Harold's in the Heights is mixing things up again. The popular Southern restaurant — known as the Heights General Store when it opened in 2013 — announced Wednesday that it will end its curiously spelled Alli's Pizzaria brand to expand the downstairs bar it opened earlier this year.
Throughout its history, Harold's has shown a willingness to make changes to better serve its customers. In April, the restaurant shuttered its downstairs grocery store to create the downstairs bar, which is known as Harold's Tap Room. As one of the few dedicated bars in the dry section of the Heights, the Tap Room has emerged as a popular destination.
By ditching the pizza concept, Harold's Tap Room will gain enough inside seating to accommodate up to 76 patrons. With the opening of The Heights Theater performance venue, expanding the bar makes it an appealing place to grab a drink either before or after a show.
While the pizzeria is going away as a brand, pizzas will remain on the Tap Room menu. Other additions to the bar's menu include a pulled pork sandwich, new sliders, and more salads. On the beverage side, the bar will now serve 75 beers (14 on tap), along with eight wines on tap, and bar manager Lauren Muse's signature infused cocktails.
"We are excited to expand the Tap Room and provide our guests with even more seating, food and drink options,” said Harold's owner Alli Jarrett in a statement. “Pizza has been a part of what we’ve done at Harold’s since day one and with the influx of Tap Room visitors since our opening in May, it made sense to extend our pizza offerings with the expansion of the bar."
The remaining Alli's space of approximately 1,000 square feet has been subleased to Circa Real Estate.