Calling it a “big step” for the company, Travis Barnes kicks off a new era for the Hotel Tango Distillery by opening a third tasting room location in Zionsville. Opening at 4 p.m. Jan. 14, it will join Fort Wayne and Fletcher Place in Indianapolis as the largest space in the chain.
“This was a lot of serendipity that came together to make Hotel Tango Zionsville come to fruition,” co-owner Travis Barnes said. “It’s very similar to our place downtown.”
The 4,000-square-foot tasting room on Zionsville Road has the signature fireplace and offers the spirits, a small menu of food and a variety of cocktails where family and friends can have a good time in a safe and fun place.
Barnes said he is excited about the opening and really enjoys the people in the area. He thanks the mayor, town council and chamber for supporting a small business like Hotel Tango, the first distillery in Indiana since prohibition.
Barnes and his wife Hilary opened the distillery in 2014 and offer nine liquors including vodka, rum, gin and more. He served three combat tours as a Recon Marine in Iraq. The name reflects his military roots. Hotel is the NATO phonetic alphabet word for the letter H which represents Hilary and Tango is for the T in Travis.
Announced in November of 2019, Hotel Tango was set to open last year, but was delayed due to the pandemic.
“Twenty-twenty was a master class in how to keep a business going,” Barnes said. “We learned a lot. I really have to give credit to our company and team members, our staff. The leadership did an outstanding job of focusing on the things that matter.
“Ensuring staff and customer safety is paramount to Hotel Tango’s success in Zionsville,” Barnes added. “As we begin to turn the corner on COVID-19, I ask for everyone’s patience and flexibility as regulations with masks, seating and distancing continue to change.”
He thanked the developers for being flexible on the timeline.
“If there was a silver lining, COVID gave us the opportunity to pump the brakes a little bit to make sure everybody was successful,” he said.
The product is available in 16 states and distributed to 120 military bases. Barnes expects to expand the markets in the coming year.
“We just were granted access to OCONUS (Outside the Continental United States) for the United States Navy,” Barnes said.
“We’re waiting to hear what bases they are going to put us in.”
Hotel Tango will be open from 4-11 p.m. Monday through Friday, noon to 11 p.m. on Saturdays and noon to 10 p.m. on Sundays at 10615 Zionsville Road.