Dayton-area restaurant just added Ethiopian wine, beer

It is now possible to get spirits with your tibs wat.

Nanya Café, 6129 N. Dixie Drive, Harrison Twp., Montgomery County, has added alcohol to its menu.

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Nanya's owner Sofi Kinde said she hopes to appeal to diners looking for adult beverages with their meals.

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“Hopefully it is going to bring more business so I can stay around for a long time,” Kinde said. “When you don’t have liquor, you lose a lot of customers.”

The offerings include liquors, Habesha, an Ethiopian beer, and a variety of Ethiopian wines.

She said she hopes to add local craft beer in the near future.

The Ethiopian beer will regularly cost $4 a serving, but will be sold for $3 this month.

Wine is $5 a glass.

Kinde said bottles of wine will be sold for $18 to $20 this month.

She said her eatery is often a special occasion spot

“It is very hard for a  small business to keep going because it is not like regular chain food,” she said. “You eat every once and a while.”

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From Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and raised in Columbus where her mom owned a restaurant, Kinde opened Nanya Cafe in 2015.

It specializes in Ethiopian cuisine and is named for Kinde’s beloved grandmother.

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Nanya’s is the only Ethiopian restaurant in Dayton.

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