On May 21, 2018, Cunningham Restaurant Group (CRG)openedTavern at the Point, perched in the center of the Mass Avenue Cultural District. Formerly known as Old Point Tavern, owners Chic and Patti Perrin told Indy Star in 2017: “It’s time for us to go.”

CRG President and CEO Mike Cunningham wanted to keep the flavor of the old building and pay homage to the history of the space. Tavern at the Point showcases the bar’s 100-year-old history in its passion for community and artisan drink selection. Many local brews have recently been added to the menu and cocktails are made the old-fashioned way, “pre-and post-Prohibition style.”

General Manager Beau Macik hopes guests can enjoy their alcoholic beverages in the same way their ancestors once did. With an extensive local beer and cocktail list, Tavern at the Point aims to bring new life to its historical location on Mass Avenue and the bar scene in Indianapolis. Construction is still in the area, so the staff works around it by helping customers find their way.

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Tavern at the Point - nachos

As compared to other CRG restaurants, Tavern at the Point is significantly small. Its close quarters emphasize Cunningham’s appreciation for an intimate experience when dining; customers and staff can listen and chat freely. The restaurant can accommodate over 90 guests and offers indoor, outdoor and bar seating. The patio is dog friendly. If guests come early enough, they may choose to sit at The Chef’s Counter, where they get can an inside look at the workings of the kitchen and, if there’s time, banter with witty executive chef Andy “Catfish” Manes.

Chef Manes leads the kitchen at Tavern at the Point, serving “down-home country food, Midwest gourmet.” Guests can order an item to share or something for themselves off the versatile, nearly family-style menu. Portions are generous. The menu has evolved since opening in May, giving the pub freedom to accommodate guests with more casual, shareable options. Tavern at the Point wants to ensure that its menu and atmosphere are approachable while the quality of service remains high.

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A must-eat dish at Tavern at the Point is the brisket nachos, says an insider. “They are topped with creamy beer cheese, crispy brisket ends and bright ingredients like jalapeños and radishes.” While these are a favorite, customers also seem to favor the Big Fontana Burger. It competes with offerings at Bru Burger Bar, the sister operation to Tavern at the Point, located just across the street. The Big Fontana Burger is built like a mess, complete with bacon and Chef Manes’ specialty sauce. Unexpectedly, too, guests are partial to the tacos, served deconstructed with a selection of all sorts of spicy, crunchy toppings and salsa.

The historic building that houses Tavern at the Point is home to Indianapolis’ second oldest bar. It dates back to 1887, when the location’s first liquor license was issued. The staff at Tavern at the Point is excited and ready to serve you—grab a friend, grab a drink and enjoy yourself.

In addition to Tavern at the Point, Indianapolis-based Cunningham Restaurant Group (CRG) owns and operates 27 locations in Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky.

Tavern at the Point
401 Massachusetts Ave.

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