Melzingah Tap House will open its doors to the public on Wednesday.
But those hoping to be among the first to sample the Beacon restaurant’s craft beer menu and pub fare will want to come prepared with a reservation.
For its first few weeks, Melzingah Tap House will require reservations for tables. Though lucky walk-ins might be able to secure a spot at the bar, the restaurant will control the flow of guests as they make sure everything works, according to co-owner Dana Collins.
“It will be reservations-only to start,” she said. “We have been building Melzingah up for months. We don’t want people to have to wait three hours for a table. We want to be able to give each customer a great first impression.”
But that won’t be a permanent requirement at the restaurant.
“Once we have a grasp on what our kitchen can handle, we will open things up more,” she said.
Melzingah Tap House, located at 554 Main St. will offer a varied cocktail and beer menu accompanied by pub-style fare with a twist.
With the Beacon Cupcake Festival and Cinco de Mayo coming up, Collins didn’t want to hold off on the opening.
“If you wait and wait, you’re always going to find something you can improve,” she said. “We decided to bite the bullet.”
Melzingah Tap House held two friends and family nights over the weekend to ensure everything ran smoothly. Guests were asked to comment on any issues
“These were people we knew; they weren’t going to write something bad on Facebook or Yelp if there was a problem,” she said. “There was some really good feedback. They left notes on a comment card. There wasn’t anything crazy, a few small things here and there. Easy fixes.”
Dana and Kevin Collins also own The Barking Frog in Beacon and Publick House in Pleasant Valley.
Originally published by Geoffrey Wilson of The Poughkeepsie Journal at http://bit.ly/2OiaFIw