Downtown Wilmington restaurateurs planning an expansion into former piano bar

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Tails Piano Bar in Wilmington, N.C. closed its doors in 2020.
Tails Piano Bar in Wilmington, N.C. closed its doors in 2020.

Justin Smith, one of the partners at Husk and YoSake, said he’s been working on another space in downtown Wilmington for several months. The former Tails Piano Bar at 115 S. Front St. has been closed since 2020.

It has an indoor space with a bar, as well as an exposed brick patio. Smith and his partners had the idea to bring one particular concept to the space.

“It screams German beer garden,” he said.

It was similar to the process they used to create the Little Dipper Fondue.

“It was a building we loved and we thought about what concept would work, and what Wilmington needed.”

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They are now in the planning and permitting stages for the beer garden. Smith pointed out that there is a solid restaurant just a few blocks away in The German Café in The Cotton Exchange.

“But this will be a little different,” he said. “A little bit more of a party atmosphere, where the music is a little louder.”

Smith said chef Erin Wiley is already working on a German-inspired menu and they plan to serve a selection of locally made, German-style beers. If all goes well, they hope to open in April.

Allison Ballard is the food and dining reporter at the StarNews. You can reach her at

This article originally appeared on Wilmington StarNews: Former piano bar in downtown Wilmington to become German beer garden

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