It was back in December of '11 when Justin Anderson first announced that he would be converting the former Barrel House on Chippewa into the Tap House Pub & Grille (see article
). Since that time, Justin has been busy running the operation and serving up pub-style food and drinks to downtown-goers. This week Justin is also busy getting the back patio in working order for his dining-clientele.
Honestly, I wasn't even aware that there was an area behind the pub that was suitable for a patio. I am told that it was always just a place to store sundries and no one ever put the time and money into fixing it up. That, to me, is a mystery, because there are not a lot of places on Chippewa that offer a dining area away from the street. Once the patio is complete (it's just about there), patrons to the district will have a place to drink and eat that will offer both sun and shade... and relative quiet.
As for the menu, one of the servers at Tap House told me that the best selling menu item is the Tap House "Original" Beef Sandwich. "A new twist on a Buffalo favorite." - Choice beef slow cooked for 24-hours and seasoned with Tap House spices on a kimmelweck roll with waffle fries. She also told me that the house burger has been a big hit - 1/2 brisket chuck mix seasoned and served on a toasted roll, also with waffle fries.
Having another pub on Chippewa dedicated to a crowd that is interested in eating as well as drinking... hopefully we will see this trend continue. The next time that you're looking to head out to raise a pint and grab something to eat, I'm sure that the Tap House patio will be ready for you. And come fall and winter, this place looks like it will have plenty of warmth to go around.
85 West Chippewa