The restaurant and bar scene on 15th Avenue East isn’t exactly lacking, what with Ethan Stowell’s continued domination (Rione XIII, Anchovies & Olives, Bar Cotto) and Linda Derschang’s stalwart Smith, but for the last few months it has lacked a certain…medieval-ness. CHS reports that The Hill’s much loved Chaucer-inspired Canterbury Ale & Eats, which occupied its spot at 15th and Mercer for 37 years before closing late last year, is on the verge of reopening under new owners Mike Meckling and James Snyder as a considerably less dive-y iteration of its former self.
The medieval theme will stay, in the form of chain mail screens, dark English pub-style wood, a recently uncovered Canterbury Tales mural, and yes, the resident suit of armor, but the space will be completely opened up and will feature a brand new 30-foot-long bar, 30 taps, new seating areas and most notably, a new chef and menu. Cormac Mahoney, former head chef at the recently closed Madison Park Conservatory, will serve as new head chef, and according to Eater his menu will consist of elevated versions of traditional English pub food, including fried rockfish and chips, Canterbury bangers, deep fried cheese curds, French onion gratin, and steak tartar with bone marrow tots – a far cry from the fries and chicken strips that graced the previous menu.
This will not be the Canterbury of days of yore, but we are glad to see it given new life and continue to occupy its spot on 15th. Its projected public opening date is May 30, but check its Facebook page for the most up to date opening info!