Ashley Phillips, Staff Writer
Walking into Hubbard’s off Main’s new “Hubbards Out Back”, you’ll see the aesthetic is just as beautiful as the main building: large doors that open to expose the venue to fresh air and sunlight, a stage for outdoor live performances, handmade one of a kind furniture pieces with some dating back to the 1800s.
This part of the building won’t be open to the public until May 6th, but you won’t be disappointed.
“It is NICE! Has a stage, a lot of Garage Doors, Fantastic Decor… looks like a brewery in ATL,” says Ted Tedder, musician and entrepreneur.
Hubbard’s has been a local scene for musicians and the younger crowd for about five years now, and this addition to the restaurant means full bands can play live music without the restriction of the big band sound in a small space.
With live music performances Fridays and Saturdays, and a “writer’s night” hosted by Ryan Robertson every third Thursday in the main building, even more opportunities to kick back and listen to some tunes with this new addition.
Owner, Charlotte Hubbard is inviting the public to join its opening celebration May 6th.
Where: Hubbard’s Out Back, located just behind the main building.
When: Thursday, May 6th at 6pm.
What to expect: Free Sliders and Domestic Beer. Local Musician Ryan Robertson’s band will be performing live.
“Is that a repurposed front door,” I asked as I stared down a particularly interesting table.
Charlotte Hubbard replied that Danny Hurt of Hurt House of Photography had given her the door, they fastened some rebar legs to it, and created the piece that I was admiring.
Looking around, many of the furniture pieces looked as if it had a story. These were no ordinary bar stools, tables, and chairs.
“That one, I believe, came from Culman,” Hubbard said, pointing to a remarkably sturdy piece in the back. “And it’s like, from the 1890s.”
So, why would a restaurant have mismatched furniture from various places and time periods? The answer is that before “restaurant proprietor”, Hubbard was an antique dealer.
Asked how she came to make the switch, Hubbard explained that she owned the building two doors down for her antique store. She said the business wasn’t doing as well as had hoped. “Everybody was saying we need a restaurant down here. We didn’t have any place,” Hubbard said.
She began with just sandwiches and soups for lunch and it just grew from there.
Hubbard said her late brother in law, Charles Hubbard, had owned the business next door, “Hubbard Piano”. He sold her the building when she needed a bigger space keeping the sign on the building.
The beautiful dining area has large open spaces, gorgeous hardwood floors, a stage, a piano gracing the corner, and a gleaming bartop creating an upscale atmosphere that could rival most bars in larger cities.
There is a cozy private dining room with sliding doors as you walk towards the back of the restaurant. If you continue on, you’ll see that the restaurant is connected to its original space that is just as beautiful and is often rented out to private parties for wedding rehearsal dinners and the like.