After a few successful years in operation, North Quarter Tavern and its adjacent Bar Room will close to make way for a "neighborhood-focused local pub" and a "classic cocktail lounge."
Owner Craig Ustler announced the pair of closings in a statement this week, which also detailed a new operating partnership with Church Street Entertainment. CSE already owns downtown watering holes like Ember, Latitudes, Cahoots, Chillers, Irish Shannon’s, 180 Skytop Lounge and Crafted.
Both bars will close Dec. 31 (they'll be open for brunch that day). At the moment there's currently no word on what the names or concepts will be.
Ustler says he wants to focus more on the upcoming Creative Village and Florida Hospital Health Village, and less on his restaurants and bars.
food critic Faiyaz Kara reviewed North Quarter Tavern
a couple of years ago with glowing remarks. "In many ways, this chef-driven joint makes the ideal neighborhood restaurant – good service, a modest selection of drinks, and a food-focused ethic," said Kara.