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McCrady’s Tavern Opens Friday: Here’s What to Know

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Brock and McCrady’s Tavern logo
Erin Perkins is the editor of Eater Carolinas.

Long-standing institution McCrady’s announced in May that the restaurant would shut down for a few weeks to transition into two concepts, McCrady’s Tavern and an updated version of McCrady’s.

In late summer 2016, McCrady’s will move to an adjacent space and offer an evolution of the McCrady’s tasting menu experience. The current McCrady’s space will honor it rich history by transitioning back to its original purpose as a lively, everyday gathering place, and it will once again be known as McCrady’s Tavern.

Concerned that patrons believed McCrady’s was going away, chef Sean Brock explained the changes to Eater as, “McCrady's is taking a little nap, getting a new set of clothes, a little makeover, and is coming back stronger and cooler than ever.” Brock emphasized that the new, 22-seat space would be the McCrady’s he’d always wanted, with “the most intense food” he’s ever created and superb service that would leave guests in a state of revitalization.

But, before the updated McCrady’s opens, McCrady’s Tavern will premiere in the former McCrady’s dining room at 2 Unity Alley this Friday, August 12. This concept draws from the Gilded Age of dining with a lively atmosphere and “craveable” food. Brock released the menu this week, and it’s full of old-school items like calf’s head soup, marrow bones stuffed with escargot, veal blanquette, a tavern burger, and more.

Dinner hours for McCrady’s Tavern will be Sunday through Thursday, from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Lunch service starts August 25.