See When Bar Rescue Star’s Restaurant Taffer’s Tavern Will Open in Watertown

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Bar Rescue star Jon Taffer will open Taffer’s Tavern in Watertown on Aug. 31, 2022.

The following announcement was provided by Taffer’s Tavern:

Taffer’s Tavern, the innovative, full-service restaurant concept founded by leading hospitality expert and star of Paramount Network’s Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer, has announced that it is now accepting reservations for its first Boston area location in Watertown at Arsenal Yards, the thriving new neighborhood located along the Charles River.

The restaurant will open to the public on Wednesday, Aug. 31 with a Grand Opening ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by Jon Taffer on Sept. 8. The Massachusetts opening marks the third Taffer’s Tavern location for the casual dining franchise, and first of many locations to come to the Greater Boston area.

“I’m excited to announce that our next Taffer’s Tavern opening will be in this historic and vibrant area of Boston,” commented Jon Taffer. “Boston is home to some of the first bars and taverns in the country and has a rich tradition of discerning taste, especially when it comes to their drink and dining preferences. Our great food and industry leading cocktails will set new standards and excite the market. We are looking forward to welcoming the community in to experience the Tavern and to create lasting memories.”

Inspired by the quintessential neighborhood pub, a regular gathering place for friends and family alike, Taffer’s Tavern is designed with traditional Old-World taverns in mind, with an ambiance that is inviting, warm and comfortable, distinguished by dark woods, soft leathers, copper accents and elevated tavern food and beverage offerings. The innovative restaurant concept, developed by Taffer, features the industry’s highest safety standards for both guests and staff. It is led by the kitchen and bar of the future and features the latest advancements in food prep/service technology. 

“We are excited to welcome the first Taffer’s Tavern to the New England area and be a part of the new development of Arsenal Yards in the Boston suburb of Watertown. Jon’s vision of creating a place for the community will resonate well in this neighborhood. His commitment to quality and the highest standards are reflected in everything we have done here, creating a place that will provide our guests with a welcoming atmosphere and elevated tavern menu that they will enjoy again and again.” Said Marc Magerman, of 8G Hospitality and local franchise owner. 

Taffer’s Tavern Taffer’s Tavern is opening at Watertown’s Arsenal Yards in 2022.

The menu will include favorites such as Braised Short Rib & Tot Roast Fries.  New to the menu and specifically for Boston area locations will be New England Clam Chowder (traditional chowder filled with a generous portion of clam meat, slow-cooked in rich clam broth with sweet corn and tender potatoes, served with oyster crackers) and a Lobster Roll (large, chilled lobster chunks prepared Maine-style with mayo and lemon, stuffed into the top of a warm, brioche bun). 

Taffer’s Tavern boasts a best-in-class beverage program that Taffer crafted and features a diverse selection of spirits, wines, and beers, many of local and regional provenance. Its signature cocktails employ some of the most advanced mixology techniques while staying on-trend and introducing photo-worthy cocktails that taste even better than they look. Guest favorites include The Campfire (Taffer’s trademarked Browned Butter Whiskey, bitters and simple syrup is a perfect blend of bold flavors balanced with velvet-like smoothness) and Berry-Impressive (fruit-infused vodka layered with lemon, served bursting with fresh mixed berries in a French Press) among a number of other crafted cocktails and “As Seen on Bar Rescue” recipes.

Taffer’s Tavern joins Arsenal Yards’ current lineup of restaurants, shops, hotels and residential areas. The site looks onto the new Bond Square, the development’s outdoor pedestrian space, which is  filled with bustling restaurant patios, shops, fitness, and entertainment. Local fine arts painter and muralist Adam O’Day recently completed an expansive mural on the Taffer’s Tavern exterior wall that pays homage to the Old-World taverns that have graced Boston’s historic streets for centuries. The vibrant work of art is visible from Arsenal Street and will serve as a guidepost to welcome guests to Taffer’s Tavern alongside the Charles River. 

For more information, to make reservations, and for franchise opportunities, please visit

About Taffer’s Tavern

Jon Taffer, Bar Rescue star and award-winning hospitality expert, has launched his own innovative, full-service restaurant franchise concept, Taffer’s Tavern. Taffer’s Tavern is the quintessential pub, a place to gather with your old friends and make new ones along the way.

The tavern features outstanding signature cocktails, elevated tavern foods influenced by American favorites, excellent customer service and the highest safety standards in the industry.  Designed with traditional Old-World taverns in mind, its ambience is inviting, warm, and comfortable, making guests feel relaxed and welcomed visit after visit. 

Taffer’s Tavern is now open in Alpharetta, Georgia, and FedEx Field in Maryland, with additional locations planned for the Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Boston, Las Vegas and Orlando areas with more markets to follow. For more information, visit  

About Jon Taffer

Jon Taffer is an award-winning hospitality expert, entrepreneur and thought leader with nearly 40 years of experience in the hospitality, entertainment, and nightlife industries.  Best known as executive producer and star of Paramount Network’s Bar Rescue, a non-scripted reality show that spotlights Jon as he saves failing bars from looming closure that is now in its eighth season.

This year Jon goes head-to-head against chef Robert Irvine in 24-hour restaurant makeovers on an all-new three-episode series streaming on discovery+ called Restaurant Rivals: Irvine vs. Taffer. In 2019, Jon announced the launch of his own innovative, full-service restaurant franchise concept, Taffer’s Tavern, which launched in Atlanta in 2020 with several locations poised to open in 2022.

Taffer’s Tavern features outstanding signature cocktails, elevated tavern foods, and the latest advancements in restaurant technologies. Concurrently, Jon runs Taffer Dynamics, his business consulting firm. Over the years, he has consulted for a range of well-known brands, including the NFL Network, Anheuser-Bush, Ritz-Carlton, TGI Fridays, Buffalo Wild Wings, Famous Dave’s Barbecue and Fortune 500 brands such as Hyatt Hotels and Marriott International.  

In addition, Jon is a best-selling author having written three books: “Raise the Bar,” “Don’t Bulls*t Yourself,” and his newest book “The Power of Conflict: Speak Your Mind and Get the Results You Want.” For more information, visit   


Along the Charles River, Greater Boston’s next great neighborhood is thriving in the East End of Watertown. Arsenal Yards boasts curated shops, eateries, fitness, and entertainment venues including Buttermilk & Bourbon, Condesa Restaurante Mexicano, Kura Sushi, The Majestic 7, Shake Shack, City Works Eatery & Pour House, Gordon’s Wine, Pure Barre, Roche Bros. Ulta and more.

Spanning over one million square feet, Arsenal Yards offers 200,000 sq. ft. of state-of-the-art life science space, home to current biotech tenants SQZ Biotech, Kymera and Arkuda; 300 contemporary apartments at Blvd & Bond; and a 146-room Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton.

With a focus on building community, Arsenal Yards hosts seasonal event series for both residents and visitors, including outdoor musical performances and fitness classes, along with a “Picnic in the Park” series in the summer months and a “Fireside” fire pit activation in winter. Arsenal Yards is a co-development of Boylston Properties and Wilder. For more information, visit

One thought on “See When Bar Rescue Star’s Restaurant Taffer’s Tavern Will Open in Watertown

  1. Jon just wanted to thank you . I enjoy your show. I was raised with hard work from father, who believed in the same concept.I never got rich but I gained a lot of respect from my peers. Just like you hard work pays off .

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