Interview with Truckee Philosophy

“Whether you're with old friends or making new ones, Philosophy is a social affair.”

“Whether you're with old friends or making new ones, Philosophy is a social affair.”

Truckee Philosophy is the newest edition of Truckee’s downtown landscape. Their doors opened in May, but with less than a year under their belt they have quite a reputation. Online reviews give them 4 solid stars and praise such as, “Was impressed - great drink selection, solid food, and fun atmosphere.” At face value, Philosophy is a restaurant and bar that hosts live music and events. But it’s unique community centric quality has us coming back again and again. We wanted to dive a little deeper and get the background scoop on Philosophy and owner Hayden Pruitt.

When you walk into Truckee Philosophy, the first thing you might notice is how open the space feels. There’s a bar that sits against the back wall and an open kitchen that runs perpendicular to it. Across from the kitchen is a small stage, set just slightly higher than the floor. The rest of the space is dedicated to lounging with comfy couches and armchairs or communal tables for dining. The intentional layout is indicative of Pruitt’s vision for Philosophy: “We have a uniquely designed space that lends itself to openness and connectedness; principles we believe represent Truckee well and principles the world could use a lot more of...”

Philosophy is more than just a restaurant and bar, and totally nothing like we’ve ever experienced before. The menu is incredibly sophisticated, specializing in “locally sourced, organic, farm-to-table comfort food.” If you come for the food, you must stay for a glass of their world-class wine list or their extensive tap filled only with craft brewers within 50 miles.

But the menus and drinks only make up half of Philosophy. “Community is [Philosophy’s] number one focus,” Pruitt says. “We try to offer a social experience centered on community.”

A lot of his inspiration for Philosophy came from Truckee and the wonderful people within it. He found something special and unique about the bonds within the community here in Truckee that he couldn’t shake. “The sense of community and support here is overwhelming and not something you find in a lot of other communities,” he explains. “Our absolute, number one goal is to engrain ourselves in the community, represent it well, and contribute to the growth and direction of Truckee in a positive way.”

He’s cautious of how the town will perceive Philosophy, and wants to make it a space people are excited to be in. He says, “if any community members have ideas on how we can improve, events we can host, or programs we can help promote, please don't hesitate to reach out to us.”

Find Philosophy in person at their Downtown location (next to Burger Me) or online on Instagram, Facebook, or their website.

Quick Fire:

What is your favorite outdoor activity in Truckee/Tahoe?

Oooh, tough one. I'd have to go with skiing. I'm a pretty avid skier in the winter and volunteer my time teaching kids to ski at it's kind of a win-win.


Where is your go-to place when you need to relax?

Outside. Pick a trail and go.


Where is your favorite spot to grab a cocktail or bite to eat?

Honestly, much love to Front Street Pizza. Love their pizza and love to support them. But I'd probably head to the Lodge in Tahoe Donner for a cocktail.


Beach Bum or Snow Bum?

Snow bum

Where can we find you on a Sunday morning?

If I'm not working, typically outside running or on the mountain skiing once snow falls.


Truckee is growing so quickly! What are you most excited about in this new development?

Honestly, we're just excited to be a part of it and to play a role. At the same time, there's a certain degree of pensive anticipation. Growth can be great but the benefits of growth can often be unevenly distributed. We're hoping to not simply benefit from the growth in Truckee, but to play an active role in the social framework of Truckee's future - one that looks very bright!