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Best Most-Anticipated eclectic Expansion: Melt Eclectic Café

Best Most-Anticipated eclectic Expansion

It’s hard to believe Melt Eclectic Café has been holding down its spot next to the Northside Tavern for more than a decade. What began as a uniquely vegan- and vegetarian-friendly café (for Cincinnati) in 2005 added sister locations over the years dedicated to healthy carry-out options, first as Picnic & Pantry in Northside and later as Bottle & Basket in Over-the-Rhine. Each has been marked with Melt’s trademark creativity, utilizing local breads, gluten-free options, any and all vegetarian fare — tempeh, tofu, housemade seitan — and even certified humane meats for the carnivores. After being acquired by Wellmann’s Brands, the café will soon move two blocks south into a 3,000-square-foot space inside the sprawling Gantry Building. And, of course, the expansion will come with a full-service bar offering the type of craft cocktails locals have come to expect from booze queen Molly Wellmann’s Wellmann’s Brands establishments. Melt Eclectic Café, 1580 Blue Rock St., Northside, 513-681-6358,