An interesting press release has passed along to my cluttered desktop. Perhaps it’s more interesting to me because I live in the neighborhood, but a new pub called Tabor Tavern is set to open at 53rd and E Burnside, stumbling distance from Belmont Station. What makes this new place so intriguing is its tangential connection to Lompoc Brewing, as well as to craft beer and gastropub culture in general.
|Photo pulled from Google street view of the pub’s previous occupant
This is no fly-by-night operation here.Owner Ken “Zig” Naffziger has more than 25 years of industry experience, including stints as regional manager with McMenamins and Lompoc Brewing.“It has been a life-long dream to have my own place,” said Naffziger. “I am an avid fan of pub culture and hope to create the kind of place fellow fans would like to congregate.” Naffziger brought in restaurant consultant Sean Herron of Big Idea Group as an advisor on this project.
Even more interesting is the consultation of Lompoc’s Brewmaster Bryan Keilty. The press release says that the “menu will be influenced by classic tavern fare, as interpreted by Lompoc head brewer and CIA alumnus, Bryan Keilty, and the world travels of Naffziger and his wife, food and beverage PR executive, Kristen Siefkin.”
While I am confused about the reference to Bryan being a CIA alumnus, the Tabor Tavern sounds promising. Some of the menu items you can expect there sound pretty tasty to pair with a fine craft beer:
· Fried chickpeas with smoked paprika and lime; Parmesan crusted fried Mortadella; and tempura bacon; Snake River Farms’ Waygu-fat French fries
· Lager-steamed mussels with chorizo, garlic, and mustard
· Cavolo Nero (black kale) salad with barley, marinated mushrooms, and shredded carrots in a lemon-parmesan vinaigrette
· Red wine braised flank steak sandwich with roasted red peppers and horseradish aioli
· Triple play mini burgers (beef, lamb, turkey)
· Mac and Cheese with kale and sausage
Sounds mouthwatering. Tabor Tavern looks to be serving gastropub-quality pub food with fresh craft beers, as well as a full bar of spirits and wines. To make things more appealing for the locals, they will be open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner, as well as Sunday brunch. Children will be permitted until 8:00 p.m.
The interior features will include refinished cement floors, antique rugs, and a reclaimed wood bar. In addition to 65 seats indoors, there will be outdoor seating during fair weather. Tabor Tavern will have ample parking, both on-street and in its own lot. The expected opening date is mid-May.
I look forward to adding this into my local rotation and hope to have more information soon!