For now Chappys is open from 4pm to midnight during the week, with a full kitchen menu all night, weekends they’ll stay open until 1am and Sunday’s until 11pm. “We have all these restaurant and retail employees to cater to for late nights, so we want them to know our kitchen is open for them. They will also have a late night happy hour from 10pm – close with $1 off all draft beer and wine and $2 off appetizers. We also offer that happy hour Mon – Fri from 2-6pm. In a few weeks, we’ll add lunch to the menu, opening up at 11am,”shares Camplin.
The restaurant seats 340, with the bar area making up 100 of those seats. There is even a private room that holds up to 70 guests. And additional seating is available on the patio. With new flooring and a cleaned up feel, the wood interior and old fashioned signage give the restaurant a feel that’s both modern and warm. Camplin guestimates they have about 110 employees and admits this is quite a big step up from the old days when he ran Sloopy’s in the Oregon District. The large kitchen held a lot of appeal for Camplin and he looks forward to hosting beer and wine dinners, at the new venue as well as stepping up their catering business. He also reassures us there are no plan to get rid of the original Chappy’s Tap Room and Grille and thinks the two are far enough apart to each have their own crowd.
Dave and his wife Lori have been working on getting the new place open for a while, originally planning on leasing the building. After working with Farmers & Merchants Bank and Citiwide, they decided to buy it. Structurally the building didn’t need major work, new flooring, reworking the patio entrance, and some other changes, but says the biggest chunk of work was the kitchen. Cleaning it up and getting it ready to go was what took the longest, but he said it was a great day when Cindy from the Montgomery County Health Department came in for the final inspection and her first word was WOW! He proudly shared they passed with flying colors.
Based on the crowd at the bar an hour after they opened, we predict that Chappy’s Social House will be an even bigger hit than the original. See you at the bar!