HAMILTON — 

If not for Hamilton’s Downtown Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) program, Municipal Brew Works would have had to lay off more employees than the one beer-production employee it did during the coronavirus crisis.

And with reopenings of Ohio bars and restaurants on the near horizon — patios and other outdoor areas Friday, and establishments’ interiors the following Thursday — Jim Goodman, one of the Municipal Brew Works’ owners, is looking forward to increased business ahead.

DORA “has absolutely helped us during this COVID time,” he said. “It has allowed us to maintain our employees.”

Only one of the company’s dozen employees had to be laid off, because less beer was being brewed. And Goodman expects to rehire him soon.

“The benefits of it have

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