Next month, Seminole Heights will debut its very first sports bar concept, Social House. Taking over the former Mortar & Pestle space, a trio of friends dreamed up the eatery about a month ago, and plan to open its doors in the beginning weeks of April.
The team is made up of industry vet, Taylor Caum, who will be handling the bar aspect; Ricky Coston, VP of SoFresh, is crafting the menu, and Logan Payne, former NFL player and longtime friend of Coston, will assist with front-end logistics.
Although the restaurant will have TVs so sports fans can catch the latest game, owners promise that the space won’t be a bro hangout with mounted jerseys.
“We are not going to be a full-blown sports bar, we want to be welcoming for everyone,” reassures Payne. “Industrial aesthetic, all things concrete, wood, steel, iron and copper.”
Think elevated sports bar, with a lot of bubbly.
The full-liquor bar will host 32 taps — 22 of which will feature macro and micro brews, and 10 non-beer, meaning white wine, sangria and cocktails. Yes, cocktails on tap, people.
Pitchers will also be available, another offering that is new to the Seminole Heights neighborhood restaurant district.
The menu will include “thoughtful” American fare, which Caum describes as fresh, quality ingredients for burger and wing dishes accompanied by custom sauces. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options will be available as well.
Heavy with communal seating, guests are encouraged to meet their neighbors — “don’t be scared to rub elbows with people you don't know,” Caum says with a laugh. The restaurant will offer high top, lounge and bar seating inside, and picnic tables on their newly renovated patio.
The team is still working on the overall layout of Social House, but it may continue to transform to meet the neighborhood’s needs.
Weeks away from opening, the guys are tying up loose ends deciding on uniforms for employees and installing kitchen hardware.
Just in time for baseball season to kick off.
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