Dayton-area restaurant just added Ethiopian wine, beer

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Nanya Caf?? is Dayton's first Ethiopian restaurant in a number of years. Video by Amelia Robinson

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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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