Although New York’s fabled bar the Cedar Tavern closed in 2006 — after decades of serving artists like Jack Kerouac, Bob Dylan and Jackson Pollock in Greenwich Village — its 150-year-old mahogany bar has been resurrected at a new Austin dining spot.
The Cedar Tavern at Eberly, a collection of dining and drinking places on South Lamar Boulevard, is now opened with the historic mahogany bar as its centerpiece. Eberly will open in its entirety in the coming weeks, with the remainder of the spaces including a dining room, a rooftop terrace and a study.
Formerly the co-owners of Stubb’s, John Scott and Eddy Patterson decided to purchase the New York Cedar Tavern’s bar for their new project of Eberly, announced three years ago. The $150,000 bar was taken apart into hundreds of pieces, stored for ten years, according to a press release, and brought down to Austin by movers dealing in the transportation of fine art.
“The Eberly team worked meticulously to reassemble and refurbish the bar, including the original stained glass pieces from the bar that were strengthened and restored by the original supplier, Kokomo Opalescent Glass, in Kokomo, Indiana,” according to the press release.
All that hard work was clearly worth it for the Eberly co-founders.
“We are thrilled to finally have a new home for the Cedar Tavern bar worthy of its rich history and beauty,” Patterson said in the press release.
Now that the Cedar Tavern is now opened, locals will be able to crowd around the same bar where visionary artists used to assemble and order a cocktail. The drinks program is being helmed by Kelon Bryant, of the Continental Club and most recently of Justine’s Brasserie. He’ll offer classic cocktails and local brews.
Pair one of those with food from executive chef Jim Tripi and executive pastry chef Natalie Gazaui, who have crafted a menu of “classic American tavern food,” such as fish and chips, duck fat fries, raw oysters and caviar. Tripi and Gazaui are also in charge of the food program of Eberly as a whole.
Eberly gets its name from another piece of history, this time in Texas. It’s a tribute to a local innkeeper named Angelina Eberly, “who stood up to President Sam Houston and his Texas Rangers by firing a cannon to stave off a rebellion and preserve Austin as the capital of Texas in 1846,” according to the release.
Houston, the first president of the Texas Republic, wanted the capital to be in Houston, the gulf city named after him, but Texas’ subsequent president, Mirabeau B. Lamar, decided a site along the Colorado River in Central Texas was the better place for the fledgling government. When Houston became president again, ordering his men to move the Texas archives to Houston, Eberly’s quick actions helped to keep Austin as the capital.
The Cedar Tavern is opened from 5 p.m. to midnight Sundays through Friday and 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturdays at 615 S. Lamar Blvd. For more information, visit eberlyaustin.com.
This post has been updated to note that the Cedar Tavern is now opened.