In the next few months, Nick Sanders, CEO of The Tavern Restaurant Group
and owner of Nicholson’s Pub
, will be opening a beverage-based bar and restaurant downtown.
The Horse & Barrel is named for a bar that used to be inside another TRG restaurant, deSha’s
in Lexington. It will cater heavily to bourbon lovers, but will also serve cocktails and craft beer.
“There are lots of restaurants in the area, and this will be another space for people to relax and enjoy good beverages,” says Nancy Parrott, TRG’s director of marketing. “Whether you come by after work or you live downtown, Horse & Barrel will be another great space to be.”
Horse & Barrel’s main focus is bourbon, but the small food menu will feature small plates and shareable items with an American flare.
Not much renovation needs to be done to the space, which was most recently home to the Walnut Street Grill. The bar and restaurant has exposed brick and wood floors, and a drop ceiling is being added to create an intimate feel. The space is small, and will have cocktail-type seating for about 40.
TRG is also leasing the space above the restaurant, and will be creating a private event space for large groups, which will opened after Horse & Barrel.