It all began as a gift.

The structure housing 1836 was built on this site circa 1872 as a wedding gift from Dr. Joshua Allen Thomason and wife Emily Jane Fisher Thomason to their daughter Sallie and son-in-law Rev. Jeremiah Ward rector of St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Huntsville. Originally constructed in the then new and popular Italianate Country Villa style, it has evolved over the many years into the structure which invites you today.

A tribute to liberty.

This restaurant is our tribute to the men and events of that time of Texas legend and grandeur. Throughout our home you will find replicas of flags used during the revolution years. Original commissioned art by Texas artist Virgilio Davis is on display along with other tributes to Texas heroes. We do this while hoping to bring to you our patrons a pleasurable dining experience. Join us then in remembering greatness forged in self denial, valor, and a visionary dream that became Texas.

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Our People

Eric McClanahan

Classic Taste at its Freshest.

EXECUTIVE CHEF & GENERAL MANAGER Eric McClanahan, C.W.A., C.W.S. (January 2002), grew up in Houston, Texas. His life's journey led him through rich culinary destinations in Europe where Eric started his training. He indulged in everything from hand selecting the freshest ingredients from local markets, to studying under some of Europe's most prestigious Chefs. Chef Eric participated in Cook Streets' intensive and accelerated Culinary Arts program in January of 2002. He also attended the gamut of prestigious institutes for cookery such as Italian Culinary Institute for Foreigners and Hostellerie Berard, working under Master Chef Rene Berard.

Chef Eric holds many titles, Including Certified Chef of Wine Arts and Certified Wine Sommelier. He also had the opportunity to study under the International Wine Guild President, Claude Robbins. Some of Chef Eric's notable accomplishments include creating a number of wine dinners, including one held for the Confrerie de la Chaine des Rotisseurs, the oldest organization to promote Gastronomy and Culinary Arts in the world.

"Preparing meals that utilize the freshest ingredients, are created with passion, and use classic technique are the meals that I want to share with my guests."