Those restaurants and bars in Dayton’s Oregon District that opened Sunday during the Gem City Shine reported a robust and heartwarming response from the large crowds that attended Dave Chappelle’s block party.
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The Trolley Stop, which was close to Gem City Shine’s stage, told customers Monday morning they would be forced to open late on Monday, at 3 p.m. rather than its usual 11 a.m., in order to re-stock.
“Somehow, we’ve run out of everything!” the restaurant-bar said on its Facebook page.
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Susan Bavaro, co-owner of the Oregon Express, said the pub was able to open at its normal time on Monday morning. But she called Sunday “the most amazing day we’ve ever had.
“It was filled with love, it was filled with spirit, and it represented everything that Dayton is all about,” Bavaro said.
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Not all of the restaurants had a similar experience. Jay’s Seafood had initially told its customers on its Facebook page that it would would be open for business as usual Sunday night, but later apologized and said the restaurant was closed, not open, for dinner service. “You cannot get into our restaurant — it is all gated off,” the restaurant wrote on its page.
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Dana Downs, owner of Roost Italian restaurant, decided to serve only appetizers and salads.
“That worked well,” Downs said. “The full menu wouldn’t have worked because people wanted to move fast. People were very polite, but the city did not have enough restrooms. That’s what I heard from everyone,” the Roost owner said.
The Dublin Pub was “very, very busy,” owner Steve Tieber said, but he was even more impressed with the atmosphere, which he said was something he will cherish for the rest of his life.
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“I cannot describe how appreciative I am for what Dave Chappelle put together, and all of the other entities that had a hand in it,” Tieber said. “All of the people here in Dayton who donated their time, and all of the people who came to Dayton to send a message and to create some healing.
“I’ve never seen such selfless actions in my entire life.”
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