The Memphis Taproom is not your typical restaurant.
“If it takes more than 20 minutes to be seated, then you can punch me in the face,” Memphis Taproom owner Brendan Hartranft said to customers waiting for a table on a Sunday brunch.
There’s a method to the madness and it seems to be working because the restaurant was standing room only and people were willing to wait for a table and accept Hartranft’s off-centered humor.
The Memphis Taproom opened in April 2008 and is revitalizing the tarnished image of a drug-ridden Kensington.
Sure, we did drive past addicts, drug dealers on the street corners and shoes tied up on telephone pole lines to get to the restaurant, but something changes when you enter the Memphis Taproom.
The customers at the Memphis Taproom are very warm and approachable.
According to Hartranft, 30 percent of the clientele comes from the neighborhood and can vary anywhere from an older crowd to hipsters.
The restaurant was recently featured on the show “Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives” for its eclectic mix of food including many vegetarian and vegan items.
The smoked coconut club sandwich and beer-battered kosher dills are just a few items that have gained recognition regionally and nationally since the restaurant opened.