The concept of a village tavern as a casual dining restaurant has not only proved to be very successful, but also implied the success into a number of restaurants of various sizes and locations around the US. There are village taverns, owned by individual entrepreneurs and there are great holdings, such as the US Company Village Tavern.
The Company Village Tavern established the first village tavern in 1984, next to the Wake Forest University in Winston Salem. Today, the company operates eight restaurants in four locations of North Carolina, which are Winston-Salem (2), Greensboro and Charlotte; Atlanta, Georgia; Denver, Colorado; Birmingham, Alabama; and Scottsdale, Arizona. Any village tavern is the best way for a traveler to have the warmest welcome, good food and bountiful drinks.
The delicious cuisine includes hand-cut steaks, chops and prime ribs; fresh fish, chicken, specialty salads, pastas and pizzas - all flavored by special spices. The use of hickory wood-fired grills during the food preparation plays the major role not only in the taste of dishes, but also in the real old-world village tavern image making and in the communicating this image into the minds of the visitors. In addition to the generous menu options, the Village Tavern offers a wide variety of premium types of wine, available by the glass, bottle or in "tasting portions." The company is a proud owner of the Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence.
One more famous village tavern is situated in Long Grove, IL 60047. It is a very old tavern, probably, the oldest in the USA, which has been in continuous operation since 1849. It is actually a classic "Roadhouse", a favorite place to have delicious "village" lunch or dinner for generations of locals. Both, the interior and exterior of the village tavern preserve the rustic authenticity of the establishment. Its massive thirty five foot mahogany bar has even survived Chicago's "Great McCormick Place fire" in the 1960s.
Along with the wide lunch and dinner menu options, the tavern presents a live jazz band, performing on Saturdays and Sundays, piano music and solo singing on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and the new Chicago style blues band, performing at Thursday night. All this makes the Village Tavern of Long Grove a favorite family dining and entertainment venue. The proprietors Mary Ann and Chip Ullrich are expecting to see you at the village tavern if you travel to Long Grove. The place is enough comfortable for both, families and children with its smoking and non-smoking sections. Lunch is served from 11:30 AM daily. You can have dinner from 5:00 PM every day, except Tuesday. The payment methods embrace Amex, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa & Cash.
Probably, you will travel to other locations of the US and visit one of the village taverns there, but the idea is that no matter which village tavern you choose, we hope that it will come up to your expectations and tastes, as well as enhance your experience of exceptional casual dining in the US.