SOUTHINGTON — While trying the many drafts available at Witchdoctor Brewing’s outdoor dining area, patrons can now also grab a bite to eat courtesy of Paul Gregory’s Bistro Cafe next door.
Breweries and wineries were allowed to open May 20 under the governor’s guidelines for outdoor dining, however, they are required to offer food. Witchdoctor Brewing has worked with Paul Gregory’s Bistro Cafe in the past and decided to partner with them on a special pub menu.
“It just seemed like a pretty easy decision,” bar manager Mike See said. “(It) helps her out with her capacity need and helps us out with the whole food being available need.”
The menu includes paninis, salads, pulled-pork sliders, spinach artichoke dip, mozzarella sticks, onion rings, fries and lobster roll.
“We wanted to give everyone a variety to choose from,” said Theresa Malloy, co-owner of Paul Gregory’s, noting there are vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options, too.
Some Paul Gregory staff cooks in the brewery’s kitchen.
As neighbors in downtown, the two establishments have worked together in the past, with Paul Gregory’s catering special events or providing cold refreshments for bar patrons, like homemade chips, meat and cheese cups, hummus cups, and snack mix.
See and Malloy both said outdoor seating has been going well so far.
“I feel like as much as people need to be safe, they also need a little bit of freedom for their mental health,” See said. “It’s great to see some people being more comfortable.”
Malloy said this past weekend even felt like a weekend they would have had before the pandemic.
“Everything’s all weather dependent … Overall it hasn’t been bad at all, there’s still a couple days that are nice,” Malloy said. “We’re pleased with how it’s been going so far.”
The Paul Gregory menu will be available for the foreseeable future.