New colonial history museum and restaurant brings flavor of New England to Carlsbad.

Dining in a museum usually means settling for a stale muffin, granola bar or, if you’re lucky, a chilled fruit cup.

Not so at Green Dragon Tavern & Museum, a handsome brick colonial inn-style attraction that opened a month ago in the visitor-rich area of Carlsbad near the Flower Fields and Legoland California theme park.

Named for the historic bar where American revolutionaries planned the Boston Tea Party in 1773, the 22,000-square foot center is part early American history museum, part restaurant/bar and part conference center (a coffeehouse and gift shop will come online next month).

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Green Dragon Tavern & Museum (GDTM), a 22,000-square-foot enhanced replica of Boston’s historic Green Dragon Tavern, brings history and multiple dine and drink options under one roof to Carlsbad, CA. GDTM features fivedistinct areas including: a Museum, a state-of-the-art meeting space with catering facilities, the Coffee House, the Green Dragon Tavern and the Restaurant at Green Dragon Tavern with a menu created by highly-acclaimed Chef Craig Hastings, a graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park.

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Colonial-themed Green Dragon Tavern includes museum

Korean War veteran Vic Caruana is known throughout coastal North County as “the flag guy.” He helps local businesses maintain their American flags and takes part in flag-raising ceremonies.

On January 31, Caruana was asked to raise the first American flag to be hoisted at the soon-to-open Green Dragon Tavern & Museum in Carlsbad.

The 85-year-old Marine was joined by four of who he called “my boys,” a Marine honor guard from Camp Pendleton. Wanting to be sure the flag was made in the USA, Caruana obtained it from a Philadelphia manufacturer and presented it to the honor guard at 8:00 a.m. sharp.

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Pacific Magazine Cover December 2013

This upcoming 22,000-square-foot space, constructed in convincing Colonial style, pays tribute to its namesake tavern in Massachusetts, where the Boston Tea Party was planned and the nation’s Founding Fathers (not counting the natives) gathered over ales. The Carlsbad replica will carry the additional weight of a museum, convention room and sizable restaurant, with French-trained chef Brandon Fortune helming the kitchen.

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A little bit of the East Coast is coming to Carlsbad in the form of a replica of Boston’s original Green Dragon Tavern. Housed in the red brick colonial will be a museum, coffee house, and (most importantly) the Tavern with Le Cordon Bleu-trained Chef Brandon Fortune in charge of the fine dining menu.

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The Green Dragon Tavern & Museum is hard to miss. The unique Colonial era building on Paseo Del Norte catches the eye and begs the question, “What is it?” The establishment may be opening in late November, but the truth is, it feels anything but new. The wooden floors and earthy brick walls, accented by dimly lit candelabras lighting the halls, harkens back to an earlier time when American patriots in the 18th century were fighting to protect the right of the colonists.

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Here’s a look at the best new and renovated venues in San Diego such as corporate event venues, party rooms, conference centers, restaurants with private rooms, unique venues, and more. These event and meeting spaces can accommodate groups large or small for winter entertaining including holiday parties, business dinners, cocktail parties, conferences, and private and corporate events.

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Union Tribune September 2013

Construction crews have nearly completed an unusual tourist attraction in Carlsbad that aims to combine craft beers and fine dining with artifacts from American colonial history.

The Green Dragon Tavern & Museum, a project inspired by a historic Massachusetts bar where the Boston Tea Party has planned, aims to spice up the typical museum experience with some added attractions.

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NYC Metro Magazine Article September 2013

Reasons to go to San Diego

The Colonial-style Green Dragon Tavern and Museum in Carlsbad, opening in October, will offer “old-world tavern” cuisine and will house actual Revolutionary War memorabilia and documents in its on-site museum.

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Fodor's Green Dragon Tavern & Museum article August 2013

With an average temperature of 70 degrees year-round, terrific hotels and eats, and 70 miles of coastline, there’s never a bad time to visit San Diego. The idyllic, SoCal destination is teeming with familiar attractions like the San Diego Zoo and LegoLand, in addition to myriad activities, whether its museum hopping at Balboa Park or visiting sea lions at La Jolla Cove. While San Diego impresses any day of the year, here are five good reasons to visit the sunny city now.

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