Coldwater Cafe to open wine shop next door to restaurant

The owners of the Coldwater Cafe are gearing up to open a wine, craft-beer and specialty-food shop adjacent to their Tipp City restaurant.

"Bodega Wine and Specialty Foods Market" will occupy about 1,500 square feet of the 2,800-square-foot space that formerly housed the Urban Ava Boutique at 27 E. Main St., according to Andrea Hoover, co-owner of the wine shop with husband Nick Hoover, chef-owner of the Coldwater Cafe.

“We’re excited about the success of the restaurant, and we had the desire to reach more customers and clients,” Andrea Hoover said.

Hoover said she will oversee the specialty-food selection, which will include charcuterie, cheeses and sausages, among other items. “If I had my way, we’d open Jungle Jim’s of the North,” she said.

In the coming months, the Hoovers may add foods prepared in the restaurant’s kitchens to the specialty-food selection, including whole pies, desserts and family-style dinners, Hoover said.

Her husband will oversee the wines and craft beers. “We like to be unique, so we’ll look for great wines that are not available everywhere,” Andrea Hoover said. “And we’ll focus at least in part on regional breweries.”

The shop will employ three or four people and will be open Monday through Saturday, Hoover said. The couple is shooting to open the shop by June 18, when the Tipp City Antique and Artisan Show will be held, she said.

The couple is seeking a store manager with wine knowledge and retail experience, Hoover said.

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