Craft Tap House: Reclaimed Space


The Facts:

701 Main Street E | (716) 714-5440

Mon – Thurs 11am – 12am; Fri – Sun 11am – 2am; Happy Hour Mon-Fri 3pm – 6pm



Where can you get Thanksgiving everyday and a great choice of beers to wash down the turkey? East Aurora’s new Craft Tap House on Main Street. The completely renovated space, did I say COMPLETELY (formerly the East End Grill & Bar) is now covered with reclaimed wood from old pallets and rustic metal touches. The space is small, cozy and very inviting.


The new Tap House was started by Jason and Emilee Astephen, currently of Charlotte, North Carolina where Jason has been an owner/operator in the Restaurant and bar business for over 10 years. Jason is originally from Portland, Maine. Emilee is an East Aurora native.

The idea for the Tap House is to focus on good quality, farm fresh food and craft beverages. Jason hopes to use local ingredients when possible including bread from East Aurora’s own Elm Street Bakery down the street. The food commands interest by offering some non-typical buffalo options. The menu hints at the owner’s southern tastes, a refreshing twist for us Northerners. You’ll find the lunch menu short and to the flavorful point – on a chalkboard for now, and the dinner menu on a clipboard. We get the feeling they take food and drink seriously – besides that, they want everyone to relax and enjoy in a comfortable atmosphere.

Plans to expand the space are already in the works. The existing front porch will offer quite a bit of outdoor seating come warmer weather, but it won’t end there. Jason tells us he hopes to expand the venue all the way down to the sidewalk with a fire pit as the center piece. Ideas for the outdoor space in the back of the building include a traditional beer garden with a wood burning oven to make the artful flatbreads – pictured above.

The bar offers over 20 draft beers- some local, over 30 bottles, specialty cocktails, and a variety of craft wines.  To top it off, they’ll feature live music here and there – check their Facebook for updates.

Stop in for a drink, a dip (as in appetizer, no pool here) and a touch of southern cooking by way of East Aurora and Western New York.


Menu items to look for:

House Ricotta – local honey, served with crackers ($4)

T.E.D. (Thanksgiving Every Day) – cajun roasted turkey, cornbread stuffing, cranberry mayo on Elm Street Bakery sourdough ($9.50)

Craft Sandwiches served with choice of the day’s sides

FGBLT – fried green tomatoes, bacon, bacon jam, lettuce, tomato & mayo served on Elm Street Bakery bread & with choice of the day’s sides ($9)

One of 3 BLT sandwiches (Turkey & Cali)

Margarita Flatbread – roasted garlic, white balsamic, pecorino romano, basil, tomato & mozzarella ($7.50)



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