Yaaaas, my mystical queen and kings, what you’ve heard is true.
Downtown Dayton DID have an unicorn bar.
But as co-owner of the Century bar Diane Spitzig remembers, the Unicorn Restaurant and Lounge wasn’t exactly firing rainbows from where the sun don’t shine.
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“It was just a bar,” she recalled.
The small corner bar was at 100 E. Third St. next to the Century in what has been rebranded downtown Dayton’s Fire Blocks District.
From what we can tell from a search of state records, it was incorporated in 1984 as Unicorn Lounge.
Its official closing date is listed as March 9, 2004.
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The name at least was ahead of its time, as unicorns are all the rage these days.
Local resident and musician Aarika Voegele hung out at the bar with her brother.
“They were always real nice,” she responded on Facebook. “I remember a wooden bar that stretched (through) the place, and it being somewhat packed with regulars. If I remember correctly, there was a jukebox towards the back. It was a very mellow bar, from my experience.”
As some recalled, the bar owned by John Demetriades had a neon unicorn head in its window.
Little evidence of the Unicorn could be found in the Dayton Daily News archives.
Articles uncovered point to difficult times in the Unicorn’s final years.
A 1999 story involved two brothers attacking a bartender.
In an a 2002 article about the city’s objections to the renewal of its liquor permit and those of about a dozen other businesses, it was reported that the Unicorn’s owner insisted that crimes around the bar were unrelated to the business.
The space that formerly held the Unicorn was the site of the Dayton Circus art event in 2009.
Since there is no Unicorn for us to visit today, we can only imagine the shenanigans that could be going down there at this very moment.
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