The old Downtown Danny O’s is now Bricks & Barley Tavern; Should open soon

A temporary sign has gone up for the new bar and restaurant that will replace Downtown Danny O’s at 441 Howe Ave.

The new establishment in Shelton’s central business district will be called Bricks & Barley Tavern, a name selected after a contest involving the public.

Chris Jones of Shelton, one of the partners in the business, told the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) that a local 26-year-old individual suggested the new name.

Jones appeared before the P&Z on Tuesday night to get approval for the business and the new permanent marquee sign, which should go up soon.

The bar’s logo uses black and orange, Jones noted, in a reference to the school colors of Shelton High that are often incorporated into designs having to do with Shelton.

‘See the transformation’

Bricks & Barley Tavern could open as soon as this weekend, but that is dependent on getting all necessary permits and passing inspections.

The P&Z unanimously approved the new permanent sign and the new business.

Jones noted Bricks & Barley will be open for lunch every day, as well as at other times for food and drink. “I highly recommend you guys come in and see the transformation,” he said.

Well-known in the city

Chris Jones is well known in the community from his involvement as an Echo Hose volunteer firefighter, other volunteer activities, serving as an alderman, and two past campaigns for mayor. He grew up in Shelton.

Jones is one of three partners in the business. One of the other partners is Timothy Connors of Seymour.

Downtown Danny O’s opened in 2001

Danny O’s closed in late February after 13 years in business. It was a popular eating and drinking establishment that was a pioneer in the revitalization of downtown Shelton.

The owners were brothers Danny and Dave Orazietti, who still own the three-story brick building that includes apartments.

Danny Orazietti owns and operates the original Danny O’s Bar & Grille on River Road, a few miles south of the downtown location on Route 110. The original Danny O's remains open. Like Jones, the Oraziettis grew up in Shelton.

Emphasis on food, big TVs

Jones and his partners have said they plan to put more emphasis on food by installing a brick oven pizza and adding more dining tables in the main bar area.

During an earlier interview, they also talked of adding large-screen TVs on the walls and installing a lounge area with reclining chairs to play video games. The original wooden bar that dates back to the 1800s will remain.

The venue has two floors with three indoor bar areas, an outdoor patio in front, and a smaller outdoor patio in the rear on the second floor.

A place with history

Before being restored by the Oraziettis as Downtown Danny O's, the bar had other names — including Sully’s and Rapp’s.

Danny and Dave Orazietti purchased what was “one of the oldest pubs in Connecticut” in 2001, restoring the establishment to its original 19th century look, according a plaque on the outside of the bar and restaurant.