The Green Dragon Tavern & Museum, Inc. is a 22,000 square foot enhanced replica of Boston’s historic Green Dragon Tavern that was established in 1654 and was a common meeting place for prominent historical figures including Sam Adams and John Hancock. It's located off Paseo Del Norte near the intersection of Palomar Airport Road.
It features four distinct areas with Colonial-style architecture including a museum, state-of-the-art meeting space with catering facilities, a coffee and gift shop, tavern and a 1,738 sq. ft. restaurant with menu items from Le Cordon Bleu trained Executive Chef Brandon Fortune. Venue spokesperson, Senior Vice President and General Manager John Lek is projecting that the space will be open by early November.
The educational space creates a welcoming atmosphere for celebrating, remembering and honoring early American history, our founding fathers and their many contributions to our past and modern day society. Offering complimentary admission, the Green Dragon Museum will house documents from the Colonial and Revolutionary eras that are derived from Bruce Bartlett's private collection accumulated over 25 years and will be enhanced by additional documentation and memorabilia supplied in partnership by the Pilgrim Hall Museum, which was founded in 1824 and is America’s oldest continuously-operating museum, and the New England Genealogical Historical Society, the country’s leading resource for family history research. GDTM will provide individuals of all ages with an opportunity to be in the presence of historical, Colonial-era and Revolutionary War-era documents so they can formulate and maintain an appreciation for our country's rich history.
The Colonial-style architecture features red brick, massive white columns adorning the entryway, Cape Cod Gray siding and a cobblestone stamped concrete walkway leading up to an English Tea Garden at the main entry of museum. The spacious foyer divides the Tavern and Restaurant where guests are greeted by elegant décor with an ambiance welcoming all patrons, families and children. The Green Dragon Tavern is reminiscent of an authentic old world tavern, similar to those enjoyed by our founding fathers, yet presents modern luxuries including multiple flat screen TVs.
Green Dragon Restaurant
• 1,738 sq. ft. seating roughly 115 guests
• 4,815 sq. ft. including the kitchen and dining area
• The dining room features etched glass highlighting key moments in American history, including the landing at Plymouth Rock
• Creative menu that reflects "old world" meets "new world" cuisine featuring all locally farmed and sustainable ingredients. Menu highlights include Maine Lobster and New England seafood dishes
• Features a scratch kitchen- inspiration is “Hand-Made.” As much as possible will be done in-house including all sauces, condiments (ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, steak sauces), burger buns and flatbread
• Old World cooking techniques (open-flame cooking, braising, griddling) are blended with modern techniques and modern equipment
• Green Dragon Pastry Department will make all desserts in-house from scratch as well as feature tavern-baked goodies for the coffee house daily
• Catering department will be customizable and versatile
Coffee Shop/Book Store
• 1,840 sq. ft.
• Offering pastries and a limited menu from the restaurant
Green Dragon Tavern & Museum Inc developers have invested nearly 35 years in the area, signing a lease until 2045 and revitalizing the former Hadley Fruit Orchards, which sat vacant on the Paseo Del Norte space for close to 10 years. The site sits adjacent to the Flower Fields in Carlsbad and close to the Carlsbad Premium Outlets and LegoLand. Roughly 200 parking spots with designated areas for limos and buses will be provided.
–GDTM Press Release