New Madison Taphouse Owners Try To Create A Friendly Neighborhood Bar Atmosphere | Business
It didn’t take long for Krissy Goble and boyfriend Eric Kacvinsky to consider the opportunity to become the new owners of an established bar in Madison Township.
“We knew immediately,” Goble said, recounting how she and Kacvinsky reacted when they learned the Shore Tavern was for sale.
The couple acted quickly by signing a purchase contract for the bar and restaurant, located at 1421 Hubbard Road. And, on April 15, they opened the doors to their new Madison Taphouse.
In addition to giving the business a different name, the couple increased the selection of beers and spirits, made changes to the food menu, and revamped the layout of the dining and drinking area.
So far, customers seem to be enjoying what the Madison Taphouse has to offer, Goble noted.
“We are getting a lot of positive feedback,” she said.
The two co-owners entered their new business with experience in running establishments that serve food and drinks to customers.
Kacvinsky previously worked as a general manager of a winery. Goble served six and a half years as the manager of the old Hannigan Pub in Madison Township.
In addition, Goble has 30 years of experience as a bartender. Coincidentally, one of the places she used to deal with the bar was the Shore Tavern. She worked for owners Gary and Kelly Skoch when they first opened the business.
The Skochs sold the business after deciding to start living in Florida for half of each year.
The friendship between Goble and Kelly Skich dates back to when they were little children. Kelly, Gary and Goble were also classmates at Madison High School.
Goble said she heard earlier this year from someone else that Shore Tavern was for sale. She then texted Kelly about a possible purchase.
Next, Goble spoke about the potential business venture with Kacvinsky.
“I said, ‘The Shore is for sale and I think we should buy it,’” Goble said.
After the couple discussed the idea, Goble reached out to Kelly to express her formal interest in an acquisition.
“Kelly said she would sell it to us,” Goble said. “And here we are.”
Goble and Kacvinsky continue to add some of their personal touches to give Madison Taphouse a distinctive look.
A 40 foot addition to the current bar is under construction and will add seating for approximately 15 other patrons. New felt covering has been added to the pool table, and plans are also underway to paint the walls in the main room of the building.
As for the food at Madison Taphouse, Goble said additional varieties of steak are now on offer.
“We always have filet mignon, but the other steaks change periodically,” she says.
Madison Taphouse also decided to serve more types of seafood, like shrimp and scallops.
Goble said Madison Taphouse reviews their food line daily to keep things interesting and appetizing for customers.
“We post the menu on our Facebook page,” she says.
The company also intends to at least double the number of its taps for draft beer.
Customers who visit are likely to see Goble and Kacvinsky on duty throughout the day.
“We’re very hands-on, and people like it,” said Goble, who also resides with Kacvinsky in Madison Township. “We’re all about the customers.”
Kacvinsky said one of the rewarding things about opening Madison Taphouse was “just to do something right that we take and create that people are happy about.”
Goble said she wanted to make sure it kept the atmosphere of a friendly neighborhood bar and restaurant.
“We’re trying to do it for the community and whoever stops,” she said. “Make them a cool place.
For more information on Madison Taphouse, call 440-307-4301 or visit the property’s website The Facebook page.