For months, anticipation has been building as the owners of The Tavern at 889 Oak Street navigated the intricate process of opening a bar and restaurant.
For their first two days, The Tavern held a soft opening, serving food and drinks to dozens of hungry friends and family. On Friday, they finally opened for the general public, and both neighborhood residents and visitors alike say that the wait was worth it.
“The food is great,” says Nick Hartley, Olde Towne East resident and early patron. “I was in the restaurant business for years, and you can tell they took the time to plan a menu that made sense for the bar’s overall vibe.”
Before it even opened, The Tavern already boasted over 450 Facebook likes and several articles in local media, including ColumbusUnderground.com and This Week News. Founders Krista Sparks, Brad Hobbs, and Kevin Burns partly credit the pre-opening excitement to the overall redevelopment happening in Olde Towne East.
“It’s not even a question,” Hobbs said. “Maybe to an outsider it’s a question but not to people who have lived for five years or more. We’ve seen [Olde Towne East] change.”
A sentiment echoed by OTENA trustee, Michele Santini.
“The corner of Oak Street and 18th has seen quite the resurrection thanks to a group of young entrepreneurs,” she says. “It’s a very exciting time to be a part of this neighborhood.”
The Tavern is open seven days a week for lunch, dinner, and late night. They offer an extensive craft beer selection, wine, and cocktails. For more information on The Tavern, visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/TavernOldeTowne
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