On June 3, the DORA (Downtown Outdoor Refreshment Area) went into effect in Canton with a kickoff celebration at Canton First Friday. Canton Mayor and various city officials, partook in the first beverages that could be enjoyed outside in the city. Downtown Canton has now become the third city in the state of Ohio that allows people to carry alcohol refreshments outdoors within a specific area. This new initiative will create new buzz and excitement and will benefit downtown businesses and artists in the Canton Arts District.
Here is all you need to know about Canton’s open container district:
Where are you allowed to carry your cups?
DORA spans 69 acres of downtown, mostly bounded by Sixth Street, McKinley Avenue, Fourth Street, and Walnut Avenue. Blue signs mark the parameters where patrons can walk with their alcohol.
What are the rules?
-Any drinks taken to go must be in a designated plastic 16-ounce cup
-Carryout drinks will be sold from noon to midnight daily at participating businesses
-No drinks may be carried from one establishment selling alcohol into another
-Drinks must be purchased from participating business
-Drinking in vehicles is not allowed, unless the vehicle is parked
-Every business that does not sell alcohol, has the right to decide if they will allow patrons to bring in the DORA beverages
-To-go cups will have $1 charge attached to them, on top of the establishments drink price.
Amvets Post 555
Basil Asian Bistro
Buzzbin Art and Music Shop
Canton Brewing Company
Canton Palace TheatreCork & Canvas on Third
Cultured Coffee and Waffles
Grapes in a Glass
Joseph Saxton Gallery of Photography
Napoli’s Italian Eatery
Picciano’s Martini Lounge
Picture Credit: Canton Repository