The taps are now flowing at new bar in downtown Shelton

Above, owners and managerial staff of the new Bricks & Barley Tavern in downtown Shelton pose on opening night, Thursday, at the Howe Avenue venue. From left are Will Poole, night manager; Tim Connors, co-owner; Scott Schroder of Shelton, day manager; and Chris Jones of Shelton, co-owner. (Photos by Brad Durrell)

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Bricks & Barley has a soft opening on Thursday evening, intended mostly for friends and family members, and opens its doors to the public tonight, Friday. Radio station WPLR-FM 99.1 plans to have its “Wigout” event at the bar and restaurant on Friday from 2-7 p.m.

“We had a good turnout,” Connors, who lives in the Valley, said of the Thursday night soft opening.

The new establishment at 441 Howe Ave. offers 46 beers on tap as well as multiple large-screen TVs.

The new establishment at 441 Howe Ave. offers 46 beers on tap as well as multiple large-screen TVs.

“We had a lot of people,” said Jones, who is well-known in Shelton due to his many years as a volunteer firefighter, his involvement in community activities, and serving as an alderman in the past.

 

Renovating the old Downtown Danny O’s

The establishment fills the space left empty a few months ago with the closing of Downtown Danny O’s (the original Danny O’s Bar & Grille on River Road remains open).

The new owners have renovated the inside and plan to put more of an emphasis on food. It will offer “modern American food with a twist.” Bricks & Barley Tavern has a front patio on Howe Avenue, where a new outdoor fire pit has been added.

Patrons sit around the fire pit on the front patio at the new Bricks & Barley Tavern in downtown Shelton.

Patrons sit around the fire pit on the front patio at the new Bricks & Barley Tavern in downtown Shelton.

It also has multiple large-screen TVs, a gaming lounge that offers XBox and PlayStation, what staff calls a first-class entertainment system, 46 beers on tap, and a bourbon bar.

“We’re bringing something they don’t have here, with multiple atmospheres and a focus on customer service,” Poole said. “We offer the best bourbon selections in the state.”

The new marquee sign for Bricks & Barley Tavern on Howe Avenue.

The new marquee sign for Bricks & Barley Tavern on Howe Avenue.

The establishment’s second floor — with a rooftop lounge — should open in the future, pending certain permits.

Bricks & Barley Tavern is at 441 Howe Ave., between Center and Bridge streets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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