Century Bar’s downtown speakeasy coming, owner says

Published: Tuesday, July 04, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Century Bar in Dayton has once again made the Bourbon Review’s top list of Midwest bourbon bars. Photo source: Facebook.
Century Bar in Dayton has once again made the Bourbon Review’s top list of Midwest bourbon bars. Photo source: Facebook.

Work continues on the The Century Bar’s much-anticipated speakeasy. 

Joseph Head, the bar’s co-owner, said the wait for Kette's Kandies Spirited Treats will be over sooner than we know it. 

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He anticipates that the Prohibition-era speakeasy-themed cocktail bar will open to the public in late fall

Saturday, Dec. 5 marked the 82nd anniversary of the end of Prohibition. Accordingly, The Century Bar celebrated in style, with a festive Prohibition-themed cocktail menu. Plus, members of its Century Club and those who saw the password on its Facebook page, were granted a special, one-night glimpse of its upcoming speakeasy next door. (ANDREW SMITH/STAFF)

When completed, Kette's will operate in a 2,000-square-foot space behind the Century, 10 S. Jefferson St. It will be about 600 square feet larger than that Century

Plans for the speakeasy were announced in late 2015. Construction began in spring of 2016. 

The Century Bar is expected to open a a Prohibition-era speakeasy-themed cocktail bar. ANDREW SMITH / STAFF

>> Construction to begin on Century Bar's new 'speakeasy' in downtown Dayton

The businesses are located in the Fire Blocks District, being developed by The Ellway Group.

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The Century Bar plans to open a Prohibition-era speakeasy-themed cocktail bar. STAFF

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The co-creator of ‘Jaws’ will be in the Oregon District tonight -- here’s how to see him

Published: Friday, July 28, 2017 @ 10:11 AM

Susan Backlinie of Forest Hill High was the first victim in ‘Jaws.’ (Universal)
Susan Backlinie of Forest Hill High was the first victim in ‘Jaws.’ (Universal)

Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the comedy club... big “Jaws” news sneaks up on you. 

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Comedian Carl Gottlieb, the co-screenwriter of Jaws, will be at Wiley’s Comedy Joint tonight, July 28 to do live commentary during a screening of that movie.

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Admission is $10 for the 9:30 p.m. show. Doors open at 9 p.m.

Click here to purchase tickets in advance on Wiley’s website. 

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Directed by Steven Spielberg and based on Peter Benchley's 1974 novel of the same name, “Jaws” tells the story of a giant great white shark in love with killing people in the waters near a New England beach town.

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Gottlieb co-wrote the movie’s screenplay with Benchley. He also wrote the first two “Jaws” sequels and the classic “The Jerk” with Steve Martin

The legendary 1975 movie stars Roy ScheiderRichard DreyfussLorraine Gary and Robert Shaw as Quint. 


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Downtown bar makes ‘best of’ national list

Published: Thursday, July 27, 2017 @ 10:44 AM

Some of the oldest bars in Dayton

The hits just keep coming for one of downtown Dayton’s favorite watering holes. 

For the fifth consecutive year, The Century Bar at 10 S. Jefferson St. has been named one of “America’s 80 Best Bourbon Bars” by The Bourbon Review’s website.
Here is how the Century is described:

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No TV’s. No jukebox. Just 115 Bourbons and over 300 whiskies total to choose from while you listen to music from the 1930’s. The home of the former Kette & Sons Rye Whiskey Distillery, Century Bar also regularly holds blind tastings.

>> MORE: Daytonian of the Week: The Century’s Joseph Head

    The Century dates back to 1942 under that name and that location. The location’s history as a bar dates back even before then.

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    Steffen’s, a male-only “coffee shop,” opened three years after the Great Dayton Flood of 1913. 

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    Century Bar's summer cocktail "Remember the Maine" made with Rye Whiskey, Cherry Liqueur, Bitters, Bulleit Rye and Sweet Vermouth. JIM WITMER/STAFF

    The continuing recognition from Bourbon Review is not the only national acclaim that has been heaped upon the Century. In February 2015, Men’s Journal magazine’s website declared The Century one of the “10 Best Bourbon Bars in America,” describing it as “a small bar with a huge bourbon list, The Century is as devoted to the whiskey as any other place in America.”

    >> Daytonian of the Week: Century Bar owner Diane Spitzig

    And in October 2014, The Century made a list of the 15 best bourbon bars in America assembled by travelandleisure.com.

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    One of your favorite Oregon District hangouts just got its liquor permit

    Published: Thursday, July 20, 2017 @ 3:35 PM

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    One of the Oregon District’s most popular attractions now can sell alcohol from its new bar.

    The Yellow Cab Tavern, 700 E. Fourth St., recently received its full liquor license from the State of Ohio.

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    “It’s been a lot of work to get to this point,” Mark Jeffers, the tavern’s co-owner, said in a statement. “This place began with our non-profit arts group throwing some shows in an abandoned building. It was a hobby that has grown into something so much more. This next phase, as a fully licensed business, will allow us to do more of the events we love without all the constraints of temporary liquor licensing and insurance hassles. The vibe won’t change. There will just be more of it.”

    Yellow Cab recently made several improvements, including a new bar, sinks and coolers, and full men’s and women’s restrooms.

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    Local vendors set up shop with handmade wares to give and get for the holidays at the Old Yellow Cab Tavern in Dayton. (TOM GILLIAM)

    The venue will sell alcohol at Friday’s food truck rally. 

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    The licenses allow the venue to provide “sale of intoxicating liquor on Sunday between the hours 10:00 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. and midnight” and  have “spirituous liquor for on premises consumption only, beer, wine and mixed beverages for on premises, or off premises in original sealed containers, until 2:30 a.m., according to the Ohio Department of Commerce’s website.

    The Dayton Circus began hosting events at “The Old Yellow Cab Building” six years ago. 

    Tons of  concerts, art shows, poetry slams, food truck rallies, artisan markets and more events have been held there since. 

    Local vendors set up shop with handmade wares to give and get for the holidays at the Old Yellow Cab Tavern in Dayton. (TOM GILLIAM)

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    New arcade bar near downtown Dayton to have grand opening this weekend

    Published: Thursday, June 01, 2017 @ 1:16 PM

    Drinking tasty beverages while enjoying video and board games is no longer relegated to your dining room or your mom's basement. Dayton's fully on the arcade bar scene, and we've got where you need to go. (Video by Tabatha Wharton)

    The first of two new bar arcades set for greater downtown Dayton is ready to open, its co-owner said. 

    DK Effect will host a grand opening party this Saturday, June 10. According to their Facebook page, the area’s newest arcade bar opens at 4 p.m. and closes at midnight. 

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    The grand opening follows a successful soft opening that was held on Saturday, June 3. DK Effect remained open through the week. 

    “It has taken a while, but we are finally there,” Clark said. “This is really our step one of a broader redevelopment plan for East Third Street.” 

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    DK Effect is one of two bar arcades planned for the greater downtown area. It is located at 1600 East Third St. 

    The former 5th Street Deli has morphed into a new bar-arcade business, and will be located in the former Canal Street Tavern space located at 308 E. First St. 

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    Clark said he and a group of partners hope to acquire a nearby tire shop building for Gianino’s Pizza. That business will serve pizza, chicken wings and other items. 

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    This Saturday, DK Effect plans to offer 33 percent off of drinks during the soft open. Revelers will receive 10 drink tokens with each drink. PA’s Pork food truck will be on hand. 

    It will hold its grand opening beginning at noon on Saturday, featuring food from nearby Taqueria Mixteca.

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    Clark said S&S Meat House, a Dayton BBQ food truck, will be on site to sell food to bar arcade patrons on a regular basis. 

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