The Girard cellar will open, Tap House is arriving, the Annapurna awaits repairs


Full Circle Wine Estate, 12 E. Main St., Girard, is scheduled to open Oct. 28, according to co-owners and on the winery Facebook page. It’s inside what used to be known as Battles Bank, and serves as a historic and cozy corner for a retired couple to make a dream come true.

Co-owner Jon Welsh and his wife, Gina Welsh, said in July that they expected Full Circle to be a “boutique winery,” a small operation producing 500 to 800 gallons per year, specializing in reds and whites. dry.

“We make our own wine – dry red and white wines – and we source our juice locally,” said Jon Welsh. “We plan to have about four to five reds and at least two dry whites.”

The Welsh will periodically use their space to exhibit local artists starting with photographer Fred Feidler, a photographer who has assembled a collection of Girard-focused pieces for the occasion.

Gina Welsh, 60, is a retired Fairview teacher who grew up in Meadville. Jon Welsh, 63, who grew up in Girard, has retired as a security professional for AMSCO and the Veterans Administration.

“I’ve been making wine for 25 years,” Jon Welsh said in July. “We thought it would be fun to do something like this. It will be small, but it will be good.”

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Tap house, 333 State St., the downtown U Pick Six location, which has been closed for renovations since April, is about to open, according to co-owner John Melody.

“At the end of this month or the beginning of November,” Melody said. Rumors it would open on Oct. 23 aren’t true, he laughed, but State Street bar crawlers will be happy to hear they’re close.

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Adora's Bubble Tea Shop Halloween Mug with the purchase of large frozen drinks throughout the month.

OK, I admit I am including this because the photo is so cool. And because I want one. Andora pearl tea, 516 State St., offers a Halloween mug throughout the month with the purchase of great frozen drinks, including the one you see here, Coconut Lychee Punch with orange popping boba. Great. Take this mug from me and turn on the black light.

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Anyone who thought The zodiac dinor, 2516 State St., has been closed can be forgiven as their hours have been somewhat irregular lately. But that’s just because of the lack of staff. They do indeed operate as a restaurant as often as they can, but on some days they only put two people to work, according to recent Facebook posts. It’s probably best to check out their Facebook page before heading there for one of their delicious omelets or a sandwich. But keep them in mind as an option for dining downtown.

La Colonie Pub & Grill, 2670 W. Eighth St., offers an Oktoberfest menu on Tuesday evenings in October, including Wienerschnitzel, Jagerschnitzel, Bratwurst with sauerkraut, Knockwurst with sauerkraut and an appetizer of three potato pancakes, sour cream and applesauce.

Annapurna Kitchen, 1315 Parade St., which has some of the most delicious Southeast Asian food I have ever eaten, is sadly closed at the moment due to a faulty elevator. The elevator is necessary for dinner as all the food is prepared and the ingredients are stored in the lower levels of the building. They’ll come back, I hope, but it’s gonna be tough until they find someone to fix that elevator.

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I’m just gonna leave it here, de Herbal and honey bakery inside Urbaniak, 310 E. 24th St.

Arrowhead Wine Cellars and others in western Pennsylvania donate $ 1 to the American Breast Cancer Foundation for every bottle of pink catawba sold in October.

Arrowhead Wine Cellars, 12073 E. Main Road, North East, donates $ 1 for every bottle of pink catawba sold in October at American Breast Cancer Foundation.

Lake Erie Wine Route partners celebrate the harvest with a winery tour with food and wine pairings at participating wineries over two weekends in November, November 5-7 and November 12-14. These events usually sell out. Find more information and get tickets on

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