Timothy’s Bar and Grill near UD closes shortly for renovations

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The iconic University of Dayton hangout Timothy’s Bar & Grill closed its doors last weekend — and inspection records show it’s because of structural issues.

The popular college hangout announced it would go through major renovations earlier this month, which included upkeep to some of the structural aspects of the building.

The bar posted on Aug. 12 on social media: “We had hoped to open tonight, but need a couple more days to get ready for the school year. Timothy’s will be closed this weekend, sorry for any inconvenience. See you next Wednesday!”

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City records showed an Aug. 11 inspection yielded some concerns about deterioration of the beams supporting the first floor. A note from the building inspector stated there would be “no occupancy” of the existing bar until repairs had been approved and inspected.

“During the inspection, it was observed that multiple areas of beam supporting the 1st floor showed deterioration or had been removed leaving the floor above unsupported,” said Scott Adams, chief building official for Dayton. “We see situations like this periodically with renovation projects involving older buildings. Although it is a concern, problems like this are easily remedied by an engineer or architect who will ensure that all corrections are compliable with the state building codes.”

Owners of the bar did not return calls for comment regarding the closure of the bar over the weekend.

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Marty Brown, co-owner of the iconic bar, previously told the Dayton Daily News that the bar did not plan to shut down for construction. During the summer, the popular hangout is only open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays while students are gone for the break.

UD students come back for classes next week.

Brown said he hopes the exterior project will be finished in October. Structural work will also happen in the future — adding new sprinklers and support beams — in anticipation of expanding the second floor.

“We’re not changing the inside,” Brown told this newspaper in a previous interview. “It will still be the same Tim’s you know and love.”

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