Bottle and Tap to open in former Happy’s space on Coursey

Local restaurateur Stephen Hightower plans to open a craft brew pub and beer garden later this summer in the space at 11445 Coursey Blvd. that formerly was occupied by Happy’s Irish Pub.

The establishment will be called Bottle and Tap and will feature a rotating selection of regional craft beers, as well as a rotating selection of 50 bottled beers from around the world.

“There has been such a growth of local breweries in this area, so this will showcase those regional products,” says Hightower, who is also a part-owner of the two City Pork restaurants. “We will have a full bar as well, but we really want to showcase regional craft brews.”

Hightower, whose previous restaurant ventures include Leroy’s and Frankie’s Dawg House, says he long has been interested in the craft beer movement, and believes there is demand for a venue that will specialize in the growing number of regional craft brews from the southeastern U.S. When the former Happy’s space became available in February he decided it would be a good fit.

“There are places like this in other markets around the country,” he says. “Raleigh, North Carolina, has a lot of them and they’re doing great. I think this is something that could really work well here.”

Bottle and Tap will not serve food initially, but Hightower hopes to begin food service there in the months to come.

“We definitely plan on offering food once we get rolling,” he says. “But we want to wait and see what the customers want and how that all plays out.”

Hightower says Bottle and Tap—which he co-owns with Brian Reams and Lynette Gardner—is a separate venture from his ownership interest in the City Pork restaurants. He hopes the establishment will be open by July.

—Stephanie Riegel

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