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The Gathering Grounds now serving alcohol

Perham café has added beer and wine to its menu.

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The Gathering Grounds is now serving wine (Ashlea Clifton)

The Gathering Grounds Coffee Café recently made some additions to its menu.

After an inspection by the state, paperwork, alcohol service training and City Council approval, owner Ashlea Clifton obtained a liquor license for the shop. It's something she wanted to do so since she bought the café in August 2020 .

While Clifton hopes to offer more options down the road, the current alcoholic beverages available at the shop are beer and wine. All of the beers are canned and made in Minnesota. Red and white wines are available by glass or bottle.

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The Gathering Grounds Coffee Shoppe's new owner Ashlea Clifton stands next to one of the displays a week before the shop reopens. (RosaLin Alcoser/Focus)

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"I'm excited to give the Perham people something else to do as things are starting to open up," she said. "I want to give them somewhere comfortable to hang out."

By summer, she hopes to have a happy hour and keep the shop open until 7 or 8 p.m. Plans for happy hour include charcuterie boards and Mediterranean appetizers such as hummus, dip and bread.

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Information on the upcoming Afternoon Tea event on April 11 (Ashlea Clifton)

On Sunday, April 11, the Gathering Grounds will be holding its first Afternoon Tea event. Attendees will be able to eat finger sandwiches, have tea and different desserts. This event will also have bottomless prosecco cocktails or Italian soda.

The other Afternoon Tea dates are May 9 and June 13. Tickets for adults are $26, and tickets for kids 12 and under are $20. The event is reservation only with a maximum group of six people. If you're interested in making a reservation for Afternoon Tea or making a pickup order, you can call the Gathering Grounds at 218-346-7969 or go to gatheringgroundsperham.com .

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The Gathering Grounds Coffee Shoppe's new owner Ashlea Clifton stands next to one of the displays a week before the shop reopens. (RosaLin Alcoser/Focus)

Elizabeth (she/her), 23, graduated with a degree in Journalism and Communications from the University of Wisconsin–Stout in 2020. Elizabeth has always had a passion for telling stories about people and specializes in community features, which she uses for her Perham-centered content.
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