PLAINVILLE — Touting almost 30 beers on tap and American fare sourced from local farms, the Plantsville-based Hop Häus is planning to open a second location in downtown Plainville this spring.
The new restaurant will be located at 24 Whiting St., formerly the home of Trenta Tavern, and will feature an outdoor patio, banquet hall and indoor seating for between 250 and 300 customers, according to owner Michael Miller.
Hiring between 14 and 18 new employees is the main hurdle he still has to clear, but Miller hopes to hold a grand opening for the second location in mid to late March.
Expanding at a time when many restaurants are still suffering the effects of the coronavirus
pandemic, Miller credits Hop Häus’ success to its slate of Connecticut-brewed beers and the careful attention paid to keeping its customers safe from exposure to the virus.
“Hop Häus has grown pretty well over this year, being known for its great food and we take safety seriously as far as corona,” he said, adding some customers have told him they feel safer there than any of restaurants they frequent.
The new location will keep the same menu, hours and specials for lunch and happy hour that the Southington location offers, and will also be opening around the same time that Miller enters a partnership with the Twelve Percent Brewing Project. The North Haven based brewery began as an import and distribution business over a decade ago before purchasing its own brewing equipment last year.
To celebrate the Plainville location’s grand opening, Miller is planning a five course dinner in the banquet hall paired with beers from the Twelve Percent Brewing Project, which will be helping him expand his restaurants’ tap list.
Hop Häus opened in Southington around seven years ago as a craft beer bar specializing in beers from local breweries and has transitioned into a full restaurant over the past three years.
“I just felt it was important to have good quality food while drinking beer,” Miller said.
Preparing the new location for opening has been helped along by extensive renovations the building underwent before opening as Trenta Tavern in late 2019, according to Plainville Economic Development Director Cal Hauburger. The tavern closed its doors around the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
Hop Häus’ strong reputation paired with the central location in town will provide exposure for the surrounding businesses, Hauburger said.
“It brings some more vibrancy, it gives another reason for people to come to the downtown area,” he said.
Having already applied for a liquor license and more permits in the works with the town, Hauburger believes Miller is in shape to meet his goal of opening in March, barring any pandemic disruptions.
Miller said he was disappointed Trenta Tavern was unable to survive the economic shutdown at the start of the pandemic, especially so soon after opening, but is excited to be able to add to the downtown community.
“The town of Plainville is great; they welcomed us with open arms. I'm really looking forward to being part of Plainville. It seems like a really good town,” he said.