Jonathan and Maggie Pierce have opened The Mason Jar Tavern in the former D’Andrea’s space in the Holly Springs Towne Center retail complex. The couple describe their family-friendly neighborhood pub as “a modern take on Southern hospitality."
Jonathan Pierce is a restaurant veteran who worked his way up from bussing tables as a teenager to, more recently, manager at Ruckus in Cary. Pierce hired chef Chris Tucker, a fellow Ruckus alum, to give edible substance to the “modern take” part of the concept.
Tucker has responded with a menu that includes pan-seared NC trout over parmesan risotto, chicken and waffles with bourbon-infused maple syrup, and shrimp and pimento cheese grits with country ham. The chef delivers the family-friendly pub goods, too, from entree salads to sandwiches to burgers made with a blend of ground chuck and short rib.
“We must have tried 15 different burger blends,” says Pierce. “This one cost the most, but it was hands-down the best.”
An eclectic appetizer list goes beyond the usual pub suspects to include the likes of corn fritters with a smoky honey dipping sauce, Buffalo chicken egg rolls, and hand-cut fries topped with smoked beef brisket, fresh jalapeños and melted cheese, served in a Mason jar. For those whose thoughts turn to liquid refreshments at the mention of the words “Mason jar,” the bar’s 22 taps dispense a mostly local selection of craft brews.