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$400,000 expansion approved for Oregon District pub

The Dublin Pub at 300 Wayne Ave. in Dayton’s Oregon District has obtained final approval for its revised expansion plans, a $400,000 investment that will boost seating capacity by more than 50 percent, quadruple the number of draft beer taps and add 10 to 15 new jobs, according to the pub’s owner, Steve Tieber.

Tieber said the expansion may be complete by the pub’s 16th birthday on May 15. The city of Dayton’s building department gave its final approval of the revised plans this week, the Dublin Pub owner said.

The expansion will add a private-events room and covered patio with mezzanine as well as first-floor seating on the East Fifth Street side of the building. It will also add walk-in refrigerator and freezer, along with kitchen prep space, on the south side of the pub.

Seating capacity will increase from 180 to 292. Draft beer taps will jump from 13 to 42. And a second stage will be added for live music. The restaurant also will expand its food menu, boosting its selection of seafood and meat entrees and sandwiches, Tieber said.

The added space will allow the Dublin Pub to accommodate crowds at peak times that include theater performance nights, conventions at the nearby Dayton Convention Center, and holidays such as St. Patrick’s Day.

“We’ve never been big enough,” Tieber said. “We’ve had to turn customers away too often.”

The design and construction of the Dublin Pub’s expansion will incorporate and re-use large beams salvaged by James Kent of Architectural Reuse Company from a 108-year-old former church at 842 Superior Ave. in Dayton, Tieber said. Construction is being overseen by Mark Shannon, whose design and historical re-use projects include Jimmie’s Ladder 11 pub and restaurant in Dayton.

The beams will accommodate a vaulted ceiling and allowed for the addition of mezzanine seating, boosting the project’s total cost to $400,000 from the initial estimate of $300,000 to $350,000.

Tieber also said construction of a second large-scale project he is involved in — the Dublin 7 Whiskey Pub & Carvery at the Austin Landing multi-use development in Miami Twp. — is expected to begin this spring, with the new restaurant-pub projected to open this fall.