Joe McBane is not one to shy away from ambitious goals. He took a leap of faith back in the day when he signed on to work at The Old Toad, an ocean away from his native Sheffield. When he opened his own place, the Tap and Mallet, he stayed true to an uncompromising vision of what a beer bar should be, gutting and reconstructing the building in the process. But opening his new restaurant, the Tap and Table, before July might be his most challenging task yet.
The Tap and Table will be different from the Gregory Street gastropub. Of course they’ll go heavy on the craft beer, but this place will have a full bar and broader menu which will lean heavily on locally sourced ingredients. The main draw, however, is going to be location.
This place is going to be pretty amazing. It’s located in Corn Hill Landing, on the water, with a view of Rochester’s prettiest side (that is, when the view isn’t cluttered up with local attorneys filming cheesy commercials). But that waterfront location forces McBane’s hand. He NEEDS to be open to catch the summer traffic. Knowing Joe, he’ll get it done, probably with just enough time to spare to let him enjoy a pint on his new patio.