By Kinnidy Thoreson, Staff Writer
New downtown Woodruff restaurant and pub, Tap Three, opened its doors on Friday, June 19.
Local business proprietor Ben Harrison owns the 1,200 square foot building Tap Three occupies on Main Street and, in this space, his aim was to create open and accommodating area for people.
“I wanted to create a space to accommodate all types of people, so my wife Erin and I decided to make the place a little hip, a little country, with a touch of class. I wanted a relaxed, kid-friendly environment with a small handful of local weird beer and all the normal stuff,” says Harrison.
The name Tap Three originates from the pub’s original plans to only have three taps, the valves where tap beer and carbonated water are dispensed. “We ended up with six taps instead of three, but the name and logos were already created so we just stuck with Tap Three,” Harrison says.
For a few years, Harrison had rented out the space to Friends Café (one of the previous locations for the café). After Friends Café moved out of the space, Harrison said that “the building sat empty for a long time, so I slowly did a major, much needed renovation.”
Tap Three offers a simple menu due to space restrictions in the kitchen. “The wine list is straightforward and affordable,” Harrison says. “The menu has some sandwiches, wraps, wings, etc. We plan to maybe rotate some specialty foods in from time to time.”
Harrison said that David Black, the former owner of Brickhouse Pizza and Upstairs Bar in Spartanburg, agreed to come on board to help launch the project and develop the menu. Black also brought in his former kitchen worker, Frank the Tank, who will now work in Tap Three’s kitchen.
“We will have part time bartenders that I network with in other businesses [to help] work the front when it’s busy,” Harrison elaborates. “We will be looking for more management and bar staff in coming weeks.”
Along with Tap Three, Harrison owns several other companies in Woodruff, including Harrison Landscape Management, Graphics Ink, Waste Service Co., Property Management Co., and Sno Shack. “I love this town and am thankful to be part of such a close-knit community. We have such great leadership in our small town.”
Harrison also plans to bring in live music to play at Tap Three. “We have a full sound and lighted area where we will have acoustic singer-songwriter stuff going at least once per month,” Harrison reveals. In July, Tap Three will host Shane Pruitt and Tony Slaughter, who Harrison describes as “two classy musicians who are sure to bring a great mix of cool covers and tasteful originals.”
Tap Three’s decor is also reflective of Harrison’s music tastes. “I collect old music memorabilia,” Harrison says. Some of the memorabilia displayed honors Upstate South Carolina musical heroes such as the Marshall Tucker Band and Nikki Lane.
Tap Three is located at 102 S. Main St. in Woodruff. The pub is open from 12-10 p.m. every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, but open hours and days may change later.