NEJC Faces: Anthony Zarate, restaurateur


“I bartended and managed restaurants going through college. It was a lot of fun. That’s when I really found out I enjoy taking care of people. Making their day. Making sure they want to come back and see me and are enjoying the product I’m serving.

“[At Tavern], we want to try to create somewhere that’s fun, that’s welcoming, that’s inviting. Because in the world we live in, there are so many things going on that we want to make sure that if you’re going on date night or taking the kids out after some school event, when you come here, we want to have that atmosphere that makes you feel great. We want a vibrant atmosphere. Something that has a panache.

“[Both Kelly Manning and I] enjoy interacting with everyone. And people appreciate it. They appreciate it when they see the owners coming around. It’s all about solving problems within the four walls.”