Owner of Hop Haus in Southington plans to reopen Tuesday afternoon after car drove through restaurant

Owner of Hop Haus in Southington plans to reopen Tuesday afternoon after car drove through restaurant


SOUTHINGTON — The owner of Hop Haus in Plantsville says he hopes to reopen Tuesday after a car drove into the restaurant early Sunday.

Hop Haus closed at 1 a.m. Sunday and the staff was out of the building by 1:30 a.m., owner Michael Miller said Monday. If the building was occupied when the car went through the wall, Miller said, there could have been serious injuries.

About 2:25 a.m. Sunday, police responded to the West Main Street restaurant for a report of a crash, said Lt. Stephen Elliott. Nathan Cannon, 22, of Bristol, was driving a Volkswagen Jetta west on West Main Street when he left the road and drove into the east side of the building. No injuries were reported. The crash is under investigation. No charges had been filed as of Monday.

The building inspector closed the restaurant and SoulSpace, a yoga studio on the second floor, until the hole in the wall could be repaired. Miller said the hole was repaired and the building was deemed safe on Monday, though there were still interior repairs to be completed. He plans to reopen at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Miller said the car went through the exterior brick wall and damaged furniture and the bar. A crew of about 10 people were working to repair the restaurant and wall Sunday and Monday, he said.

Miller estimated the repairs will cost between $10,000 and $15,000. In addition, Miller said he lost a few thousand dollars in revenue from being closed Sunday and Monday.

Hop Haus, located at 22 West Main St., has been open for three and a half years. Miller said there have been past incidents of vehicles coming through the intersection of West Main and South Main streets and striking cars in the parking lot. Miller said a guardrail at the intersection might help prevent future incidents.

“Southington is a pretty safe, well run town,” Miller said. “I am very happy to do business in Southington.”

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