The long-running rivalry between Brennan’s Colony (2299 Lee Rd., 216.371.1010) and The Tavern Company (2260 Lee Rd., 216.321.6001) is a lot like that of the Browns and Steelers: There hasn’t been much of a competition for eons. Though both saloons boast impressive track records in Cleveland Heights, it’s been the Colony that has dominated the pub-style dining scene, earning praise for its consistent fare. New ownership at “TavCo,” however, promises to make this friendly competition a tad more interesting. Recently purchased by Chris Armington, a 12-year veteran and manager from the Colony, Tavern Co. seems poised for some serious culinary upgrades. Heading up the kitchen will be Jamie Wynbrandt, also a longtime employee from across the street. During his 10-plus years at the Colony, Wynbrandt did much to improve the food there.
“We’re keeping the name, but the menu will be completely different,” explains the new executive chef. Call it upscale pub grub or gastropub fare, the menu will feature freshly made soups, salads, entrees and specials. When kitchen renovations are completed in three weeks, diners can look forward to chopped salmon salad, steamed mussels appetizers, braised short ribs, and seared scallops. “We won’t be serving the same types of foods that the Colony does,” adds Wynbrandt. For now, the Tavern Co. is open for drinks only.