The new concept for the old Dave’s Taverna has long been rumored since the space was leased this past winter. Would it be a direct import of Staunton’s incredibly popular Byers Street Bistro? Would it be another wood fired pizza concept? Or maybe even a sports bar?
We finally began to get answers with owner Jeff Ramsey’s press release about what to expect from Jimmy Madison’s (121 South Main Street) and the news seems to fill a much needed void here in Downtown Harrisonburg. The concept is stylized southern cuisine with an emphasis on authenticity and ambiance (high quality ingredients, live music throughout the week), and a special attention to the drink many southerners have come to love, whiskey. While the outdoor dining that made Dave’s so popular will not be available, the interior of Jimmy Madison’s should be well worth the price of admission. The interior work is led by a team of professionals including Harrisonburg’s own Sustainable Solutions, a group which specializes in the creative use of reclaimed materials and natural elements that enhance the authentic value of historic properties.
Here at Matchbox we are thrilled to see such a thoughtful renovation underway, and we wish Jeff and his team the best going forward with his new business here in Harrisonburg!