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Tatoheads Public House Now Open on Parsons Avenue

Ayana Wilson Ayana Wilson Tatoheads Public House Now Open on Parsons AvenuePhotos by Walker Evans.
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It came as a bit of a shock when Jay Cheplowitz, owner of south side vegan hot spot Hal & Al’s, announced in early July that he had sold the popular watering hole. The venue had been open for five years and had long hosted the Food Truck & Cart Hop on the last Sunday of every month.

Daniel McCarthy founded the Tatoheads food truck in 2011, which has become one of the most popular in the city. He bought the spot at 1297 Parsons Avenue, and has redubbed it Tatoheads Public House.

The change in ownership was seamless, which means that the restaurant never actually closed. Instead, McCarthy offered the Hal & Al’s menu for two weeks, and then began the transition to the Tatoheads food truck menu on Monday, July 14th.

Guests can now enjoy the same fare they do from the truck at the brick-and-mortar, including the Bacon Cheese Fries and the Italian Beef Tots. There are some vegan selections still being offered as McCarthy works on evolving the menu to include more than just spuds by month’s end.

Customers will also appreciate that little will change on the awesome beer lineup that Hal & Al’s has always featured, although there will be more focus on streamlining for local products, including the addition of Rambling House Soda on tap and the introduction of a list of specially-chosen wines.

Tatoheads Public House is open Monday-Thursday, 4pm – midnight, Friday-Saturday, noon till 2:30am, and Sunday, noon-midnight. For more on Tatoheads Public House, follow www.facebook.com/tatoheads.


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  • tourist19

    So they are really going with this name huh? I want awesome things to happen here on the Southend, but this name is just terrible. No grown up is going to say to their friends, “Hey, let’s go to Tatoheads.” It was a cute kitschy name for a truck, but that doesn’t translate into a workable name for a brick and mortar.

    • I wholeheartedly agree. Even if they offer the same food as the truck–it’s just not a name I’d have chosen. Maybe something equally fun and potato-related, but not Tatoheads. I’m pretty sure we could come up with some fun spud-related names.

  • King Gambrinus

    I disagree, Tatoheads is their brand if they plan on offering Tatoheads food, why wouldn’t they include it in the name. Plus, if the building really looks like that blue box pictured above then the Tatoheads name is the only thing that’s gonna get me inside.

  • chaserdanger

    I wish they’d take out that front wall and put in some big windows. It’d really make the building much more appealing and welcoming to people outside the neighborhood.

    The area is safe too. I used to live around the corner on Moler across from Kroger.

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