510 Tavern to Open Wednesday on Glenwood South, Hosts Sneak Preview Tuesday

It didn’t take long for 510 Tavern partners Bobby Glass and Schaefer O’Neill to convert a restaurant and bar space at 510 Glenwood from Big Boom to 510 Tavern – just 32 days, to be exact.

Beginning Friday, October 30, 510 Tavern will be open from 11 a.m. until midnight, Sunday through Wednesday – and 11 a.m. until 2 a.m., Thursday through Saturday. Until the 30th, the Tavern will be opening at 4pm daily.

Partner Bobby Glass (who locals will recognize from Napper Tandy’s) says the goal of 510 Tavern is to offer “good food, at an affordable price, in a nice atmosphere”. Part of his recipe for success? Glenwood South restaurant and bar industry veteran Tommy Cullipher who will serve as chef and general manager.

O’Neill, who has restaurant experience from a family-owned concept in Illinois but primarily works in software now, is excited about this latest venture into the Raleigh hospitality industry because of the staff that Glass and Cullipher have assembled for this new concept. “Bobby is at the top of the list of local professionals. He knows the people, he’s well-respected, and he’s the heart of what Downtown Raleigh is about”, says O’Neill.

A first look at the Tavern menu includes a wide assortment of appetizers under $10, soups and salads, sandwiches, flat breads, entrees, and a desserts, including a personal favorite, dubbed “Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes” (featuring Guinnesss cake, Jameson ganache, and Bailey’s frosting… cheers!) Some of the more unique menu items include “Dorito’s-Crusted Pepper Jack Cheese Sticks”, “Korean Philly Cheese Steak” (with pickled veggies), and several in-house smoked items like brisket, wings, ribs and more. Even short ribs will debut in two or three menu items. The full dinner menu will be served until at least 10 p.m., with some menu items available later in the evening. (Vegetarians take note – one fryer will be exclusive to non-meat items!)

The bar will feature extensive whiskey and tequila selections.

Outside patio seating will accommodate about 40, while there’s room for about 140 inside with bar, high-top, and table seating all available.

Entertainment will include a DJ Thursday through Saturday nights, as well as the addition of other programming like trivia likely on weeknights. Glass notes that a “soft sound system” has been installed to minimize disruption to 510 Glenwood residential neighbors.

510 Tavern is hosting a sneak preview event on Tuesday, Oct. 26, from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. featuring drink specials and half-priced appetizers. DTRNews.com readers are invited to attend at any time during the evening!

A new website, 510Tavern.com, is forthcoming with the restaurant’s opening this week.


Lisa Jeffries

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