SOUTHINGTON - The Southington Chamber of Commerce joined Hop Haus in celebrating the completion of a complete remodel and menu change that expands the former bar into a full restaurant with an emphasis on farm-to-table foods and craft beers.
The restaurant opened six years ago at 28 W. Main St. in Plantsville. But those who had only visited it back then would be surprised to see the total renovation it has received. With its wood-paneled walls, lighting updates and more of the original building elements exposed, owner Mike Miller said, it now has a more rustic atmosphere. Manager Katie Kennedy said that the back porch area, added two years ago, was the start of this physical renovation process.
“When we opened six years ago, we were on a limited budget; it’s a totally different experience now,” said Miller. “We appreciate the support of the local community these past six years. At the end of the day, we couldn’t do it without our customers. For those that haven’t seen the new Hop Haus - we have great food and great atmosphere and we hope that you’ll come and enjoy it.”
“This is my first time in here; it looks wonderful,” said Barbara Hekeler, executive director of the Southington Chamber of Commerce. “It has a very cozy, New England feel.”
The hiring of executive chef Jakub Gorgon last year resulted in a completely redone menu.
“We participate in the New England Farm Fresh program,” said Gorgon. “All of our meats, cheeses and dairy products all come from within a 200-mile limit. The focus of the menu is these farm-to-table products.”
Gorgon said people have begun to prefer locally grown products and locally raised meats over food from big distributors.
“People want to support local farms and they want to support local, craft beers rather than going to the package store,” he said. “Over the past three or four years, the craft beer movement has also become huge. There are now more than 100 breweries in the state. Our taps rotate daily with different craft beers.”
Some of the decorations on the walls at Hop Haus include growlers from local breweries. The menu included beers from Alvarium in New Britain, Relic in Plainville and Firefly Hollow in Bristol.
Gorgon said customers have providing good feedback since the changeover.
“They love that our meats we use are raised humanely and not fed hormones and additives,” he said. “It results in better food.”
Hop Haus’ menu also includes non-alcoholic drinks, such as Rebel Dog coffee from Plainville. Food offerings have options for vegetarians, vegans and people with other special dietary needs.
Visitors to Hop Haus can also enjoy an area with family-friendly games such as Connect4 and Jenga. Jazz nights are held on the first and third Sunday of every month.
For more information, visit HopHausCraftBeer.com or call 860-276-9326.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.