ABOUT US

THE RESTAURANT

Welcome to Tavern on the Square! Come and enjoy some of the best themed nights in Ocala, such as, Wine Down Wednesdays (Guests can can enjoy $4 wines and $5 martinis all night), Live Jazz on Thursday nights, Latin Fridays, and Dance parties every Saturday.
“Tavern on the Square’s kitchen now features a modern gourmet dinner menu.” said Philip Glassman, owner.
Philip is familiar with finer dining in Ocala; one of his better-known initiatives was the swanky POSH 27 – known as much for its decor as its upper-end cuisine – years back in the facility next to Hollywood 16 that now hosts Hooters.
There are a little over 100 seats for dining, including three 10-person community tables, and patio dining in front overlooking the square. Cigars are available on a screened area out back.

CHEF/KITCHEN MANAGER AT TAVERN ON THE SQUARE

Chef Tony, Tavern on the SquareAntonio “Chef Tony” Deras arrived in this country at the very beginning of adulthood. He came from a very humble family, & they instilled within him a strong work ethic. He began working in the restaurant business as a way to pay the bills, then he became immediately interested in food. He enjoyed watching creations being made, and he fell in love with the process.
Antonio realized that a plate was more than just a meal it was an expression of love being created. Throughout the years, his passions heightened. So much so, he wanted to share them with the world. He was soon inspired to become a celebrity chef.
Antonio was not scared to push the boundaries of culinary arts, in order to create something that could possibly touch the hearts of the people who have tried it. He has many goals and aspirations in life, so he works hard everyday to better himself. With the many years of experience behind him; he hopes this is only the beginning in his journey in the Art of Food.

EXECUTIVE CHEF

Tavern on the Square’s unique menu was originally created by Chef Jag, who also trained, our now, Chef/Kitchen manager Chef Tony.
Joshua “Jag” Garcia is an American celebrity chef, singer-songwriter, musician and mixed martial artist. He was born in New York City in 1981 and was raised in the South Bronx until the age of 12.
In 2007 Joshua gained notoriety as Chef Jag on season 3 of the Next Food Network Star.  He was one of two contestants remaining of 11 culinary artists selected to compete for their own show on Food Network.
He has overseen the creation of  recipes and culinary instruction for various televised events, restaurant concepts and non-profit organizations including Moffitt cancer center, Semper Fidelis veteran health & wellness and The Tampa bay Wine and food Festival.
Today Chef Jag is Executive Chef owner of upcoming food-lounge concept Jag’s™ and is owner and chief instructor of Nogi Shoot Box™ Mixed Martial Arts in Ocala, Florida.