Photos by Toren Anderson unless otherwise stated.
Chef Richard Wilt, of Little Alley Steak, Salt Factory and INC. Street Food fame, is opening his own restaurant this May. Called Century House Tavern, it will be located in a home built in 1894 in what’s now downtown Woodstock and combine historic charm with a tavern feel for a “casual-upscale” atmosphere.
Wilt, who worked under Gunter Seeger and at popular intown haunts Anis, Pastis and the now shuttered Django, will lead in the kitchen, bringing influences from his travels to Asia, South America, France and the Mediterranean to the menu. He’ll use ingredients from local dairies and butchers and his own herb garden out back. Menu options range from salads and sandwiches to small plates like duck confit spring rolls and mussels ala mariniere and entrees such as pork confit and crispy chicken schnitzel.
Lunch and dinner will be served seven days a week, and eventually, a Sunday brunch, too. Diners can sit inside at a large communal table under a custom-made chandelier, a private tables made from reclaimed wood or on the porch or patio.
Turn of the century cocktails served in crystal glasses act as a offer a throwback to the old days, as do locally made whiskey and moonshine. For those who prefer something a bit lighter, 18 white wines and 18 reds will be available—about half available by the glass.