Happy Hour, Live Music and More Seating at Tavern on Kruse
“What a Unique Opportunity!”
Chef Nate and I have a long-running joke that you may or may not find funny, but every time the Governor changes the entirety of my business model, the punchline rings truer and truer.
In our previous restaurant, I used to walk into the kitchen with my hand covering the phone and say to Chef Nate, “I’ve got someone on the phone who wants to bring 240 people in three days from now wanting an appetizer buffet plus rack of lamb, salmon wellington, roasted pheasant, and some sort of veg ravioli – along with six different sides, three salads, and our entire dessert assortment.” Nate, considering the 24 additional hours of work I was piling on his shoulders, would slowly turn purple while his eyes dilated like Cujo, and after a deep breath would calmly say, “What a unique opportunity.” To this day, when “What a unique opportunity” rolls from one of our mouths, we both laugh hysterically because we both know that every word in “what a unique opportunity” actually starts with a capital F.
The Governor shut down indoor dining again. What a unique opportunity.
But, truthfully, it is. Every time things change, I and everyone who works with me get to test our strengths, our will, our professionalism, our determination to not let this time get us down. We find new seats, new ways to cover them, heat them, fill them and keep them happy if not enchanted. Truth be told, this last shutdown took a harder toll on the staff because we all, like you, thought the worst was behind us. But we are adding seats while the sun now warms the tables I can’t, and this Friday the back patio will get covered with the same clear vinyl tarp that you see out front. By the end of the week, we will have as many seats outside as we ever did inside. This means that my staff stays fully employed this time around, that we actually have the potential to operate above breakeven this time around, that we have nothing to fear and only betterment to look forward to.
Thanks for your support and treating my staff so well over the last year. They talk about you in ways that would make you proud. As sorry for us as many of you feel, you should know that every time we get shut down it provides a unique opportunity for us to get even better at what we all do. And so we have. Shutdowns have also forced restaurant guests to reevaluate their dispositions of gratitude vs. entitlement, and I’ll tell you that everyone is more fun for my staff to serve than they have ever been. I desperately look forward to normalcy, but I will only look back at these shutdowns with gratitude for the betterment and remember “What a great opportunity” they were. With capital “F”s.
Happy Hour Times & Reservation Policies Change
Because of our limited seating, we’re making some changes to our early afternoons:
Happy Hour runs 2pm – 5pm (not 3pm-6pm).
Reservations for happy hour at outdoor tables will be accepted during the indoor closure.
New Happy Hour menu launches this Wednesday
Reservable Tables = Covered Tables
With most days in the 60s and 70snow, the guaranty of a heated table with a reservation is behind us. We will likely fill those first and if upon arrival you request one that is available, we will give it to you. Only covered tables will be reservable and we’ll leave uncovered tables for walk-ins on nicer days.
Heated Tables for Your House:
On June 1, the tarps must come down and the heating pads will be removed (forever) from our tables. If you’ve ever thought, “I want this for my patio,” I would love nothing more than to sell you what you need to heat your home tables and get some of the money out of it that Tavern put in (ballpark $150-$200/table). If you aren’t sure how to do it, snap a couple pictures from top and bottom and email them to me. I’ll let you know if it is possible and what it will take to install. If you want me to install them on your table, you can make a tax-deductible donation for the value of my labor to ptande.org.
Live Music This Week:
TUESDAY, MAY 4TH @ 6PM
SPECIAL GUEST: DAVID BERRY
with Machado Mijiga and Stefan Jarocki
Just passing through town, David Berry was playing keys for Grammy Award winner Louis Nash when the music world shut down. He’s up visiting good friend and recording partner Machado Mijiga who plays regularly at Tavern. They will be playing with Stefan Jarocki on Bass.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 5TH @ 6PM
with Tyrone Hendrix and Michael Elson
Funkier and bluesier than most Tavern shows, internationally acclaimed guitarist Chance Hayden returns to Tavern On Kruse Wednesday with keyboardist Michael Elson and drummer Tyrone Hendrix who are featured on Hayden’s latest album “Grab & Go” released this past November on Atlanta Records.