The doors to The Tavern at Wrentham have been open for more than two years but, for owner Doug Smith, the conversion from the old place to his place wasn't complete until last month when the patio was renovated and transformed into an actual room. For longtime patrons of both the new and old Tavern, the space is remembered for its step down from the main building. Now it’s seamlessly part of The Tavern at Wrentham. "I think we put Tom's Tavern to bed," Smith said referring to the old name of the place. "When you come and see this room, it doesn't look like the old patio at all."
The Tavern has changed significantly under Smith’s ownership. Both the outside and inside have been renovated. The new room is now fully enclosed and resolves some safety issues the old patio faced. "We weren't able to use the patio because it was structurally unsound," Smith explains.
The room measures 28’ x 32’, features a full bar, flat screen TVs and seats 48 people. The grand opening is set for this weekend, August 17th and 18th, and will feature the music of Wrentham's InTransition both Friday and Saturday night. Aftermath, another local group, will also play Saturday night. “They’re going to blow the roof off this place,” Smith says.
The new room will be used for live music, karaoke and trivia night and will give the place extra capacity. "In the past we had to turn customers away because we didn't have enough seating," he said.
Smith is happy how the place has developed over its first two years and he is appreciative of the clientele that show up week after week. “We have a lot of very faithful and outstanding customers,” he says.
InTransition will hit the stage at 9 p.m. both nights with Aftermath performing an hour set starting at 8 p.m. on Saturday night. The Grand Opening will also feature a special menu. The Tavern at Wrentham is located at 263 Shears St.