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Cristaudo’s to pair alcohol with food

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Colleen Frease
Carbondale Times

Look out Carbondale, Cristaudo’s is now serving beer.

With the arrival of last month’s eclipse, Cristaudo’s started serving beer brewed to celebrate the eclipse.

Nicholas Stewart, one of the four owners of Cristaudo’s, is incredibly happy about the liquor license. Cristaudo’s provides a fun place to eat full of local flavor and having the opportunity to service local beer and wine is another addition to promoting all things Southern Illinois.

“The idea is we don’t want to just be another tavern,” Stewart said. “We definitely want to pair our food specially with beer and wine. We’d like to also have a few breakfast cocktails for brunch type items.”

The local restaurant/bakery debuted their serving of alcohol Aug. 17

Stewart, and Rachel Cristaudo, another one of the owners, also have a background working at breweries so they are both skilled at pairing beer and wine with food.

The process of getting the liquor license had been in the planning stages for several months. It involved several city and state inspections before finally getting the seal of approval to begin serving alcoholic beverages to the public.

Stewart said the city of Carbondale was incredibly supportive throughout the process of getting the liquor license and people are just excited there is another opportunity to have something new to enjoy in downtown Carbondale.

Cristaudo’s is keeping the same business hours of operations. There are plans to consider staying open later in the future, according to the owners, but for now the restaurant is focusing on expanding its current selection of local and regional beers, wines and spirits.

“We hope for our cocktails to rely on all local distilleries for the liquor component,” Stewart said. “We want this to be something more unique than the usual liquors that someone would find in just any bar or tavern.”

Another goal for the restaurant is to eventually expand the wine selection to include some Italian wines as it reflects the founder’s family heritage.

“We want to try to find a unique fit with the drinking habits of Southern Illinois,” Stewart said. “We want to provide options so having a drink as part of a meal is an enjoyable experience and so people can start the end of the day early.”

For more information, check out the Cristaudo’s Facebook page.

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