DURHAM — The new owners of the former Time Out Taverne location say they are excited to create a new legacy for the well-known gathering place.
“We just thought it would be a fun thing to be a part of – to bring (the business) back,” said co-owner Tara Satrazemis, who grew up in Durham and now lives in Wilton.
The restaurant at 100 New Haven Road has been renamed Horseshoe Taverne.
Horseshoe Taverne co-owner Chris Giotsas, who owns Joe Pizza locations in Simsbury and Canton, was looking for a third restaurant location when the Time Out Taverne closed in February. He reached out to Satrazemis and her husband, also Giotsas’ cousin, to see what they thought of him acquiring the site.
“We thought it would be a great idea for Chris to purchase it,” said Tara Satrazemis, who grew up going to the Time Out Taverne. Soon after she signed on as a partner.
The full-time mom and former certified public accountant has no restaurant experience, but feels her knowledge of the community will be an asset.
Before the planned September opening, the restaurant will be renovated to make it more of a “family friendly space” with a “sports bar feel.”
“We're gonna make some changes to the dining room that we hope will be more conducive to … family (gatherings) but then also groups of people looking to celebrate,” Satrazemis said.
They hope to open before the Durham Fair scheduled for Sept. 26 to 29.
Giotsas has been involved in the restaurant industry his whole life.
He plans to bring the Joe Pizza menu to the Horseshoe Taverne – including pizza, eggplant fries and freshly ground burgers – while also adding some new items like steak and seafood.
“Just keep that tavern pub feel, nice, good comfort foods,” Giotsas said.
Local brews, more taps
They also plan to feature lots of local breweries and add five more taps to the system for a total of 15.
The restaurant’s name is based on a family farm in Vermont called Horseshoe Farm, with the idea of creating a grass roots New England feel. New decorations will have a modern farmhouse feel.
Once a logo is finalized, Satrazemis said they will be very active on social media.
“We're just thrilled that the community seems to be really excited about it,” she said.
Giotsas said they also hope to get involved in the community.
“... help out with schools, athletics, same thing we do with Joe Pizza,” Giotsas said. “We sponsor sports teams, whatever we can do to help be a part of the community.”
Time Out Taverne closed suddenly with signs posted on its windows saying “Time Out Taverne is now closed. We’ll miss you! Thanks for your patronage!!” Owners Jack and Karen Castiglione and Gary Carmichael could not be reached for comment, but the restaurant’s website stated the decision to close was made under “great pressure, and with great reluctance.”
Giotsas said former Time Out Taverne employees will have the opportunity to interview for positions.