Sneak peek inside Century Bar’s future home

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Joe Head said he and business partner??Diane Spitzig have signed a lease to move the??Century Bar next door to the former??Dayton Power and Light Building at 18 to 20 S. Jefferson St.

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Distance wise, Dayton’s favorite bourbon bar is moving just a few feet.

The Century Bar is moving from 10 Jefferson Street, next door to 18 to 20 S. Jefferson St. The first floor of  the new space is pictured. It will house the Century Bat.
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The Century Bar is moving from 10 Jefferson Street, next door to 18 to 20 S. Jefferson St. The first floor of the new space is pictured. It will house the Century Bat.

Credit: Amelia Robinson

Credit: Amelia Robinson

>> Century Bar moving to bigger space

But if things go as Joe Head and business partner Diane Spitzig plan, the move to the former Dayton Power and Light Building at 18 to 20 S. Jefferson St. from the bar's relatively cramped quarters at 10 S. Jefferson St. will be major in all other respects.

  

"We know how cool Dayton is; it is just time to let everybody else know," Head recently told us during a Facebook Live sneak preview tour.  "We think our space will better represent who we are as a business today. We are just a stronger, bigger Century."

The building is expected to open at its new location this summer.

The Century Bar’s move is part of the renovation of the area dubbed the Fire Blocks District.

The first floor of the building will be the nationally recognized bar’s new home and house its historic back bar as well as a new bar for bourbon “nerds.”

  
The Century Bar is moving from 10 Jefferson Street, next door to 18 to 20 S. Jefferson St, the former Dayton Power and Light Building.  Co-owner Joe Head is pictured on the building's first floor of the old DP&L building.
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The Century Bar is moving from 10 Jefferson Street, next door to 18 to 20 S. Jefferson St, the former Dayton Power and Light Building. Co-owner Joe Head is pictured on the building's first floor of the old DP&L building.

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Credit: Amelia Robinson

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Head recently told us the yet-to-be named second floor of the bar’s new building would hold a separate cocktail and wine lounge. Desserts would be served.

Previous plans for a speakeasy-style club have been scrapped.

He and Spitzig have signed a lease with Fire Blocks District developer Windsor Companies to move to the roughly 9,000-square-foot location that has set empty for decades.

The Century Bar is moving from 10 Jefferson Street, next door to 18 to 20 S. Jefferson St. The second floor of that building is pictured.
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The Century Bar is moving from 10 Jefferson Street, next door to 18 to 20 S. Jefferson St. The second floor of that building is pictured.

Credit: Amelia Robinson

Credit: Amelia Robinson

>> Then and Now: Historic photos of the Century Bar 

The building’s third floor would be managed by the Century Bar as part of a partnership with Windsor and used for catered events and private parties. Plans call for a kitchen.

Head showed us around the new space.

The Century Bar is moving from 10 Jefferson Street, next door to 18 to 20 S. Jefferson St. Co-owner Joe Head looks out of a third floor window.
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The Century Bar is moving from 10 Jefferson Street, next door to 18 to 20 S. Jefferson St. Co-owner Joe Head looks out of a third floor window.

Credit: Amelia Robinson

Credit: Amelia Robinson

The Century Bar is moving from 10 Jefferson Street, next door to 18 to 20 S. Jefferson St. View from the third floor window.
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The Century Bar is moving from 10 Jefferson Street, next door to 18 to 20 S. Jefferson St. View from the third floor window.

Credit: Amelia Robinson

Credit: Amelia Robinson

The Century Bar is moving from 10 Jefferson Street, next door to 18 to 20 S. Jefferson St. The second floor of that building is pictured.
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The Century Bar is moving from 10 Jefferson Street, next door to 18 to 20 S. Jefferson St. The second floor of that building is pictured.

Credit: Amelia Robinson

Credit: Amelia Robinson