location. A drink purchased at one location can be taken outside into the allotted area, but cannot be taken into another establishment.

The four liquor establishments within Hilliard’s proposed DORA District are Abner’s Casual Dining, Old Bag of Nails, Sports on Tap, and Oties Tavern & Grill. The City said that public intoxication laws will still be enforced in the area, and that outside beverages cannot be brought in by patrons. Open container laws will apply to such violations.


Designated Old Hilliard DORA Boundaries

The City of Hilliard adopted a Comprehensive Plan in 2011 and this plan addressed land use within the City and specifically labeled Old Hilliard as a focus area. Old Hilliard is the historic center of the City and the Plan recognizes the need to create a pedestrian-friendly environment, encourage events, and enhance the image of Old Hilliard. The proposed DORA is in accord with these principles. First, the DORA will create an area where pedestrians are welcome to enjoy Old Hilliard. Pedestrians will be able to meander between the restaurants and Hilliard’s Station Park where many public events are held that invite a diverse group of people into Old Hilliard. The DORA may also encourage the scheduling of private events (e.g. birthday parties, wedding rehearsal dinners, etc.) at one of the four qualified permit holders at the same time that events are being held at Hilliard’s Station Park. These private parties would bring even more people to Old Hilliard. Third and finally, the establishment of the DORA will be an excellent opportunity for the City to capitalize on the opportunity for residents to see all of the positive changes in Old Hilliard. The City has worked hard to revitalize and energize Old Hilliard with the creation of multiple parks, enhancing the Heritage Rail to Trails and re-developing the area into a pedestrian friendly hub of activity. Establishing a DORA will help capitalize on these efforts.

Public Notice

Hilliard City Council received an application to establish a Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area pursuant to R.C. Section 4301.82. The Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area Application is on file in the Clerk of Council’s Office and is available for viewing between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 3800 Municipal Way. You may also view a copy of the Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area Application on the City Council page on the City’s website: Hilliard City Council will convene a public meeting on March 27, 2017, to modify, approve or disapprove the application. All meetings will take place at City Hall, 3800 Municipal Way. All meetings are open to the public and interested citizens are invited to attend and participate. Those citizens having special needs requests should contact the Clerk of Council, at (614) 334-2365 or email:

Read the DORA Application Here: Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area Application