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.