Christmas event in Mason marks start of city’s new outdoor drinking zone

Mason’s newly established Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area, or DORA, starts Dec. 7.

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Mason’s newly established Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area, or DORA, starts Dec. 7.

When the city of Mason hosts its annual tree lighting ceremony on Friday, Dec. 7, it will also mark the kickoff to the city's newly established Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area, or DORA.

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A DORA is an area approved by City Council that allows those ages 21 and older to buy alcoholic beverages in a designated cup from permitted businesses and carry the beverages onto public property.

“Mason’s Downtown is a growing vibrant community,” the city said in a statement. “Establishing a DORA is another tool to help promote Mason’s growing vibrant downtown as a destination for dining, retail and entertainment.”

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The proposed boundaries of the DORA are from Dawson Street (near Wildflower Café ) to 4th Avenue throughout Downtown Mason. Signs will notify patrons of the DORA boundaries.

These businesses already have the necessary qualifying liquor permit to serve DORA beverages, according to the city:

• Wildflower Café

• Common Beer Company

• Pleasure Inn

• Banana Leaf Modern Thai

• VFW Post 9622

• Two Cities Pizza

• Quatman’s Café

• Aponte’s Pizzeria

• Troys Café

• American Legion Post 194

To learn more about the city's DORA, click here.

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