5 new things that happened in Butler County’s dining and drinking scene

Butler County has seen its share of expansions, awards and openings recently.

All around the area, new places to eat and drink have become available, and there are interesting things to know about all of them

Here’s a sampling of what happened.

Cozy’s Cafe in Liberty Twp. got national notice

A Butler County business was named the most charming restaurant in Ohio and a place to get “a memorable meal in a historic venue.”

That’s according to LoveFood.com, which doled out the honors to Cozy’s Café & Pub. The restaurant opened at 6440 Cincinnati-Dayton Road in Liberty Twp. in 2016, two years after owner Jan Collins opened Cozy’s Cottage.

» READ MORE: This Butler County café was named ‘most charming restaurant in Ohio’

The area’s newest brewery opened this weekend

Swine City Brewing made it debut this weekend in Fairfield.

The new 5,000-square-foot venture at 4614 Industry Dr. is operated by owners Daniel and Debby Ebben, of Fairfield, plus brewer Justin Chaney and taproom managers Chris Schlitz and Jeffrey Herring.

» READ MORE: The area’s NEWEST brewery opens in Fairfield this weekend

Smoothie King started a series of big moves

A new Smoothie King just opened at 8744 Michael Lane in Fairfield, right off Dixie Highway and next to Jungle Jim’s International Market and the new Planet Fitness.

It’s a new kind of Smoothie King, and it starts a series of new sites that are coming.

» READ MORE: 5 things to know about the new Smoothie King (and why it’s different)

Plenty of places are expanding

Restaurants are big business, and franchisees are increasingly looking to the area to open new locations in Butler and Warren counties, bringing new dining and drinking options.

We took a look at 12 that are expanding around the region

» READ MORE: 12 dining and drinking franchises that are expanding in the region

That new KFC is coming along

Demolition work is underway at the new KFC that will be built at 2211 N. Verity Parkway in Middletown on the site of one that closed there early last year.

» READ MORE: That new KFC is getting closer in Middletown. Here’s what they did with the old one.

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