The popularity of gastropubs has grown dramatically in the restaurant industry in recent years, but what exactly is a gastropub? In the most basic sense, a gastropub is a restaurant that brings high quality food to a casual, bar-like atmosphere. Delicious upscale food, without having to dress up? Sounds like a win-win situation.
The surge of fine-dining, casual atmosphere restaurants is allowing chef teams to create menus that use farm-fresh ingredients with innovative combinations you wouldn’t find at other restaurants. The line between restaurant and tavern is becoming more and more blurred as loads of new places begin catering to an increasingly food aware crowd. These “foodies” love to try new things, enjoy dining out on a regular basis and want more for their hard earned money. Across all generations, from Baby Boomers to Millennials, patrons are enjoying the unique culinary options and entertaining ambiance offered at gastropubs. From burgers to crispy calamari and everything in between — gastropubs will have what you are craving.
And this restaurant revolution is happening outside of the country’s largest cities — it’s trickling down to smaller towns all around the United States. The appeal for many patrons, along with eating glorious food at an affordable price, is the opportunity to try some upscale craft cocktails, masterly created by mixologists. That’s a far cry from the “shot and a beer,” theme some small town taverns embrace.
So, next time you are in the mood for excellent food in a low-key environment and great cocktails, try a local gastropub in your area. Ask your friends and neighbors for recommendations around town or come try our signature dishes at Tap House Grill. People are always happy to talk about their favorite local spots, or new places to try out, so why not add one to your list that will leave a lasting impression in your mind and palate.