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The mandatory 10 p.m. shutdown of liquor sales at Ohio bars getting pushback from owners, customers and elected officials. But Gov. Mike DeWine says the curfew has to stay in place for now.

Restaurant owners, workers and their supporters gathered Thursday night outside Wings Sports Bar and Grille in Beavercreek to protest the COVID-related restrictions placed on their businesses. They met with State Senator Bob Hackett and State Representative Rick Perales to voice their concerns.

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Over the weekend, the Ohio Investigative Unit cited several bars for violating the state's emergency COVID-19 rule banning the sale of alcohol after 10 p.m.

Greg Lehman is one of the owners of Watershed Distillery.
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A new Ohio House bill would allow bars and restaurants to expand their seating and service into parking lots or public grounds. They’d also be able to sell alcohol for delivery through third-party services such as GrubHub or Doordash.

Eighth straight year: Ohio liquor sales increase

Jan 17, 2007

For the eighth year in a row liquor sales have increased in Ohio.

Liquor officials say Ohioans spent more than $655 million on liquor last year. That's 10 million gallons of liquor - an increase of more than three percent over 2005. Liquor control spokesman, Matt Mullins, credited efficient inventory control to increased revenue.

"We've also done a good job of reducing our inventory so that the products turn over very efficiently. And that increases the sales at the end of the year for the division," Mullins said.