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Henderson Gets Sporty

Henderson Tap House brings beer and sports-bar vibe to hot district

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Henderson Avenue gets a new happy-hour-centric beer spot with Henderson Tap House, which opens March 7. Undeterred by what has up until now been a seriously jinxed location, the new bar-restaurant goes into the space at 2323 Henderson Ave. that has housed such doomed concepts as Pulcinella, Urbino Pizza and Horne & Dekker.

Henderson Tap House is going for a neighborhood hangout thing with casual American food and a sports-bar atmosphere. A release describes the 7,000-square-foot space as housing two large bars with 24 drafts and 50 bottled beers, including craft selections and tall boys in paper bags.

Wait, what? Tall boys in paper bags?

The menu plans to utilize the wood-fired oven that Pulcinella installed back in the day, with pizzas served until 1:30 am. Other highlights include prime rib and potato nachos, shrimp with Sriracha glaze, a jalapeño-stuffed burger topped with pepper Jack cheese and "fire sauce," lobster mac and cheese, and braised chicken thighs with cheddar hominy grits.

Desserts include chocolate chip cookies and a glass of milk.

Summoning the spirit of Cheers, managing partner Tim McEvilly says that "everyone might not know your name instantly, but it will certainly feel as if they do."

The space has "multiple" HD TVs, live acoustic entertainment, pub trivia, DJs and dancing on weekends. Also, happy hours galore: Monday-Thursday, 4 to 7 pm; Friday, 3 to 8 pm; and Saturday, 11 am to 7 pm.

Specials include $1 off calls, drafts and specialty cocktails; $2 off wells, domestics and wine; and a $5 happy hour menu with half-price pizzas. An Industry VIP special anytime includes $4 calls and half-price pizzas. Sunday Funday features $10 bottles of champagne and an orange juice carafe, $5 Bloody Mary bar, and brunch from 11 am to 5 pm.

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