New business merges tech and drinks at cafe bar

Dayton offers brews and art technology. (WDTN- Jeremy Marshall)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Proto Build bar is a unique blending of the art world and a hip cafe serving drinks, coffee and more.

Nearly a week ago, 2 NEWS gave a sneak peek into the bar, but now more than a week into business we checked back in with the owner and general manager.

Proto is highlighting a new sector for Dayton through the company Real Art Design Group, which has mastered all things tech and art combined.

When you first step into the bar, it gives off a different vibe.

The beer is still there, as is the music, but you’ll also find a state of the art 3-D printers, one of which on Saturday was making what will soon turn out to be a replica Eiffel Tower

“You can come in with an idea, just have something in your brain. If you know nothing about — design or you know nothing about soldering or something like that, you can come in take some time sit on our laptops and kind of take that idea and make something kind of just real and plastic out of it, you know what I mean,” explained the bar’s general manager Alex Todd.

And that’s exactly what Alan Smith and his son came to do on a Saturday afternoon as they enjoyed some bonding time.

The father-son duo was recreating a scene from their favorite games using 3-D printing.

“Like I’ve never heard of this kind of place being around Dayton,” said Smith, a Beavercreek resident. “I mean, even out in the Silicon Valley– I dream of being out there– but then when I heard this place was opening up, I just, I got really excited that we’re gonna have something like this right in Dayton.”

Smith’s sentiments are a recurring theme at Proto

People like Bob Cochran believe it’s a nice place to get work done, but also have fun.

“It feels like it should be in New York or L.A. It’s got that big city legitimacy,” he described. “And so, the fact that ‘Real Art’ is kind of behind this and I think it’s really important because it gives people, in this area, who want to do something big a place to kind of collaborate together.”

If more interest for the bar continues, the Real Art team plans to take this prototype for a tech cafe to other bigger locations.

But for now, Downtown Dayton will remain home to the unique venue.

For more information on hours of operation and project, visit here. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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