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Tousey House Tavern takes notes from its nearly 200-year-old Southern roots with its cuisine and charming, antique furnishings. The Burlington, KY restaurant is owned and operated by the Wainscott family, who also run Greyhound Tavern in Fort Mitchell, which has a similar country menu and homey hospitality. Tousey House opened its doors in 2008 specializing in gourmet Southern dishes and extensive bourbon and wine collection among two floors of decorated dining rooms. ADDRESS: 5963 N Jefferson Street #9596 (41005) / Image: Katie Robinson, Cincinnati Refined // Published: 11.11.19
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Greyhound Tavern's Sister Restaurant Has Roots Dating Back to 1822

If you’re already a fan of Greyhound Tavern, you’re going to love Tousey House Tavern. Even if you’re just a history buff, there’s all sorts of charming antiquity within the fabric that makes up the Burlington, KY spot. (But, come on—fried chicken.)


Like Greyhound, the sister restaurant is also owned by Butch & Mary Ann Wainscott, whose children run the day-to-day operations of serving up Southern cuisine and hospitality in their restaurants. The culinary connections don’t stop there, though. You may remember Meggie Wainscott, their daughter who runs May Bells Mobile Bar and Brad Wainscott, their son who own’s Libby’s Southern Comfort in Covington.

Let’s just say we’re big fans of this family’s delicious impact on the local restaurant scene. But back to Tousey House...

The restaurant opened its doors in 2008, yet the building itself dates back much, much further.


TIMELINE

  • 1817: Attorney Erastus Tousey bought the land the property now sits on for a whopping $25.
  • 1822: The Federalist style home was constructed where Erastus lived with Catherine, his wife, and their six children until he died in 1863. Catherine inherited the property and set free their 4 slaves named Lydia, Martha, Jefferson, and Tommy.
  • The home has been converted into a hotel, boarding house, as well as a handful of restaurants and shops at various points in its history.
  • 1917: It was purchased by Lester and Pearl Gulley and Albert and Fannie Pettit. They operated Gulley & Pettit’s Store for 39 years. Generations of their family members were born and raised in the home.
  • 1987: Former Judge Bruce Ferguson and Elizabeth, his wife, restored the home to its former glory after it had been vacant for a decade.

The historic property is considered the most accurate example of Federal style architecture in Northern Kentucky because of specific features which include the brickwork and matching pair of gable chimneys. Other design remnants of its past include antique pine floors in the dining rooms, decorative crown molding that frame high ceilings, and even the home’s original cooking fireplaces and hand-hewn log beams, which can still be found in the basement.

Today, Tousey House is known for its classic Southern dishes, extensive bourbon and wine collection, long-tenured employees, and a homey yet decorated escape that transports you back to a simpler time.

The elegant space can also serve as a venue for special occasions like rehearsal dinners and parties and has been known to host master distillers for bourbon tasting events, as well.

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Tousey House Tavern is located outside the Union Square in Burlington, KY at 5963 N Jefferson Street #9596 (41005).

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