SOUTHINGTON — Jennifer DiLungo has owned 16 Eden Ave. since it was the site of Spice Bar and Grill, and now has decided to start a restaurant and bar of her own on the premises. J. Lynn’s Harvest Pub will open Wednesday.
DiLungo said the atmosphere she wants to create is one of a “family style pub.”
The interior design of the building is evenly split between its bar and restaurant area. “We want to try to increase our restaurant side,” she said.
Southington Chamber of Commerce President Art Secondo said DiLungo would apply “a woman’s touch” to the location. He lauded her enthusiasm and plans for the restaurant.
Economic Development Coordinator Louis A. Perillo agreed. “We’re happy that she’s taking over the spot,” he said.
Every month the pub will have a harvest menu, featuring dishes made from crops grown locally, DiLungo said. Desserts will be homemade.
Even though she plans to emphasize food, J. Lynn’s will have 24 draft beers and host live entertainment on weekends, DiLungo said.
DiLungo was attracted to the refurbished downtown. “They’re trying to make it more appealing to a high-end crowd,” she said.
The pub will be a complement to the dining and entertainment district, Perillo said. Increasing the variety of food options will attract more diners and boost business for all downtown restaurants.
DiLungo hopes to receive her provisional liquor license by Wednesday. If not, the pub will temporarily open as a “BYOB” establishment.
She eventually wants to add a catering business. For the time being though, she is focused on making J. Lynn’s Harvest Pub a success.
“I feel very positive about it doing well,” she said.