Atlanta Restaurateur Billy Streck of Hampton + Hudson, Nina & Rafi, Lyla Lila, and Pielands has teamed up with Ramon Ballester and Jon Kim of Pour Taproom, to open Standard Service Restaurant & Taproom in downtown Gainesville.
Set to open in late spring 2022, Standard Service will offer lunch, happy hour, and dinner, at 400 Jesse Jewell Parkway, in a building that originally served as a gas station. There will also be 60 self-serve beers on tap, plus “simple, good food.”
“Serving neighborhood pub dishes made with good ingredients, Standard Service will focus on approachable offerings and twists on classics, with something for everyone,” according to a press release Thursday. The menu will include snacks and apps to share, salads, sandwiches, entrees, and sides. Standouts will include New Orleans BBQ Shrimp with seasoned beer butter & garlic crostini, Steak Frites with Kansas City strip, fries, caramel shallot & dijon cream sauce and Pimento Mac & Cheese. Corey Phillips — also of Hampton + Hudson and Nina & Rafi — will serve as Beverage Director, and Ramon and Jon of Pour Taproom will head up the extensive beer program.
“Gainesville is one of my favorite towns, and we couldn’t be more excited to open Standard Service in such a great community,” Streck said. “We can’t wait to get to know our neighbors and welcome them in for good beer, food and fun.”
Standard Service will feature an expansive patio and large garage doors that can be raised for an indoor/outdoor dining experience. With an entrance on the back of the building, the downstairs area will be a taproom with 60 self-serve taps and TVs for sports-watching.
At the taproom, guests will check in with their ID and credit/debit card. Once a tab is set up, it will be linked to a wristband, allowing guests to unlock a tap and pour as little or as much (up to a pint) as desired, charging only for what’s poured. There will be safeguards in place so the tap wall can be enjoyed responsibly. When done, guests will drop their wristband off, verify their tab and check out.
“We look at beer as a way to bring the community together, tell stories and share experiences,” Ballester and Kim said. “There is such a great variety of craft beer these days that the only way to know what you like best is to taste. We’re grateful to be part of such a unique project and look forward to bringing a new twist to craft beer for all our Gainesville neighbors to enjoy.”