[Spotlight] Lee’s Brass Taps
James Gibbs is the owner of Lee’s Brass Taps, and he took over the restaurant and bar, located at 2506 Battleground Ave. Ste. B in Greensboro, back in March 2018.
Gibbs said that the addition of “Lee’s” to the name was to honor his father, who passed away.
“Me and him actually opened the Billiard Room, and he passed in August of 2017,” Gibbs said.
Gibbs took over this Battleground Avenue location after the fire that happened at what was previously known as just Brass Taps.
“We have been under construction, but we’ve been open since St. Patrick’s Day [of this year],” Gibbs said. “We spent about 17 months redoing the building because there was a fire.”
Gibbs said the building itself has been there for the past 30 years and has gone through three different evolutions before he took over. It was initially Mugg’s, Keegan’s, and then Brass Taps.
“So, when we moved in, we had Lee’s Sports Bar and Billiards on Lawndale in the old Geeksboro [Battlepub] building, we were there before prior to them,” Gibbs said. “We moved out of there because a lot of my regulars, they came here after the fire. So we closed that down to reopen this place because it is in a better location.”
Chef Denzell Berry has been cooking since he was 7 years old and has professionally been in the kitchen for nine years. Berry said he went to Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Chicago, and after he traveled across the Midwest cooking at various hotels before settling down in Greensboro. With Berry at its helm, Lee’s Brass Taps doesn’t just sling casual pub fare; Berry describes the food at Lee’s Brass Taps as “classical American cuisine.”
“I implement specials of the week, just everywhere across cuisines,” Berry said. “[For instance,] French cuisine, which mostly is desserts.”
Berry said he recommends the seafood specials at Lee’s, especially in the summer because, “it is light, healthy, with just beautiful presentation.”
“The dish I recommend is the Corkscrew Shrimp with arugula, lemon vinaigrette, and citrus aioli,” Berry added. “The shrimp is breaded, fried and tossed in arugula and lemon vinaigrette and served with a side of citrus aioli.”
Gibbs said at Lee’s Brass Taps, “everyone gets a big, healthy portion, and more value for your money.”
“You’ll have to come see it for yourself,” Gibbs said when asked about what sets Lee’s Brass Taps apart from other sports bars in the area. “It is a good, comfortable place. You come in here on a Friday night, and we have all types; old, young, women, men, every race, color; everybody is comfortable. And that is what I was trying to create a comfortable atmosphere.”
Gibbs said there is a corn hole tournament every Monday, live trivia with Hugs O’Houlihan from 105. 7 KZL every Wednesdays, half-priced wine on Wednesdays, karaoke on Thursdays, and live music every Friday and Saturday. Gibbs said to follow Lee’s Brass Taps on Facebook for food and drink specials and more information.