A new venture for PepsiCo

by Monica Watrous
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Pepsi Kola House
Kola House will feature a menu of food and beverages inspired by the kola nut, a caffeine-containing fruit with a bitter flavor.

PURCHASE, N.Y. — Coming soon to New York is Kola House, a bar and restaurant launched by PepsiCo, Inc. Set to open this spring, Kola House will feature a menu of food and beverages inspired by the kola nut, a caffeine-containing fruit with a bitter flavor.

Seth Kaufman, PepsiCo
Seth Kaufman, c.m.o. for PepsiCo North America Beverages

“We wanted to create a modern hub for consumers to share social and immersive experiences that were anchored in the exploration of our cola’s artisanal craft and flavor,” shared Seth Kaufman, chief marketing officer, PepsiCo North America Beverages. “The Kola House represents a new space for us to support our consumer-first approach to drive authenticity and innovation around our beverage offerings and ideals.”

PepsiCo partnered with hospitality group The Metric to open the flagship location, which also will serve as an event space for music, art, style, film, sports and more, according to the company.

Kola House will offer a full menu of artisanal specialty plates from “a rising resident executive chef,” PepsiCo said. Craft cocktails will be created by celebrity bartender Alex Ott, who has a background in flavor chemistry and expertise in food and beverage pairings and global flavors, according to the company.

The new venture follows PepsiCo’s previous introduction of Caleb’s Kola, a limited-release craft soda packaged in glass bottles and made with cane sugar, kola nut extract and spices.
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