Lebanon coffee shop, cafe to add beer to menu

A Lebanon coffee shop and cafe is planning to extend its alcoholic offerings with a new liquor license.

Royce Cafe and Coffee House, already permitted to serve wine and champagne to customers at its Mulberry Street location, plans to add bottled craft beers to the menu with a D1 license.

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Greg Grote said he applied for the license after receiving a letter from the Ohio Department of Commerce Division of Liquor Control alerting him to the availability of the license allowing him to add beer to a menu already featuring wine, hard cider and Mimosas.

“It’s been real good for us,” Grote said in between turns in the kitchen preparing food for customers to the Mulberry Street business. “Our biggest seller is Mimosas for breakfast.”

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Grote operates the shop at 30 E. Mulberry St., while his wife Rhonda handles their other location inside the Lebanon Countryside YMCA, 1699 Deerfield Road.

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They offer breakfast and lunch, as well as coffee and other libations.

Much as they did in obtaining their first liquor license from .

“We’re excited. People are asking for it,” Greg Grote said.

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Simultaneously they are planning to open a new ground-floor party room, replacing a second-floor space to be redeveloped by landlord Oley Snowden as an apartment.

The new space should eliminate problems related to steep stairs leading to the second-floor space.

Last week, Lindsey Leberth, public information officer for the Division of Liquor Control, said the permit should be in the mail soon.

“They are working to issue and send that permit today,” she said on Dec. 18.

Once the added license is approved, beer tastings could be on tap.

“The options are endless,” he said.

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