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Tavern has sports bar atmosphere

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By Jesef Williams

There's a new spot in town where you can watch your favorite sporting events and enjoy a wide selection of food and spirits.

The Lancaster Tavern at 1436 Charlotte Highway opened about three weeks ago in the building that used to be Armadillo's Grill and Cantina.

General manager and co-owner Bernard Carter said his restaurant offers an experience different from other restaurants and bars in Lancaster.

The food

The Lancaster Tavern's menu has everything from steaks to burgers and ribs to pastas.

The restaurant also offers rarities such as fried green tomatoes and fried pickle chips. Everything is cooked fresh, and the meat is prepared on a grill using hickory mesquite flavor.

The bar offers a wide selection of liquor, beer, wine, coffee, green tea, sodas and other non-alcoholic beverages.

Carter said the restaurant is suitable for all ages. The main dining area is separated from the bar area and air purifiers are on the ceiling near the bar to help eliminate smoke.

"We want to tailor to everybody," Carter said. "We're not a club and we don't want to be a club. We are a restaurant. We thrive on our fresh food."

Lancaster resident Gina Taylor has been to the tavern about five times since it opened. She's been pleased with the dishes she's tried and loves the restaurant's desserts, especially the turtle cheesecake.

"I love the fact they have so many side items," Taylor said. "Everything has been good. The food is so good, you can't help but come back."

Sports

The Lancaster Tavern has already been a top choice for many locals looking to catch their favorite sports.

Several football fans came to watch the Dallas Cowboys/Green Bay Packers game a few weeks ago and the tavern was a hot spot Saturday night for the Floyd Mayweather/Ricky Hatton boxing match. Carter said the tavern will carry all the upcoming NFL playoff and college bowl games.

Patrons are able to enjoy these events on eight high-definition TVs spread throughout the building. There are five 32-inch flat screen TVs, two 42-inch plasma TVs and a 60-by-40 inch flat screen projector.

Carter, who's lived in Lancaster about two years, has been in the restaurant business for several years, and since April was looking to open a spot in town. He said many people often had to go to Rock Hill or Charlotte to experience the true sports bar atmosphere, but they can now get it at Lancaster Tavern.

"We want people to have an upbeat, great dining experience," Carter said.

In the spring, the tavern will have an outside dining patio. Carter also plans to make karaoke and live music part of the tavern experience.

Carter said a formal grand opening will be within the next month, possibly on New Year's Eve.

Contact Jesef Williams

at 283-1152 or

jwilliams@thelancasternews.com