History has been brought to life or resurrected in Carlsbad at the new Green Dragon Tavern & Museum which announced they are finally and officially opening February 12th!
There is nothing quite like it in the city of Carlsbad, nothing that even resembles the large brick colonial building visible from the 5 freeway. The brand new building with ancient motif Green Dragon Tavern & Museum is situated off Palomar Airport road on Paseo del Norte in the coastal community of Carlsbad.
For long time Carlsbad residents the spacious vacant 3 acre lot was the previous to the long gone “Hadley’s” market and although the location is prime real estate, the lot had been vacant for at least a decade despite the blossoming growth all around, literally-the world famous Flower Fields are just across the street.
It is not just the facade of the clearly east coast style brick, and iron adorned, pillared tavern that has peeked curiosity around the county, it’s also the buzz about what they will have on the inside.
According to recent interviews with the GM John Lek, the Green Dragon is made up of several components; there is the 100 seat Tavern with two story rock fireplace and 30 feet high cathedral ceilings, the more formal 115 seat dining room with custom ornate glass etchings of historical scenes, a large banquet room and private meeting space, a quaint and more eclectic café and the 1,000 square foot open display museum which will feature colonial American historical exhibits.
American history needs to revived on the west coast, believes Lek, who recognizes that the current focus in schools has been predominantly focused on missions and California history, and less focus being given to American history, the united nation that we are. Rarely do children in school get to experience real colonial American history without physically going to the east coast. Catering to local schools is a top priority for the Green Dragon who hopes to also become a destination for tourists visiting Legoland and the Flower Fields in Carlsbad.
Finally- the date has been set for the doors to officially open. Just last Friday Camp Pendleton Marines helped raised the Green Dragon’s American flag, and now the public is invited to dinner commencing February 12th. Even though the opening was delayed opting for the date of Lincoln’s birthday and around President’s Day (and Valentines Day) seems conveniently apropos!
While there are many museums and historical sites to see throughout the San Diego region, the Green Dragon Tavern & Museum in Carlsbad is the only museum specifically devoted to American Colonial history and artifacts.
History has already been made with the establishment of the Green Dragon Tavern & Museum in Carlsbad and lessons already being taught, such as history never gets old, patience is golden and it’s what’s on the inside that matters the most.
Opening for dinner service initially the GM John Lek hopes to extend their menu and service to include lunch in a matter of weeks. American cuisine with your traditional tavern style comfort fare and seasonal seafood dishes are all planned on the menu. Free flowing conversation, mingling and relishing the historical archives are all encouraged and likely guaranteed with no shortage of conversation pieces sprinkled throughout the expansive lair.
The Green Dragon Tavern & Museum is located at 6115 Paseo del Norte in Carlsbad, the telephone number for reservations is (760) 918-2421