|An inside look at the refurbished space. (photo provided)|
What had been in development since 2016 under the name Cork 'n' Cow recently was announced as being changed to just plain Tavern because of a change in the ownership team. Now, however, it is open as Kiernans Craft Tavern. No apostrophe, apparently, judging by its Facebook page and photos.
Originally, the space was the Vin Santo wine bar owned by Craig Allen, owner of the nearby All Star Wine & Spirits. That changed fairly quickly, and became the new home to The Epicurean Wine Bar & Bistro that had originated on Route 7 east of the Troy city line.
So, three businesses, five different names.
The sole owner is Josh Kiernan, whose restaurant management background is largely in high-end dining -- Black & Blue Steak and Crab in Guilderland and Prime at Saratoga National in Saratoga Springs. He said the venue is operating in soft opening mode with a grand opening planned for a yet-to-be announced date in August. Until then, it is serving a limited food menu. (Click here for a look at the renovation work that went into the project.)
As I reported earlier, the head chef is Drew Queen, an experienced chef but new to the Capital Region. The beverage director and chief bartender is Barry Muscatello, a veteran area barman who once worked at The Epicurean.
The new establishment is offering, or will when fully up to speed, a wide range of beers (click here for the beer menu) as well as more than 100 spirits.
Kiernans Craft Tavern is located on the north side of Latham Farms. Hours: Bar from 3 p.m. and kitchen from 4 Tuesday through Sunday. Closed Mondays. Phone: 518-783-4719.