Savannah Taphouse, which touts itself as an upscale sports bar, is scheduled to open Thursday on East Broughton Street. The two-story eatery housed in the old Avon Theatre space is part of a Charleston, S.C.-based collection of restaurants co-owned by Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
“Ben is in the middle of his football season right now, but he will visit,” said Jyles Sosa, a spokesman for the restaurant and its parent company, King Street Grille. Roethlisberger and Scott Kier own several of the King Street restaurants in the Charleston and Myrtle Beach areas of South Carolina.
The menu — burgers, flatbreads, salads and the like — is similar to that of the King Street restaurants, but the Taphouse has a bit of a beer focus as well. The bar has 40 draft beers and more than 100 bottled selections. Ten are Georgia beers, and a selection from Savannah brewery Southbound is on the menu.
Like the company’s original location in downtown Charleston, the location here matters.
“Savannah is a lot like Charleston, historical wise,” Sosa said.
But it’s not just the vintage spot that attracted the King Street company. The 5,800-square-foot restaurant is part of the Broughton Street Collection promoted by Atlanta-based developer Ben Carter.
“Obviously the development of Broughton Street was a factor, and we wanted to be a part of that,” Sosa said.
And, if it goes well, there’s room for seconds.
“Other Savannah locations are not out of the question,” Sosa said.
The Savannah Taphouse at 125 E. Broughton St. will have its grand opening at 5 p.m. Thursday. The restaurant will be open every day from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. For more information, go to www.savannahtaphouse.com.