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First sober bar in Columbus shuts down after less than one year in business

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Tyler Thompson
The Dry Mill is a third-generation restaurant in the building. Its original iteration was the Serenity Cafe, a breakfast spot ran by folks in recovery.

The first sober bar in downtown Columbus has shut down after less than one year of being in business.

Operators of the Dry Mill Bar announced on social media on Sunday that the business would no longer be open.

The owners said falling business sales are what led to the decision to close.

The Dry Mill Bar opened for business on April 30. The bar was a concept from two Columbus residents, Colin Thomas and David Payne, who wanted to start a business that allowed community members a place to gather without the pressures of alcohol.

The pair became friends in middle school and helped one another get sober in their 20s.

The bar owners said on social media they hope the business will be able to open again in the future.

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Jared Clayton Brown joined the WOSU News team in November 2022. He spent seven years working for the Fox and NBC affiliate stations in Louisville and three years with the CBS affiliate station in Columbus.