This used to be k'ya, an attempt to class up the dining scenery in what was increasingly becoming the sole territory of tourist-trappy chains near the Disneyland Resort. k'ya failed in their noble fight against the Joe's Crab Shacks and Outbacks. Twice. Once as the original incarnation; the second time as a revamped street food concept. This restaurant is a complete and total reboot. Gone are the curved leather booths, the dark lighting, the valet-only parking. Good riddance, we say. American Tavern is poised to become a beer and burger joint. Wood tables. Butcher paper placemats. A whole bunch of flatscreen TVs tuned to sports. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.
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