Bennett, Larry Bennett, is back again with Tavern on the Square
A fourth attempt to establish a restaurant in the same location where Donahue’s Cafe existed for 64 years takes place next week.
Larry Bennett, a Corydon insuranceman and financial analyst, purchased Donahue’s Cafe in Corydon in July 2000.
In October of that year, after extensive remodeling of the building located at the corner of North Capitol Avenue and Walnut Street, Bennett opened, what else, Bennett’s.
Next, Bennett leased the restaurant, which was renamed Tavern on the Square, then later, with new lessees, it was called Rumors.
Bennett said he is reopening the restaurant with the Tavern on the Square name. The first day of business is expected to be Tuesday.
“It will be similar to what Bennett’s was when it first began,” Larry Bennett said.
“I think Corydon needs another good restaurant,” he said, adding that he didn’t want to take anything away from Magdalena’s Restaurant, located about a block south on the other side of the town square.
Working with Bennett is co-owner Doug Berry and his wife, Sally, of Corydon. Doug has managed the lounge at the Old Capital Golf Club about 3-1/2 years after moving here from Kendallville in northern Indiana.
Berry said the chef will be Vincent Arbuckle of Lanesville, whose previous restaurant work includes the Hyatt in Louisville.
“We’re going to try to keep employees to a minimum, and rely on family and friends,” Berry said.
For starters, Tavern on the Square will be open for dinner beginning at 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Carry-outs will be available.
“Once we get going, we’re going to try to open on Sundays for the church crowd,” Berry said.
Menu items include appetizers (chef’s special, breaded mushrooms, and queso and chips), soup (French onion and soup of the day) and sandwiches (Tavern Burger, choice of breaded, grilled or blackened cod, grilled chicken breast, breaded or grilled pork tenderloin, On the Square Club and BLT). A chicken tender basket is also available.
Side orders available are french fries, onion rings and Tavern on the Square salad.
Dinner meals, which come with choice of baked potato or fries, vegetable of the day, house salad and rolls, include 12-ounce ribeye, 8-ounce filet, breaded, grilled or blackened cod fish, grilled chicken breast, grilled pork tenderloin and a pasta special.
A kids’ menu is available.
At least two desserts will be available daily.
Tavern on the Square offers Coca-Cola products, tea and coffee.
The phone number is 734-1245.