Food ‘n’ brew

Round Barn’s foray into dining paying off big

BARODA, Mich. — If there is one thing that Baroda’s Round Barn empire has not done in its more than 20 years of operation, it is resting on its laurels.

Photos by Scott Rose

Photos by Scott Rose

Starting as just a humble winery run by husband and wife team Rick and Sherrie Moersch, the business has since expanded into distilling and brewing, with three facilities across southwest Michigan.

With the world of drinking nearly conquered, the venerable company at the heart of Michigan’s wine country has set its sights on another universally beloved pastime: dining.

Last October, the Round Barn entered into the casual dining scene in a big way, with the opening of the Public House, the restaurant portion of its two-year-old brewery. Nestled in downtown Baroda, the bright-red steel exterior and giant mock-brewing tank outside the front door only tells half the story of the new dining destination for customers from throughout the region.

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Ted Yoakum is a community editor at Leader Publications, LLC, and contributes to Michiana Life magazine.