West Salem Public House Coming to Winston
West Salem Public House is a new beer and wine serving establishment in the Pub tradition. Located in the West Salem Historic District of Winston-Salem, the pub is just off Broad Street tucked close to BB&T Ballpark, home of the Winston-Salem Dash. Proprietors Austin Pfeiffer, Hayes Wauford, and Travis Lintner hope the West Salem Public House can be a community third space where ideas are discussed and friendships are forged. While the name recalls the tranquil hospitality of a British Pub, the WS Public House will not be a replica. Its design is modern and American. The renovations will however be true to the historic exterior of the building. The Public House is centrally located at 400 S Green Street. It sits at the pinnacle of Wachovia Street in West Salem and overlooks downtown, the Brookstown Inn area and east towards Ardmore. Its location is a hub where the Washington Park, Old Salem, Ardmore, West End, and Downtown neighborhoods all intersect. The Public House will be open in the evening with hopes of becoming community fixture for post-work gathering. Renovations should begin in the end of February with hopes of opening June 3rd.The menu will feature a variety of wines and mid-range craft beers ($3-5) with and emphasis on North Carolina products. The venture is a local initiative between friends. All three owners are long-time Winston-Salem residents. Hayes Wauford is Vice-President of Wilson-Covington, a construction company specializing in historic restoration. Travis Lintner is an industrial designer with his Winston-Salem based firm Authentic Design. Austin Pfeiffer has worked in a number of Winston-Salem establishments and has been a part of the West Salem community as a pastor and community garden manager.The unique niche of the WS Public House is to be a sort of quiet evening gathering space not unlike a cafÃ©, but with a design that encourages interaction rather than isolation. The interior will feature community tables and club chairs. In addition to beer and wine, they will have pour-over coffee, and local milk and cookies. A Kickstarter campaign in March will serve as the platform for people to buy their custom dimpled mugs. The campaign will not serve to fund the business, but will hopefully be a source of community buy-in. You can see the renovation progress on Instagram by following @WSpublichouse.