Tried & True Alehouse has something to celebrate.
The restaurant, 4825 E. 96th St., is celebrating its one-year anniversary and, better yet, business has picked up since the 96th Street and Keystone Parkway interchange has been completed. To celebrate, a free appetizer will be given away for all seven days the week of Jan. 27 with a meal purchase.
“It was a tough first year with the construction,” said Carmel resident John Gladish, who co-owns the restaurant with his wife, Laura. They also have a restaurant in Greenwood.
“Things have improved in December, and we are already seeing we are starting off the right direction,” Gladish said of the Carmel location. “We’ve gotten tremendous feedback on our food, our atmosphere, which is the same we’ve gotten down in Greenwood. We have a lot of great feedback.”
Gladish said the roundabout in front of the 96th Street restaurant at Gray Road was supposed to be completed before the end of 2018.
“There were some hiccups with the City of Carmel, and it didn’t start until last summer, and now that’s complete,” Gladish said. “We were hoping it would be completed before we opened, and that didn’t happen. That project was supposed to be a 70 to 75-day project and it turned into 145 days, so that didn’t help either.”
Tried & True Alehouse in Greenwood celebrated its third anniversary earlier in January.
Gladish said he knows the formula works because of the success with the Greenwood restaurant.
“We feel this is going to be an awesome year for us,” Gladish said.
Tried & True serves more than 60 beers on draft and in bottles and cans, including many craft beers.
“We wanted to focus on the food,” Gladish said. “We wanted to bring in all the local beers that people are doing a great job with and we can focus on our made-from-scratch pub food. We pride ourselves on cool sounds. We play classic rock mostly.”
The restaurant is in the former home of Moon Dog Tavern.
“We’re the first restaurant to be in that location to be family friendly,” said Gladish, who has spent his career in the restaurant business.
The restaurant is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.