Cask & Larder: Whole Cookery, Family Style, Locally Sourced Brew Pub Make Reservations


June 09, 2012
By Manager in the All, Uncategorized category.

We’ve Been Busy!

Things are moving as scheduled and every time I walk in to the building it looks so different! We dug up the floors to put in the new water lines & drains for the brewery and bar. We are having a state-of-the-art reverse osmosis filter put in that will provide the restaurant, bar and brewery with quality filtered water. This is great for our beer, food & guests!

Putting the plumbing in for the Brewery & Bar.


We also had a “mock” sign put up for about 30 minutes so we could test the size and height. We determined that it needs to be just a touch bigger & a little higher. Our sign and logo were designed by Hatchet Designs and the sign itself is being fabricated by Designage and is due to arrive in 6 weeks.

The "mock" sign, the finished product will be in color .


May 16, 2012
By cask in the All, Uncategorized category.

Southern Serendipty


Welcome to the Cask & Larder blog!   James & Julie Petrakis, chefs, owners and operators of Cask & Larder and The Ravenous Pig, have created this to share the process of starting a new restaurant in Winter Park, FL.   When they approached me to write this blog, they shared with me the plans for the new restaurant and all I have to say is that it’s going to be so awesome!  House-brewed beers by Ron Raike, an oyster bar, Sunday brunch, whole cooked animals, family-style seasonal sides, locally sourced, Southern-inspired and the team in place with James & Julie… How could anyone who loves great food, beer and drinks not be excited about this?

I was curious about how Cask & Larder came to be, so I sat down with James. He shared with me the events that brought it all together and really it’s a story of serendipity.  After the success of The Ravenous Pig, James and Julie wanted to open a French Brasserie or a Southern Oyster Bar and began contacting spaces that they really liked – most were already occupied.  They thought they had found the perfect space on Sand Lake Road and were very close to closing when they discovered that a 6,000 sq ft space was available in Winter Park.  As it turns out, it was the Historic Harper’s Tavern.

James & Julie both grew up in Winter Park and remembered how the space was loved by the community and wanted to continue the legacy of the building by bringing another successful restaurant to the space. Negotiations began with Tom Harper and his partners.  They had other offers on the table, however, it was Julie’s love for the building and Tom Harpers belief in what they wanted to do that closed the deal.  The deal came with a couple of stipulations.  The cypress wall from the original building – dating back to the 1930’s –  had to stay as well as the prohibition-era liquor bottles that Tom found buried in the burn pit when they put in the parking lot.   This wasn’t a difficult stipulation for James & Julie, “We already knew we wanted to keep them anyway,” James said.


The Cask & Larder story is truly an example of all things coming together at the right time.  All of us are excited to revitalize what Harper’s Tavern was in the past, a lively place where you can get great, house-made food and drinks with family and friends.  Stay tuned as we share new developments, menu planning, brewing beer and more as we get ready to open around Labor Day!

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