PHOTOS: Bricks & Barley event in downtown Shelton boosts autism charity

Bricks & Barley Tavern in downtown Shelton hosted an event to raise money for the Autism Speaks charity on April 30. (Photos by Brad Durrell)

Above and below, Will Poole, a Bricks & Barley manager, holds a raffle drawing during the Autism Speaks fund-raiser while being assisted by Jess Pozzato, who also works at the bar and restaurant.

“I want to thank everyone for coming out and supporting us,” Poole told the crowd.

The “Light It Up Blue” event featured raffles, prizes, a buffet and other activities. Guests were encouraged to wear bowties.

A portion of the proceeds went to the local Autism Speaks chapter, a nonprofit advocacy organization that focuses on research, awareness and outreach activities involving autism.

Bar opened in July 2014

Bricks & Barley Tavern opened at 441 Howe Ave. in the summer of 2014, replacing the former Downtown Danny O’s. The refurbished Bricks & Barley offers drinks, food, an outdoor patio and fire pit, wide-screen TVs and other amenities.

“We wanted to bring a little life to downtown Shelton,” said part owner Chris Jones of Shelton, who is an Echo Hose volunteer firefighter and a former city alderman.

The location dates back to the late 1800s, when it was a drinking establishment that primarily served local factory workers. The wooden bar inside is from 1897.