Food, Brew, and a Side of History
From the East Coast architecture to the guest experience, Green Dragon Tavern & Museum (GDT&M) easily differentiates itself within the San Diego restaurant scene. The mission of this casual-upscale, family-friendly restaurant is to share their passion for American culture with guests through great food and history. “We deliver delicious American comfort food and drink and connect our guests with the stories and contributions of our founding fathers and mothers through our décor and free-admission museum. It is definitely a uniquely GDT&M experience to grab a Sam Adams and stroll through our museum to see an authentic document signed by the man himself,” related John Lek, senior vice president and general manager. The 22,000-foot-venue also houses a private meeting and banquet facility, as well as a coffeehouse and bookstore.
The restaurant’s exterior is an enhanced replica of the original Green Dragon Tavern in Boston’s North End, demolished in 1854, and the site of many secret meetings relating to historic events such as the Boston Tea Party and the American Revolution. In fact, the original Green Dragon Tavern was referred to as the “Headquarters of the Revolution.” “Taverns were the epicenter of 18th century communities. We wanted to open an inviting venue that would provide value to our community and reconnect our guests with the essence of patriotism, freedom, duty, and innovation that led to the birth of our nation’s independence,” explained Lek. Through the nonprofit organization, Green Dragon Tavern Historical Foundation of California, a collection of primary source documents and antiques are displayed free of charge for guests to view. Although there is no obligation to dine at the GDT&M in order to visit the museum, according to Lek, the restaurant and event operation allow for the growth of the collection and programs of the museum.
“We wanted to open an inviting venue that would provide value to our community and reconnect our guests with the essence of patriotism, freedom, duty, and innovation that led to the birth of our nation’s independence.”
Although the GDT&M celebrates American colonial history, there is no shortage of modern conveniences and perks. Happy hour is offered Monday through Saturday from 3 to 6 p.m., and all day on Sunday. There are 20 craft beers on tap, a new craft cocktail libations menu, brunch is offered every Sunday, and there are large screen LED TVs for sports viewing. “We have NFL Sunday ticket, so we show a variety of games and are becoming the preferred venue for watching Chargers and Patriots games,” stated Lek.
For more information about GDT&M and their menu, featuring all-American favorites such as New England clam chowder, Maine lobster rolls, and buffalo wings, visit www.greendragontavernca.com.
Name of Business: Green Dragon Tavern & Museum
Owner/Manager: John Lek
Title: SVP and General Manager
Years in Position: 3
Year of Establishment: 2014
Address: 6115 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92011
Description of Business: Featuring a free admission Colonial-American history museum, highly acclaimed family-friendly restaurant, coffeehouse, bookstore, and private banquet space, this amazing 22,000-square-foot venue is a must visit destination in San Diego.