At Park Tavern, something is always changing.
Whether it’s switching out one of the 40 beers on tap or some of the menu items, the restaurant is often providing guests with new offerings. The cocktail list changes with the seasons, and its items either have a fall/winter or spring/summer theme.
“You have to always provide an opportunity for your guests to enjoy new flavors and new offerings,” said Chris Johnston, the director of operations at Park Tavern. “Those are some examples of giving our guests the opportunity for some variety and some ownership to their dining experience.”
Billed as the “local neighborhood tavern,” Park Tavern opened in October 2014. In the last four years, Park Tavern has looked to its customers to help with its growth.
“The most important component of growth in this industry is to listen to your guests’ feedback and how you can provide them the best experience possible,” Johnston said. “We’re not perfect by any stretch, but we certainly are humbled by the fact that we have very smart, caring, compassionate people that genuinely want us to succeed. We want to make sure that we do them justice by filtering through the information so that we can continue to grow as a company and a business in that community.”
Park Tavern is active in the community through its own philanthropic efforts and with the Greater Severna Park and Arnold Chamber of Commerce. The most popular way Park Tavern benefits the community is through its giveback nights. Schools, nonprofit groups and local churches invite people to Park Tavern, and 15 percent of the proceeds from each meal go to their cause that night.
Last year, Park Tavern created a Coast Guard-themed beer for Veterans Day and donated some of the proceeds to the Coast Guard. Park Tavern also participates in silent auctions and donates items to various community events.
“What we do is not rocket science,” Johnston said. “It’s pretty straightforward: We take care of people, and they take care of us.”
Johnston said the Severna Park community is composed of “families, friends and wonderful people” who share an experience whenever they go into Park Tavern.
“It’s more than just a meal and a beer to us. We genuinely try to make a connection with our guests,” Johnston said. “The loyalty that is built through that relationship that we have with our community is something that we’re very proud of it, and it’s something that we pride ourselves on making stronger every single day.”
Park Tavern is rolling out its new fall cocktail list. The restaurant will also participate in the chamber’s annual holiday Taste and Sip at Homestead Gardens on November 14.
Park Tavern is located at 580 Ritchie Highway in Severna Park. It’s open from 11:00am-midnight Monday-Thursday, 11:00am-1:00am on Friday and Saturday, and 10:00am-midnight on Sunday. For more information, call 410-793-5930 or visit www.parktavernsp.com.