About Us

The Downtowner Bar & Kitchen, designed and established  by New Braunfels Local, & Executive Chef Chad Niland in 2016; offers a unique twist on southern cuisine and high quality libations in an upscale relaxed atmosphere.

“Being closed for a year was unfortunate; but it gave us the opportunity to evaluate what we do really well… this was when I made the decision to bring Jason Sublett on as a co-owner.

“Jason  and I, collectively have over 50 years of experience in the hospitality industry, and we strive to use our experience to deliver the best customer experience we can. ” – Chad Niland

Who We Are

Chad Niland
Restaurateur & Chef

Born and raised in New Braunfels, Texas, Local & Executive Chef, Chad Niland personally designed and opened the original Downtowner Bar & Kitchen back in 2016. He relied on his fifteen years of first-hand experience working in the restaurant industry to develop his menu,  source his ingredients locally, hire a team, and deliver a great experience to his customers.

Just after celebrating the 4th anniversary of being opened,the 2020 pandemic hit, and Niland made the call to close the Downtowner until the time was right to re-open.

“Being closed for a year was unfortunate; but it gave us the opportunity to evaluate what we do really well, time to review our internal processes, and the possibility to develop our newly released hand-crafted menu. Whether it’s our food or cocktail menu, we still have our signature fan favorites but you will notice we’ve added new items that are sure to delight and over deliver on flavor every time.”

Jason Sublett
Co-Owner & Bar Director

During college, Jason, better known by his regulars and friends as “Subby”, started working in the kitchen at the local Tap Room in San Marcos, to earn extra money during college. Turns out college, and the kitchen weren’t really his thing. “Building craft drinks that make my customers happy and make their eyes light up are why I love what I do. And I’m happy I get to do that here with my team at the Downtowner.”

Downtowner houses 22 beers on tap, featuring local main stays and seasonal rotating Texas beers, along with an exceptional dinner and brunch cocktail menu.
The Downtowner Bar & Kitchen is located at 208 S Castell Ave on the main floor in the Ol’ Bossy Creamery Building, in downtown New Braunfels.

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The Downtowner Bar & Kitchen is located at 208 S Castell Ave on the main
floor in the Ol’ Bossy Creamery Building, in downtown New Braunfels.

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