Bricks & Barley Tavern in Shelton holds ribbon cutting

The new Bricks & Barley Tavern, a restaurant and bar, held its official ribbon cutting on Friday evening in Shelton.

The establishment is at 441 Howe Ave. in downtown Shelton. It occupies the former Downtown Danny O’s site.

Among those participating in the ceremony are, above from left, Rob Lesko of DiMatteo Group in Shelton and a Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce board member; Alderman Eric McPherson, who represents downtown; Will Poole (in back), night manager; state Rep. Themis Klarides of Derby; co-owner Chris Jones (in back, holding his daughter Garbriella and with his wife Joanne); co-owner Tim Connors; Tim’s wife, Rosa; Chris Hill of Paychex (in back), chairman of the chamber’s Young Emerging Professionals group; and Jimmy Tickey, a Shelton Planning and Zoning Commission member. (Photo by Brad Durrell)

The new owners have renovated the establishment’s inside, adding large-screen TVs and making other upgrades. The 1897 wooden bar remains in place.

Their goal is to offer a place where families can come to eat and where friends can gather to socialize in the afternoon and evening.

“We wanted to bring a little life to downtown Shelton,” said Jones, who is well-known in the city as a volunteer firefighter and for his political involvement.

Bricks & Barley is open seven days a week for drinks, lunch, dinner and late-night food.

Look for more coverage of the ribbon-cutting ceremony in the coming days.