SOUTHINGTON – Que restaurant is slated for its grand opening Wednesday on Queen Street, offering barbecue, whiskey and an inviting atmosphere, according to the Hartford Restaurant Group.
It’s in the totally renovated former TD Homer’s location but restaurant group officials say the interior will be barely recognizable to patrons of the former business.
Elaine Ducharme, the restaurant designer, said interior walls have been removed to create more openness. She chose the décor and aesthetic, which includes wood panel walls, factory carts for tables and antique lighting over the bar.
“It’s a very rustic industrial feel inside,” Ducharme said.
While most barbecue restaurants are fast casual, she hopes Que will have an inviting atmosphere that’ll encourage guests to stay longer, play games and relax with friends.
“Here we’re inviting people to come in and enjoy and savor the flavor that took so long to create,” Ducharme said.
The restaurant has a charity event scheduled for tonightbut will open to the public on Wednesday at 4 p.m., according to Guest Services Director Jennifer Lamantini.
Hartford Restaurant Group owns Wood-n-Tap Bar and Grill across the street, but Lamantini and Ducharme said the two restaurants complement each other. Que offers comfort food and a large selection of whiskeys and bourbons, Ducharme said.
TD Homer’s closed two years ago and restaurant group leaders considered what to put in the location.
“We wanted something different,” Lamantini said. “We really liked the idea of BBQ and the whole whiskey bar scene.”
Que will have more than 350 bottles of bourbon and whiskey, one of the largest selections in the state, according to Ducharme.
In the summer, garage and side doors at the restaurant will be opened so that dining can flow from the interior to the outdoor patio.
“It’ll be more of an open air feel in the summer,” Ducharme said.
Hartford Restaurant Group owns Wood-n-Tap Bar and Grill locations across the state.
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