Maintaining a successful restaurant in downtown Princeton is quite the challenge, which may explain why many places seem to come and go these days. There is no doubting the difficulties attached to thriving in this richly tasteful environment that already has so much to offer.

But when it comes to meeting such great demands, there is one legacy of downtown Princeton that proves to have discovered the golden niche on delivering to this steadfast market. There is a reason why the Yankee Doodle Tap Room has prospered in the heart of Palmer Square for more than 75 years, reasons that have never been better than they are right now.

The Tap Room understands the importance of cherishing history and character, but it also takes into strong consideration the need to update itself over time to keep its perception fresh. Over the past five years alone, its effort to perfect the Princeton dining experience speaks for itself, with the addition of its beautiful and spacious outdoor patio, brand new pristine wood floors, a highly acclaimed executive chef, and completely transformed menu. These changes are surely evident, with an atmosphere that proves historic charm and charisma, alongside entree items that position this restaurant as a top tier gastropub dining experience.

Though it may seem that the management here has its hands full, they are confident that they have been able to separate themselves from the rest of the field. “Now, there is certainly a lot of ‘new’ to take in at the Tap Room, but most people who work here tend to agree with our executive chef, Michael LaCorte, who will tell you that most of the newly obtained positive image is due to our efforts to source more local, fresh ingredients to benefit the surrounding communities,” said food and beverage director Jim Byrnes.

Further speaking on behalf of the Tap Room, Byrnes assures “We are excited about the fresh fish, healthy seasonal salads, and wine pairings on the new summer menu.”

As of right now, locally sourced items include their sea scallops, striped bass, squid, field greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, basil, mushrooms, and artisan cheese. Chef LaCorte is determined to grow the Tap Room’s success on this strategy, stating that “as the summer moves on, we will be able to add an even bigger selection to our local produce.” This new shift has further enhanced the Tap Room brand, with meals that visibly look more enchanting, wide ranges of choices that humbly taste more grand, and quality that truly speaks for itself. This new rejuvenation is simply something consumers must see to believe.

Yankee Doodle Tap Room, 10 Palmer Square East, Princeton. 609-921-7500. www.nassauinn.com.

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