By Heather Clower
The Parsons Advocate
There’s a new business situated off WV32 known as The 912 Brew Pub that celebrated their grand opening recently. “We are very proud to be a part of the Davis and Thomas area,” said Todd Howell, new owner of the establishment. “They have welcomed us and we feel welcome and for that we’re very appreciative and we can’t wait to grow into an intricate part of the community.” In addition to being open to the public, a special group was invited to the Grand Opening. In lieu of a tab for the special guests, the patrons who attended were asked to submit a donation to the Animal Friends of Doggy Sods. “We knew we were having the grand opening and we wanted to do something good and show the community that we’re going to be somebody that they can lean on when they need to or have to, and the first thing we were introduced to was the folks from Doggy Sods,” he explained. “What I decided to do was comp the meals for those that are coming and we’re going to ask them to dig deep in their pockets and write a big check to Doggy Sods to celebrate the grand opening of the 912.” “We’re going to try to be a part of every aspect as we’re allowed to be,” Howell said as he expressed desire to be a part of fundraisers and benefit efforts.
A soft opening on April 10 was the beginning of a restaurant serving what Howell described as Americana style food with a flare consisting of beef, seafood, and pub food. They pride themselves on capitalizing the farm to table concept obtaining beef from within 200 miles within only 19 days of butchering. The vegetables are even fresher and Howell was happy to state everything is made in house from the dressings to the bread and butter. Some menu items include muscles, scallops, rib eye, New York strip, and half pound burgers on homemade buns, deep friend green beans, homemade ice cream, and so much more. There isn’t a kids menu, but they offer a kid friendly portion for anything on the regular menu. While this does add a little wait time for preparation, Howell assures it will be worth it and the experience will be like none other. No item is ever portioned, cut, or prepared in any way until the customer places their order. Most of the menu items are in place; however it has yet to be published online. They want to ensure every detail is accurate so to eliminate any unintentional false information. Howell assured there is no underlying issue with the menu, they just want to publish what they intend to offer long term without the chance of having to alter or eliminate items in the future.
The man responsible for running the kitchen is 25 plus year veteran Chef David Cartwright. According to Howell, Cartwright has cooked and managed in Hilton Hotel kitchens, served under the Chef to the Shah of Persia, and cooked for celebrities and politicians. “Once you taste his work you’ll know that you’ve had some of the best,” allowed Howell. He spoke very highly of his kitchen staff, saying “They are the backbone of this operation; they do a really good job.”
Prior to opening The 912, Howell engaged in extensive research to determine the needs and desires of the local community. “We researched the area pretty heavily prior to committing, and we selected the menu and the way that we dressed the place up according to the statistical information we gathered during our research,” Howell explained. “This is the niche we can fill, these are the gaps of food that we found, and basically we’re just filling them.”
In the pub section of the new business, all of the juices are hand squeezed and nothing has ever been frozen or bottled. The 912 will eventually be brewing their own beer, and while they are awaiting the license they are fine tuning their equipment and recipes. While a house crafted beer is on their to-do list, Howell was happy to announce, “Anything that’s on tap in our pub, we are staying local.” They are proudly serving products from Stumptown Ale and craft beer from local brewers in addition to their own specialties. Howell said this way anyone who has experienced the locally crafted beer and has a favorite can still enjoy it within The 912.
Live entertainment will also be featured at the pub and restaurant; and will also offer music selection by DJ Joker every weekend from 10 p.m. until close. The newly remodeled facility can seat 150 customers and boasts a hand built bar from reclaimed lumber dating back over 100 years. The pub offers a full service bar with beer, liquor, mixed drinks, wine, and bourbon based specialty drinks. “We are very proud of our wine list,” he said in reference to their pub offerings. They are currently on the hunt for an additional mixologist to fulfill their staff. They offer weekly specials including $1 per ounce steak nights on Wednesday (price may vary slightly due to market adjustment and availability), and Wednesday nights are Wing Night and Women’s Night from 5 to 7 p.m. with half price appetizers and margaritas. “What we’re trying to do is give people a bang for their buck,” Howell said.
If you are looking for something new, a place to enjoy an adult beverage, hear some tunes and taste some farm to table meals, The 912 welcomes you. Their business hours are Monday and Tuesday, noon to 10 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday noon to 12 a.m., Friday and Saturday noon to 1 a.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a featured menu chosen the day before.