NEW BRITAIN – Tenants in the 222 on Main building will be joined by a new, modern dining hall called The Assembly Room in the coming weeks.
“It’s industrial and trendy-level retail space with a unique scratch kitchen food concept,” said Daniel Czyzewski, the owner of 222 on Main. “The idea behind it is to create a night life and to diversify the options because there are no bar and restaurant options in downtown. So, we wanted to give options to people in the up-and-coming area.”
The 7,500-square-foot space will include five quick service restaurants which include Creole BBQ, a Louisiana-style barbecue restaurant owned by Vincent Placeres, who also owns three MofonGo Puerto Rican restaurants in New Britain, Windsor and in Parkville Market. Nikko, a sushi spot which will sell salad and ceviche, is another option, owned by Africa Vargas. There will also be an eatery that combines the menus of three stalls of Hartford’s Parkville Market: Fowl Play, Las Tortas MX and Burrito Loko, owned by Enrique and Julie Rodriguez.
The spot will also include a creative cocktail bar called The Industrial, owned by brothers Andres and Marlon Soriano; a café named Miel, owned by Humberto Ontiveros. There will also be lounge areas within the space with pool tables and a small event room space.
“There is a patio area that is coming soon, and public parking will be located in the city garages,” Czyzewski said.
The Assembly Room will be open to the public.
“The amenities are primarily for the residents in the building,” Czyzewski said. “But everything else is primarily for the community and the outskirts of New Britain as well.”
The opening date is tentative at the moment, but it will be relatively soon.
“Downtown New Britain is experiencing a renaissance and is quickly becoming a bustling hub of economic activity,” Mayor Erin Stewart said. “The Assembly Room provides a modern space in one of downtown’s newest apartment buildings for residents and visitors alike to have fun and connect as a community.”
The historic five-story warehouse building was converted into 44 luxurious apartment units on the top floors.
“We started working on this about three months ago for the commercial space,” Czyzewski said. “The residential space was completely occupied about six months ago and now the building is fully 100% occupied on both the residential and commercial side.”