Truman Tavern & Bar – next to the Brick Store Pub downtown – has announced its opening…
Truman Tavern & Bar will open on August 31st on Decatur Square, adjacent to the landmark City of Decatur Courthouse. Truman has reinvented classic, center-of-plate dishes, like the certified Angus Beef Prime Rib and Berkshire Double-Cut Pork Chops, with simple, local ingredients. The fish (Chesapeake Bay Crab Cakes, Chardonnay Pouched Flounder) and vegetable (Naked Vegetable Lasagna, House Made California Veggie Burger) dishes add diversity to the menu without sacrificing cohesiveness. The result is an accessible neighborhood eatery hedging the line between steakhouse and tavern. Truman’s bar menu will appeal to those with vintage tastes, featuring classic cocktails such as the Long Island Ice Tea and Singapore Sling. Truman will offer dinner only on the August 31st and September 1st, adding lunch on the 2nd, just in time for the annual Decatur Book Festival. Saturday and Sunday brunch will also be added in the coming weeks.
Executive Chef, Michael Condon, of Badda Bing Catering and Calle Latina, says he was inspired by his early days as a chef in Manhattan. “I want Truman to reflect the old time values that New York City neighborhood restaurants had 30 years ago. The food was superior without being overly complex, and the service was impeccable without being pretentious. Staff remembered the names and preferences of their guests and the atmosphere was deeply rooted in the community,” explains Condon, a native of Long Island, NY and City of Decatur resident since 2003.
Along with Condon, Brian Buchanan and Paul Vinces, also owners of Truman, boast more than 70 years of combined restaurant industry experience. Buchanan spent some 15 years in front-of-house roles and 10 years in the wine and spirit business. Vinces is the current owner of Calle Latina and once owned Sweet Devil Moon in Oakhurst. All of them have deep roots in City of Decatur. Buchanan believes Truman will be filling a niche that currently doesn’t exist in in the area: “All members of the community will feel at home at Truman, from kids and families to the trendy nightlife crowd. We specialize in great food, good service, and honest drinks” he says.
The 125-seat restaurant space offers a full bar and lounge area in the front and intimate, wood-topped seating in the rear. In addition, Truman has partnered with Vincent Art Gallery to procure artwork for the restaurant. Original pieces by well-known local artists, such as Ruth Franklin and Ruby Franklin, will add sophistication to the dining room. According to Vinces, “Vincent Art Gallery has strong ties to us and to Decatur. The art is a true representation of who we are and our connection to this community.”
Truman Bar & Tavern is located at 123 East Court Square, Decatur, GA. Reservations are available through Open Table or by calling 404-907-4116; walk-ins are always welcome. Lunch will be served from 11:30 am—3:00 pm Monday through Friday, and brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am—3:00 pm. A happy hour menu will be available from 3:00 pm—5:00 pm daily. Dinner is served from 5:00 pm—10:00 pm on weekdays and until 11:00 pm on the weekends.
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