Dog’s Breath Tavern to morph into Phone Booth Lounge

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Dog’s Breath Tavern to morph into Phone Booth Lounge

The Phone Booth Lounge has found a new home, within days of shutting down its bar and music club on East Stroop Road in Kettering.

The Phone Booth will move a few miles south but will remain in Kettering: it will take over the Dog’s Breath Tavern at 1912 E. Whipp Road, which will operate through Wednesday night, Jan. 31 before passing the torch to Phone Booth owners Jack and Betty Wilderman.

The bar and music venue will be shut down for a couple of weeks for remodeling before re-opening in mid-February as the Phone Booth Lounge.

In December, Jack Wilderman said the inability to agree to terms of a sale with The Phone Booth’s property owner would force the club to shut down and move. When reached this morning, Wilderman said that aside from the disputes with the building’s owners, The Phone Booth also had outgrown its Stroop Road location, which is about 4,000 square feet. The new location is about 5,200 square feet, and the layout of the building makes it feel even bigger, he said.

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“We are going to be able to make our people, our following, more comfortable,” he said. “It won’t be as crowded.”

The Dog’s Breath Tavern will close after Wednesday night and will reopen in mid-February as the new location of The Phone Book Lounge. Photo from Dog’s Breath Tavern Facebook page Staff Writer

Wilderman said he and his wife are making a $50,000 investment in the new building. Plans call for expanded restrooms, an exhaust system and new refrigeration. The bar will feature the same lineup of entertainment and weekly special-event nights, including its karaoke and trivia nights and live music on Friday and Saturday, the Phone Booth co-owner said.

Wilderman said he expects to host a grand opening Feb. 16.

Gary Leasure Jr., owner of Dog’s Breath Tavern, said the deal with the Wildermans “made sense all the way around, and for everybody.”

Leasure, who also is the co-owner of The Growler Pub & Grub at 3808 Wilmington Pike in Kettering, said The Growler will adopt some of the specialty nights that have drawn customers to Dog’s Breath..

On the Dog’s Breath Tavern Facebook page, Leasure wrote, “Thank you to all of all of you, our family and friends at Dog’s Breath Tavern for the good times and support you have given us! … We are pleased to announce the passing of the torch to the new owners, The Phone Booth Lounge … I hope that you will help us welcome them to their new location.

“We are going to have a grand finale on Wednesday night, Jan. 31. We hope to see old and new friends as we say goodbye!”

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