SOUTHINGTON — A local builder and landscaper is planning a restaurant and adjacent tattoo studio for a building he’s renovating on Eden Avenue.
Darryl DeSorbo and Bill Edgerly are partners in 3D Restaurant and Bar. DeSorbo is also partnering with Kriserik Mogensen on the adjacent Studio Think Tattoo Art Gallery.
The two businesses are planned for the building formerly occupied by Greers & Beers.
DeSorbo said he’s planning a major renovation to the building, which has been mostly the same through several previous tenants. He’s leasing the building for 12 years.
“You’re going to be able to sit in the restaurant and see the tattooing,” DeSorbo said.
On Wednesday, DeSorbo and his relatives were cleaning out the building in preparation for work to begin. The dining room side of the former restaurant will become Studio Think, while the bar area will be converted to 3D, which stands for dine, drink and dance.
DeSorbo hopes to open in time for the Apple Harvest Festival this fall.
“We would love it. If it doesn’t, we aren’t going to rush a good thing,” he said.
While the two businesses will be separate, the owners are leaving glass in the dividing wall so that patrons of one business can see into the other.
“We’ve seen this concept in a couple of places in California, in Vegas,” DeSorbo said. “We’re going to make it a lot different than just a tattoo studio.”
Greers & Beers closed in February after less than a year in business. It was an offshoot of the popular Greers Chicken stand in Bristol.
J. Lynn Harvest Pub opened at the Eden Avenue location in 2013, replacing Spice Bar and Grill.
DeSorbo received restaurant and patio liquor permits from the Zoning Board of Appeals earlier this month.
During that meeting, board member Matt O’Keefe asked DeSorbo about entertainment, which may include bands some nights. The board limited the restaurant’s music to five acoustical pieces.
Louis Martocchio, a local attorney and owner of the former clothing shop at 1 Eden Ave. across the street, said he’s hopeful for that section of downtown. He’s considering what to do with his building and has commissioned architectural plans.
Just behind his property, crews are working on a 64-unit, three-story condominium building on Forgione Drive.
"It's certainly going to jump start the Eden Avenue area," he said.