40 North Tap + Grille opens its doors Tuesday, August 20, 2019 for dinner and drinks
Grand Island, Neb. – (August 17, 2019) – The time has come. 40 North Tap + Grille is opening its doors on Tuesday, August 20, 2019. The upscale restaurant will be serving dinner with the Sports Lounge open for extended hours.
The New-American restaurant has found the perfect balance of creating a fine-dining atmosphere in the historic location by combining antique features mixed with high-end finishes. This is the idea owners Jay and Jan Vavricek had in mind when they started working on this project more than two years ago.
“My wife and I wanted to create a destination that honored our Nebraska roots,” Jay Vavricek said. “We’ve achieved that atmosphere with our dining room that features reclaimed barn wood, high-ceiling rafters, exposed brick, windmills, and a statement waterfall feature.”
Once the main phases of construction were completed in May, Vavricek brought on Director of Operations and Executive Chef Jordan Narber to help finalize the construction; hire and lead the staff; and create the food and drink menus.
The menu features New-American entrees made from scratch with the highest-quality ingredients and locally sourced items. Menu items include steak, pasta, salads, and three fresh seafood options. Some of the specialty items featured include a 20 oz bone-in 40-day dry-aged rib eye, herb-crusted halibut and in-house smoked brisket sandwich served on Hasting’s Back Alley Bakery sourdough bread.
“The menu development has been a team effort between me and Sous Chef Andrew Watkins. It’s been quite the process to source everything fresh and get local items,” Narber said. “Our team has been training for three weeks to get the menu perfected.”
40 North Tap + Grille is also offering a full bar menu with 40 craft beers on tap, 30 bottled or canned beers, 40 wine varieties, and 20 signature cocktails. Bar Manager Kenny Aerni has been in the restaurant and bar industry his entire career and has developed the drink menu.
“The drink I’m most excited about is the smoke-infused old fashioned because you’re not just getting a great-tasting drink, you’re getting an experience,” Aerni said. “We also have true Champaign from the Champaign region in France.”
Diners will be able to sit inside the traditional dining room, patio fire-side seating, or in an upscale Sports Lounge. The Sports Lounge features a 128 square foot TV, 12 large TVs, seating for 116 people, and a full bar.
40 North is open Tuesday through Sunday with dinner hours from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Sports Lounge is open weekdays from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m.
40 North Tap + Grille is located in the old Antique Warehouse building at 520 W 3rd Street in Railside. Reservations are recommended but walk-ins are welcome. Reservations can be made on opentable.com or by calling (308) 385-2140. Private party dining options are also available. Nearby on-street parking and nightly off-street parking is available at Eakes Office Solutions, US Bank and Edwards Audio. For more information about 40 North Tap + Grille, please visit https://40NorthTapandGrille.com or on Facebook @40NorthTapandGrille.