The People I’ve Been There With Tell A Lot of the Story
I had the pleasure of having dinner with my boyfriend of over a year and my 2 sons at The Gladstone Tavern on Friday night. I realized it has become one of my favorite haunts over the last several years. I loved the atmosphere on Friday because although it is a bar, it has more of a family friendly feel when there is a band. Families with young children sit in the dining room and listen to the music while they eat and drink. Unlike at a typical bar, the music starts early.
Friday’s band played music from the 80’s, 90’s and early 00’s such as “Raspberry Beret” by Prince, “Paradise By The Dashboard Light” by Meatloaf, “Let’s Dance” by David Bowie, “X’s and O’s” by Elle King, and many more that were very familiar to the over 50 crowd which includes me and my boyfriend. Even young wait staff grooved around as they were serving, singing out loud and dancing. My sons, at 19 and 21, were politely tolerant of my inability to sit still in my seat and getting up to dance near the table. I can’t help it.
The food is always outstanding at the Tavern, and Friday was no exception. The restaurant sources many ingredients from the abundant, beautiful, local farms, in addition to having their own herb and vegetable garden. The menu changes with the seasons to offer the best of each season’s local produce.
I had a fall salad with fresh figs, fresh pomegranates, and seasonal greens that was not your typical salad. I had one cocktail that was yummy and tasted more like a soda than a cocktail. My son had a drink with bourbon in it that reminded me of this when I tasted it:
Going to the Tavern with my “modern family” of my boyfriend and my sons was a lot of fun, and brought back many memories of times past at the Tavern.
The Tavern was a favorite of my first post-separation love, Charlie, who took me there often where he would drink too much, and flirt shamelessly with Gigi, the ever present, friendly, pretty waitress.
My “Good Time Charlie”
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I remember Charlie telling me he was going to stop at Gladstone on his way over after work for a “comfort”. He had to have a drink. It was not optional for him.
I had been to the Tavern a few times while I was still with my husband, but he was there with me in body only, not spirit. I have a photo he took of me on the porch near the horse. I remember his impatience.
My husband checked out of the marriage in 2015. Charlie died from liver failure in 2016 after moving back to the midwest.
So, I continued to visit the Tavern either by myself, with friends, or my sons. We went there with my parents last year after my younger son’s high school graduation.
It is a short, easy ride from my house to the Tavern. I didn’t mind going by myself at night. The atmosphere is not a typical bar scene. The clientele is generally from the wealthy surrounding area.
The staff got to know me over time dating back to my days there with Charlie. As a result, the manager would often set up a chair for me near the band after I was done with my dinner. Sometimes I would dance with whomever was out on the floor.
After I had been dating Rex for a few months, we went to the Tavern together for some music. He met Gigi that night.
I had a few dates with new acquaintances at the Tavern in the coming years. My good friend Bruce enjoyed several nights of dinners, music and dancing there with me.
Here is a story that includes another notable date I had there:
I am not trying to promote the Gladstone Tavern, although I would highly recommend it. I feel lucky to have such a great place so close to home to enjoy.