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There is optimism that Bricks & Barley Tavern can help draw more people downtown, including from new residential developments nearby such as the Avalon apartments.

“It’s a very nice renovation,” said Alderman Eric McPherson, who represents downtown.

An official ribbon-cutting ceremony took place July 25 at the new restaurant and bar at 441 Howe Ave. which occupies the former Downtown Danny O’s site. Present were representatives of the business community and government.

Rob Lesko of the DiMatteo Group, representing the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce as a board member, called Bricks & Tavern “a nice place to visit and socialize” that would help “bring people into Shelton and the Valley.”

“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. Jones is a former alderman.

The new owners have renovated the establishment, but kept the wooden bar that dates back to 1897.

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.

Connors said Bricks & Tavern will be a place “for all age groups,” with an assortment of activities.

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