Old Ciago’s Space to Become My Way Tavern’s Second Wake County Location

My Way Tavern owner Andrew Stafford will add a second location to his porfolio this fall when he wraps up construction in the former Ciago’s space on St. Mary’s Street.

The original location in Holly Springs is a popular destination for its comfort food menu and hospitable atmosphere. Stafford plans to carry as much of that as possible into the Downtown Raleigh location when it opens in early November (tentative).

At the bar, there will be 18 rotating taps, sure to include lots of NC craft beer, and over 100 beers available bottled. In the kitchen, the walk-in cooler has been covered to a beer cooler, because the only things you’ll find on My Way Tavern’s menu that are frozen are the ice cream and the french fries.

Examples of the made to order menu that I can’t wait to try include the variety of mac and cheese dishes, that you really can get prepared “My Way”, with your choice of ingredients, or from the menu selections of “Classic Mac”, “Horsey Mac”, Buffalo Chicken Mac”, and others. (See the whole line-up at http://mywaytavern.com/menus/lunch-dinner/.)

From 88 reviews on Yelp that average 4 out of 5 stars, some of the standout comments include: “The homemade chips are awesome and I always order the Sammy~blackened mahi sandwhich and it is delicious” and “Their staff is always friendly, upbeat and well knowledge on the beer and food selections.” (Read more.)

The Downtown location will be open at 11 a.m. daily, serving the full menu all day, and closing at midnight on Sunday and Monday, 2 a.m. all other days.

Stafford says that he wants this location to be much like the neighborhood tavern it is in Holly Springs, “where everyone feels like they are a ‘regular'” and promises to be “sports-friendly” (lots of TVs for game day), but will include other programming after the first few months of opening to include trivia on Tuesday and live acoustic music on Wednesday and Saturday. As a family-owned business, Stafford’s wife Nikki is also heavily-involved in the business, including keeping one bartending shift because she loves being “one of the team” and knowing their customers well.

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Lisa Jeffries

A good old-fashioned Southern girl - at home in the modern world.