Owners Jan & Jay Vavricek of Grand Island had long dreamed of a restaurant that provided a high-quality experience with high-quality cuisine. That became 40 North Tap + Grille; a place of fine-dining across all facets as well as a high-quality sports lounge for the sports enthusiast.In 2018 Jay and Jan began bringing this dream to a reality and purchased to historic Antique Warehouse building on the corner of 3rd & Elm in Railside. High vaulted ceilings, exposed brick and over 100 years of stories, this building proved to be the right location to bring the dream to fruition.
Grand Island’s geographical location is 40 degrees North and 98 degrees West. The 40 North name is derived from those coordinates, to pinpoint where we are from. “We want to celebrate the communities and the people that make living in central Nebraska so great,” said owner Jay Vavricek. “Our mission is to be locally owned, locally grown, and locally enjoyed. Keeping in mind the ‘scratch kitchen’ philosophy, we will feature local, wholesome and fresh ingredients.”
A love for the surrounding land is the underlying source of inspiration for our seasonal menus at 40 North Tap + Grille. The majority of our ingredients come from right here in central Nebraska. Get a taste of our menu.
Seasonality and support of our local community are central to our philosophy at 40 North Tap + Grille. We’re passionate about cooking with local, seasonal ingredients and love how they can inspire new dishes.
The building that is home to 40 North Tap + Grille was built 100-years ago with an automotive history. Inside are the same rafters, delivered by horse and wagon and by train.
The building was occupied by WL Brotherton Motor Company, Norris Motor Company, Killion Motor Company and as you see in the photo, Oakland Pontiac. It housed a number of dealerships before becoming a used office furniture outlet and a rustic antique store.
Jay and Jan Vavricek of Grand Island saw the empty building and wanted to bring the building back to life, and 40 North Tap + Grille was born. It’s a complement to downtown Grand Island and offers a fine dining experience that had been missing for some time. It is a tribute to Grand Island’s rich history and heritage.
The restoration of the 9,000 square foot building features wood taken from Nebraska barns to a windmill from Ainsworth Nebraska. The Vavriceks have incorporated sixty-year-old cherry wood bars, tile from Italy and modern amenities of all types.
The amenities include modern heating and air conditioning, windmill fans and state-of-the-art touchless bathroom facilities. You will enter the building through a no touch entrance, and of course all of the furniture and equipment has been added to create an unforgettable dining experience.
From the roaring Twenties, to the 2020s, the building is as strong as the day she was built. 40 North Tap + Grille takes advantage of the natural ambience that she provides to our restaurant guests.