Turns out the bar is currently undergoing a remodel, so we checked in with executive partner/co-founder/manager Seth Klein for the inside scoop.
EatingOxford.com: How long has The Cellar been open and why have you decided to remodel?
Seth: The bar itself has been around since 2007, but in early 2012 the decision was made to venture away from the Cellar theme and it was turned into McCarthy’s Irish Pub. After much deliberation, we decided that McCarthy’s was not a good fit and we wanted to bring the Cellar back due to the success it had previously. Therefore, we decided it would be best to give the bar a whole new look and feel instead of just changing the name.
EatingOxford.com: What changes will be made during the remodel?
Seth: The entire bar is undergoing a remodel. We are adding new flooring and seating as well as making multiple changes throughout, which will help bring the feel of an upscale martini lounge to the historic Oxford square.
EatingOxford.com: How long will the remodel take?
Seth: About one month. The remodel is scheduled for completion in early to mid-August 2014.
EatingOxford.com: Will The Levee be affected at all?
Seth: The Levee will not be affected. The Cellar is closed until the remodel is complete, but the Levee is open for business as usual.
EatingOxford.com: Will the menus at the Cellar change after the remodel?
Seth: Yes. The overall goal is to focus on great martinis and great cocktails. Our martini menu and specialty drink menu will offer a wide variety of new and exciting beverages to enjoy. We plan to use fresh juices and fruits as well for many of the drinks we are adding to our menu. We also have plans to add new beers, some of which will be catered to customers trying to live a little healthier. We also plan to add a bunch of great items to our food menu.