Andrew and Scott Jones-Brothers have a big vision and a big dream for downtown Claremore. They’re bringing it to life in the form of Tap on the Tracks, Claremore’s first taproom. Officially, it’s Tap on the Tracks: Beer, Wine, and Snacks, and it will have something for everyone!
I never thought I’d see the day when I could order a glass of frozen rosé and enjoy it at a bistro table in a downtown Claremore alley, but that’s exactly what’s happening. Tap on the Tracks will serve champagne, rosé, the aforementioned frozen rosé, red and white wine, and beer. Being located in the heart of Route 66, the beer selection will feature Oklahoma beers, as well as those brewed along the Mother Road. They’ll even have a flight of beers where patrons can sample brews from Chicago to Los Angeles.
In addition to the drinks, they’ll also serve a variety of finger foods like beef jerky, hummus, and charcuterie boards. They’ll host different food trucks during lunch and dinner, even offering late-night food truck dining in the alley, where there will be tables set up. The alley will include the Fortna CPA patio, allowing for more guests to enjoy the atmosphere. There will be games to play, like giant Jenga and cornhole, and sunsails, fans, and heaters will keep things pleasant, despite the temperature. Bistro tables will also be set up in front of the taproom and a community table at the front of the space will allow guests to make new friends. The front will feature a garage door, allowing indoor/outdoor seating. A neon sign will be a nod to the good old days of Route 66.
The inside of the taproom will absolutely be elegant; in an effort to restore the original glory days of the building, the interior will blend 1920s glam with contemporary comfort, and a bar top crafted by Kyle Jamar. Kyle has built bars for Roosevelt’s, Prairie Brewpub, and Prossimo on Cherry Street. Scott’s parents have built the tables, and judging by the photos they showed me, they are going to look incredible. The bar stools have been created by Tulsa artists.
Andrew was raised in Claremore, so he’s quite familiar with our train situation. Scott, who is originally from Cleveland, Oklahoma, is getting used to it. They’ve decided to capitalize on the trains and encourage guests to embrace them. To keep things interesting, Tap on the Tracks will feature regular trivia nights, live music, and perhaps open mic nights. The venue will be open to all ages, so parents can bring the kids to enjoy a night on the town.
Andrew said, “We’re collaborative, not competitive. We want people to have dinner at Doe’s, then come in for a drink on the patio, admire the John Hammer mural, and play a game before strolling over to Main Street Tavern for dessert.”
Tap on the Tracks, located at 512 W. Will Rogers, is preparing for a mid-September opening date. Follow Tap on the Tracks on facebook and Instagram to keep updated with their progress. And of course, moreClaremore will keep you posted.
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