Cardinal Spirits Bloomington opens to dine-in prospects

Cardinal Spirits had a gentle opening of its dining rooms a few weeks ago, and co-founder Jeff Wuslich said the tables inside and on the terrace will be tidied up.

“It was great to invite people back to our terrace and eat,” he said. “All of our employees were vaccinated, so we felt comfortable welcoming people back.”

For now, customers have to sit inside or outside at a table with no bar seating available. In addition, the craft distillery and restaurant are open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. On Sundays there is a brunch menu with and on the other days.

Finally, according to Wuslich, Cardinal Spirits will be open again seven days a week, but not yet.

“We just wanted to get everything working and getting rid of all the kinks,” he said, adding that Cardinal Spirits has a bigger menu than before.

Popular starters include the in- OMG fries with spiced fries, served with truffle aioli, Creekbend Brandy BBQ, and Bloody Mary ketchup; and calamari fried in buttermilk, served with banana peppers, pickled Meyer lemon aioli and marinated Spanish olives.

Popular starters include tuna tataki with bourbon togarashi tuna, served with wakame seaweed, baby greens, roasted sunflower seeds and pistachios, avocado, and valencia ponzu sauce; and the lobster roll, which contains a whole Prince Edward Island lobster, mixed with home-preserved Meyer lemon aioli, celery, shallots, parsley and a Creole spice, all served on a butter-toasted bun.

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While there aren’t any new cocktails right now, Wuslich said some favorites from the past are available, including Big in Japan, which features lime-infused Terra Botanical gin, miso, ginger, honey, guava, and lime; and Blackberry Smash, which includes single malt straight whiskey, blackberry, brown sugar, lemon, and mint.

According to Wuslich, the Strawberry Letter and Berry Best are popular for non-alcoholic drinks.

No matter what people are ordering, reservations are required and can be made online at Cardinal Spirits is located at 922 S. Morton St.

This year’s fair offers bananas banana

This year, the Monroe County Fair’s Bake-It competition will include bananas, and everyone in the county of all ages will be able to enter on July 1st. There are six categories: yeast bread, quick bread, cakes, cookies, tarts and special desserts.

All submissions must be picked up between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. at the community building on the exhibition grounds. On July 1st, the scoring begins at 10.15 a.m. with a subsequent award ceremony. Prize bands are awarded in each division as well as for the total Grand and Grand Champion reserve. The first-time exhibitor will be awarded a first-time exhibitor.

For more information, go to and click the Open Class Requirements PDF file located under Related Files on the page.

The Monroe County Fair is held June 28 through July 4 at the Monroe County Fairgrounds 5700 W. Airport Road.

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