In a town with one stoplight, when a small town eatery closes it leaves a big vacancy in the community. So it will be a big deal when John & Kelly Hill reopen The Tavernette Inn on Tuesday, May 5th at 3pm.
Their mission is to carry out the legacy and pay tribute to the history of this restaurant, which so many people know and love. “We will strive to make our customers feel like family, prepare and serve the highest quality food, and deliver wonderful service to ensure you have an excellent dining experience,” says Kelly Hill. According to her it’s her husband who has the restaurant experience and she’s the bookkeeper. She says they “are both entrepreneurs who are originally from the area and when the opportunity to reopen the restaurant that’s been closed since the the summer of 2014 it just suited us.”
They want to bring it back to the glory days, in the 80’s and 90’s when they were know for great food at a reasonable price. They will be buying prime meats, they best they can get. Their menu is heavy on the red meat, featuring a New York Strips Rib Eye, Filet and house sirloin as sell as pork chops, and a few chicken dishes. Scallops, Tilapia and frog legs. as well as a selection of burgers and sandwiches round out the menu. Entrees range from $12.95 – $19.95, with a Surf & Turf of the filet paired with jumbo friend shrimp topping the menu at $31.95. On the weekend look for featured seafood and prime rib as well.
“Oh and the relish tray. That too will be back, but with a twist,” Kelly hints. “That was a standard at The Tavernette, we had to bring that back.” According to the online menu you can create your own! Your choice of any 3: Cottage Cheese, Sauerkraut, Pickles, Applesauce, Coleslaw or Pineapple for $4.99
Kelly shares they’ve done some remodeling, so there aren’t a lot of photo’s on their website yet, they want you to visit for yourself to see the improvements in person. The restaurant has a staff of 7 and you can count on seeing John and Kelly there Tuesday through Friday. They are closed Sunday and Monday, except for Mother’s Day, when they will be open noon to 7pm.
The Tavernette is open:
Tuesday ~ Thursday 3:00 PM ~ 10:00 PM
Friday & Saturday 3:00 PM ~ 11:00 PM