When you envision your local watering hole, the proverbial neighborhood bar comes to mind, where the atmosphere is light, your troubles disappear, and everyone knows your name. That is the vibe that exudes from Local’s Tavern – South of the Bridge, an eating and drinking establishment that opened in February right here in Leland.
Situated within the Cross Creek Commons shopping plaza near Walmart, Local’s Tavern is a bar that sets itself apart from the rest. Atypical of the options available in the area, this bar is not a franchise. It is locally owned and is the combined effort of six Leland residents who had the desire to continue the neighborly, hometown momentum that the former bar which previously occupied the space offered.
The new owners include husband and wife, Sharon and Scott Evans, Chad and Jenny Phillips, as well as two silent partners who also reside in Leland.
As patrons of the former bar, they used to contemplate the future of the space if it ever ceased operations. Partly in jest, the couples envisioned taking it over. When the opportunity arose, they were eager to take the reins.
As Sharon Evans recounts, the group of friends wanted to support a locally owned establishment where people of the community could come to gather, enjoy lively entertainment, eat and drink while being surrounded by friends. They were driven to preserve the former bar’s ambiance under their ownership.
Together they joined forces, took over operations, and within 36 days of the former bar’s closing, reopened as Local’s Tavern. The group worked tirelessly, sometimes until 2 am, to remodel and revamp the interior. They opened their doors with a new look, new name, and the best part of all was they maintained the same familiar faces and have now acquired new ones.
The remarkable thing about the project was that many of the bar’s patrons were there to lend a helping hand. Bar regulars donated their time and craftsmanship to assure that the new bar would open and revive the hometown feel they had all come to love.
In gratitude for their support, Scott Evans placed eleven name plates around the bar in strategic locations to honor those individuals that helped with the handy work.
“We brought back a majority of the former employees,” says Sharon Evans, highlighting the group’s commitment to keeping it local.
Local’s Tavern is keeping it lively too with entertainment throughout the week. They offer themed nights including trivia night and open mic night. On Fridays, live music begins after 4:30 pm on their patio, as well as Saturdays when music begins after 8:00 pm.
Aside from a full liquor bar, they serve up assorted craft brews and American fare for all to enjoy. “We have a full kitchen, not with your typical bar food,” says Sharon. The kitchen, which is open until 1:00 am daily, rustles up all types of mouth-watering sandwiches, burgers, seafood baskets, hand-cut steaks, and an assortment of other menu items.
Local’s Tavern is the neighborhood bar that believes in keeping it local and is quickly becoming a fixture in the community. Stop by and check them out, they are open daily from 11:00 am until 2:00 am – you’ll be glad you did!
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1107 New Pointe Blvd #9
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