The Kamphaus family, from left, Neil, Connor, Logan and Ann Kamphaus are shown in front of Books & Brews on the day the sign was placed on the building at 107 E. Church St. CONTRIBUTED

Unique book reading and drinking business opens in Butler County

A Butler County business that combines literature and beer held its grand opening on Friday.

At Books & Brews, 107 E. Court St., Oxford, all of the books customers see are for sale, but Mug Club members can enjoy the added bonus of using the business as a lending library.

A bar sells Books & Brews’ own craft beers, all named after books.

The Books & Brews menu features a prologue (starters), chapters (artisan grilled cheeses on sourdough then pressed on a panini press), naan-fiction (flatbreads served on naan bread and grilled, with a choice of red sauce, barbecue sauce or buttermilk ranch).

There’s also a “children’s stories” section that features five choices for kids.

The new location, which opened June 30, replaces Quarter Barrel Brewery & Pub, which closed in January.

The book chain, whose motto is “read • drink • converse,” has numerous locations in Indiana. This is its first Ohio location. A grand opening is scheduled for 9 a.m. July 26.

Books & Brews accepts any and all donations, which it says it uses to keep prices low. Its website says it is “passionate about disconnecting people from technology and reconnecting them with each other.”

“Books are our passion and our love of literacy shines through in all aspects of our business,” the website reads, calling the business “a place for the reader, for the scholar, for the gamer, for the drinker, for the music lover, for the individual.”

Mondays include $3.25 mug fills and kids eat free. Wine discounts arrive each Wednesday, live trivia on Thursdays and open mic night on Friday. Sundays features $8 growler specials and children eat free.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Burger King

Burger Kings is constructing a new location at Hamilton Middletown Road in Liberty Twp.

The township already has a Burger King, but that location is in Liberty’s southeast, several miles away from the one being built in the community’s northwest.

the new location should open this year, according to Amanda Aldridge, a real estate manager with Syracuse, NY-franchisee Carroll Corporation, which owns and operates more than 1,000 restaurants under the Burger King and Popeye brands.

“It will be our latest prototype with our latest technology,” Aldridge said.

New Burger King locations typically hire between 35 and 40 people, she said.

Founded in 1954, The Burger King brand is the second largest fast food hamburger chain in the world with more than 17,700 locations in more than 100 countries and U.S. territories.

Almost 100 percent of Burger King restaurants are owned and operated by independent franchisees.

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