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BEHIND THE BAR
Brandon McCown, Co-Owner and Director of Spirits, Buckhorn Inn & Tavern, Churchville
BILLY FELLIN
he story of the Buckhorn Inn and Tavern
begins more than two centuries ago.
The original building was established in
1811, says co-owner and director of spirits
Brandon McCown. Over the years, it has been
a stagecoach stop, an inn, a tavern and a
Civil War hospital. It had been sitting idle for
several years-until July 2021.
Jack Kearney and Brenda Horrell, who own
The Thomas House Restaurant in Dayton,
conceived the idea of purchasing the Buckhorn
and invited McCown to join as a co-owner. The
timing wasn't right, McCown recalls, since he
and his wife, Danielle McCown, were putting
money toward starting a family. He declined.
" Fast forward to about a month later, "
McCown recalls, to his and Danielle's wedding
reception, which had been postponed because
of COVID. " Brenda and Jack pulled me aside
and presented their wedding gift: one percent
ownership of the Buckhorn. " To me this was
jaw dropping. This meant, even if it was a small
sliver, I was going to be a part of something
big. My wife and I went out to meet Brenda
and Jack at the Buckhorn and ... my wife fell
in love with the place. She was in. "
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What did it take to make The Buckhorn
ready for service?
We wanted to leave the building as original
as possible, so we did not change much to
the structure- a little bit of paint here and
there to give it a facelift. The now-tavern was
known to people as the Pink Room. With some
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planning, hard work, a lot of sweat, tears,
cuts and bruises, we were able to convert it
into our tavern.
How did you end up as bartender at the
Buckhorn?
All of us [co-owners] very much enjoy wine;
Jack and myself are home brewers, and we
knew we would enjoy opening the tavern
and having local beers available. I like wine
and love bourbon, so I was thrilled with the
idea. I told everyone that I would take on the
workload of getting our license and setting
up the tavern. That is how my title came to
be the director of spirits, which can be taken
two ways given the history of the Buckhorn
and the stories of it being haunted.
What's the menu concept?
The focus of the menu is to bring good local
farm-to-table food to our customers at a
reasonable price and give them an experience
to sit in such a historic building. We also have a
continuous changing menu with the seasons.
Some of our base meals may stay the same,
but we are always bringing new flavor profiles
into the menu [as well as seafood, recalling the
seafood buffet that the tavern once offered].
Our brunch is a lot of fun-we call it our boozy
brunch.
How would you describe the cocktail
program?
We tried to come up with a variety of drinks
that would pair well with the food that we
serve. For our brunch we have a lineup
of Bloody Marys: the Original, Spicy, Old
Bay and a smoked Bloody Mary. We offer a
Mimosa flight where customers can choose
four flavors from the eight we currently offer.
We offer our coffee drinkers a RumChata
coffee.
For dinner service, we offer a selection of
wines, bourbons, beers and mixed cocktails.
Our customers really enjoy our Bloody
Marys, the men enjoy the Old Smokey
cocktail and the women enjoy the Aviation,
Betty White or the Wildflower.
We try to match our cocktails to the time
of the year. Our front-of-house manager,
Erin Kyaio, is a huge help with this task. We
think about what season it is, holidays being
celebrated, fruits that are being harvested,
flowers that are blooming and then start the
flavor profiling and mixing process to come
up with a delightful and delicious cocktail.
What do you like most about being part of
The Buckhorn?
One great thing is our little work family that we
have formed. I have my family at home, my fire
department family and my Buckhorn family.
We have a small group of great employees
who are all passionate about the restaurant
and what they do. If it was not for the hardworking
and dedicated employees, we would
not be where we are today.
-Annie Tobey

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