August 22, 2016 12:24PM
By Jesse Buchanan Record-Journal staff
SOUTHINGTON — After three months of renovation, Tavern 42 Burgers Brew & ‘Que opened Monday with American pub favorites and a wide selection of beers.
Barry DePaolo and Cheryl Moran, owners of Anthony Jack’s Restaurant, also run Plantsville’s newest restaurant at 42 W. Main St. It replaced Hearthstone Pub, owned by Dean Michancyzk of the nearby Dean’s Stove and Spa.
DePaolo and Moran removed walls, redecorated and added reclaimed wood to the renovated restaurant. The new, open layout can accommodate more than 150 people on the main floor and more with the addition of patio furniture on a back deck overlooking the Quinnipiac River. There’s also a banquet room upstairs for 150 people and a private event room on the main floor for 30 people.
There aren’t many barbecue options in the area, DePaolo said, and Tavern 42 can offer something uncommon in that area as well classic foods such as burgers, sandwiches, salads and chicken dishes. To accompany the tavern comfort food, DePaolo said the restaurant offers 16 draft beers, another 50 in bottles and cans and wine on tap.
Two residents, Lillian Newell and Lorraine Murphy, along with former Southington resident Annie Alden ate lunch on opening day.
Alden ordered the pulled pork macaroni and cheese and loved it.
“I never overeat. I’m stuffed,” she said. “It’s got to be the signature plate of the restaurant.”
Newell and Murphy ordered sliders and were similarly impressed with the food and service. The two often go to Anthony Jack’s as well.
“Good management here,” Murphy said.
Tavern 42 differs from Anthony Jack’s, which specialized in seafood and steak, as well as DePaolo and Moran’s other venture, the former Bonterra Grill and Pizzeria on Main Street. DePaolo said the couple doesn’t want to just reopen the same types of restaurants.
“We get excited about a concept,” he said.
Michanczyk opened Hearthstone seven years ago in the former Taylor’s Grocery building. He still owns the land and building but leaves the restaurant’s operation to DePaolo and Moran.
Businesses have come and gone in downtown Plantsville – Vnam Kitchen opened in July in the former Greens and Beans location at13 W. Main St. Tavern 42 is the latest addition to the area.
“It’s going to help. It’s going to be a nice piece of the puzzle,” DePaolo said. He described Plantsville as a good location with easy highway access and plenty of traffic.
If you’re interested in stopping by Tavern 42, click here to see the menu.
The restaurant is open starting at 11:30 a.m. daily and closes at midnight on weekdays and 1 a.m. on the weekend.