Painted Pig Tavern celebrates facelift with Valentine’s offer
by Rebecca Johnston
February 06, 2013 11:19 PM | 5404 views | 2 2 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Painted Pig Tavern in downtown Canton is celebrating Valentine’s Day with a special dinner and movie evening in partnership with the Canton Theatre. <br> Special to the Cherokee Tribune
The Painted Pig Tavern in downtown Canton is celebrating Valentine’s Day with a special dinner and movie evening in partnership with the Canton Theatre.
Special to the Cherokee Tribune
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The outside of the Painted Pig Tavern. The new space included a 28-foot bar, wood floors and booths, and plenty of exposed brick.
The outside of the Painted Pig Tavern. The new space included a 28-foot bar, wood floors and booths, and plenty of exposed brick.
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The Chef’s Charcuterie Selection is an array of cured meats, olives, cheese and cornichons.
The Chef’s Charcuterie Selection is an array of cured meats, olives, cheese and cornichons.
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The Painted Pig Tavern in historic downtown Canton has reopened just in time for Valentine’s Day after a major facelift, and new owners Joseph Guynup and Nick Vecchio are ready to celebrate.

The already popular revamped eatery is teaming up with the Canton Theatre to offer a Valentine’s evening of dinner and a movie for couples looking for a night on the town with plenty of chocolate to celebrate Feb. 14.

“We thought it would be great to team up with the theater since it is right across the street and offer something different for Valentine’s,” Guynup said.

A ticket gets a couple dinner and the movie “Chocolat” starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp.

The ticket for two people costs $49.50 and includes a two-course dinner and champagne split with glasses to take to the historic movie theater across the street. At the theater, the couple will receive some chocolates of their own to enjoy.

For dinner, customers will choose their main course from a special menu and also choose an appetizer to share.

The movie starts at 8 p.m., and Guynup suggests those planning to attend allow at lease an hour and a half for the movie.

Guynup and Vecchio took over the restaurant in fall 2012, knowing at the time they wanted to renovate. But with Christmas parties booked, the two decided to wait until after the holidays to shut down for a few weeks and redo the space where Fork and Tavern was previously located.

“We did the renovations to make it more appealing,” said Guynup, who previously owned restaurants including a tavern in New York. “We gutted out the downstairs and started from scratch.”

The new space included a 28-foot bar, wood floors and booths, and plenty of exposed brick.

Artwork by local artists adorns the walls in the refreshed space. The art is for sale, with all proceeds going to the artists.

“We stripped the kitchen and cleaned it and added some pieces of equipment. The place needed a little TLC,” Guynup said.

The menu has been revamped as well. The owners spent a lot of time researching before compiling the updated tavern menu, which features such appetizers as Chef’s Charcuterie Selection, an array of cured meats, olives, cheese and cornichons. The new menu also includes sauerkraut balls, which are golden fried sauerkraut, smoked ham and potato balls.

An immediate favorite is the fried macaroni and cheese, and standard favorites such as fried green tomatoes and chicken wings offer something for most tastes.

“A lot of the menu’s influence is from taverns in places like London,” Guynup said. “We didn’t want to go in the direction that other restaurants here have already gone.”

Painted Pig specialties on the entrée menu include puff pastry pot pies, fish and chips, The Big Pig Brat and the grilled chicken sandwich, which is topped with guacamole and melted Monterey Jack cheese.

Vecchio likes microbrewing, and the tavern offers 14 micro brews on draft, an extensive selection of whiskeys and a small but solid wine list.

The men moved south to be close to their in-laws and both now live in the Hickory Flat area. Vecchio is a bachelor, and Guynup is married to Vecchio’s sister. The Guynups have three children.

Guynup said the they wanted to locate in an historic downtown area and considered both Roswell and Woodstock before settling on Canton after seeing the restaurant space where they ultimately located.

Visitors to the restaurant are greeted by the Painted Pig outside. Right now a contest is underway on the restaurant’s Facebook page to name the pig.

The top five names are Otto, Virginia, Morty, Kevin and Chester. The name will be announced at a concert at the Cherokee Arts Center Saturday night sponsored by the restaurant.

“Every month, a different local artist will paint the pig,” Guynup said. “We already have the next four months spoken for.”

For those looking to visit the Pig, the hours are Monday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to midnight, Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The regular menu is served on Sunday as well as other times.

The restaurant is located at 190 East Main Street. For information, call (678) 880-1714.

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Bill Grant
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February 07, 2013
Joe and Nick, thank you for investing in downtown Canton! Your new space and menu are fine additions. We appreciate your efforts and look forward to dining with you often!
Jeff Brown
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February 07, 2013
Congratulations to the Painted Pig! The inside looks great,and the food is good too. I encourage everyone to give it a visit! This is an excellent addition to Downtown Canton.
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