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First Look: Tatoheads Public House

Ayana Wilson Ayana Wilson First Look: Tatoheads Public HouseAll photos by Ayana Wilson.
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Tatoheads Public House officially opened to the public on July 14th.  At that time, they were exclusively serving the menu that had made the Tatoheads Food Truck so successful, which meant spuds in every way, shape, and form.

But Daniel McCarthy, founder of the Tatoheads brand, and the Tatoheads team are more than just what they can do with a potato, and last week, they officially began serving a menu that more closely resembles what will typically be offered at the new Tatoheads Public House.

“We’re trying to bring something new to this area, and have more balanced options,” shares McCarthy. “We know we’ll no longer be everyone’s bread and butter, but this is adventure, and it’s one we want folks to go on with us.”

McCarthy has hired Chef Matthew McLaughlin to reboot the menu, which is now populated with small plates, salads, burgers and wraps, dinner entrées, and daily specials not usually associated with a regular bar.

Like the Deconstructed Chicken & Potato Pot Pie, which eats like it would be more at home in a Soul Food restaurant, or the special Potato Crusted Tilapia, which is elegant in presentation and flavor.

There are still familiar enough options available – the Bruschetta Skins are a tasty spin on the traditional, and the Chorizo Burger, a bold combination of flavor – and an abbreviated list of Tatoheads truck fare can still be bought at Public House, including Traditional Poutine.

But that’s where familiar begins to take its leave. McCarthy has lofty plans for the space, which is already under construction. The bar top has been improved, and the 30-person patio fenced off.

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Locals should flock immediately to Tatoheads Public House for a final look at the original space before booths are added along the walls in the interior, the bar area overhauled to create better storage and dispension options, and the floors pulled up and redone.

Tatoheads Public House will also add a vegan barista station after renovation, where the quality and authenticity of the food being prepared for the vegan community McCarthy hopes will give the place a chance, can be better controlled.

With the continued help and support from the Parsons Avenue Village Association and the Merion Village Association, Tatoheads Public House hopes to hold it grand opening on September 23rd.

Tatoheads Public House is located at 1297 Parsons Avenue. Their hours of operation are Monday-Thursday, 4pm – midnight, Friday-Saturday, noon till 2:30am, and Sunday, noon-midnight.

To follow the progress of Tatoheads Public House, check out www.facebook.com/tatoheads.

All photos by Ayana Wilson.

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