SOUTHINGTON - The Southington Chamber of Commerce celebrated the grand opening of Shermanâ€™s Taphouse restaurant on Center Street Thursday, which specializes in having lots of local craft beers on tap and a wide variety of food.
The restaurant is co-owned by Sean Sherman, who was formerly a manager at J. Timothyâ€™s Taverne in Plainville, and his wife Leigh Ann Sherman. They first moved into the space at 25 Center St., which was formerly Frostyâ€™s, Jan. 2 of this year and then set to work renovating to create a laid back, relaxing atmosphere.
The restaurant features soft lighting, walls decorated with logos from local breweries and wooden signs with sayings like â€śnothing brings people together like good food.â€ť
â€śI love the restaurant business,â€ť said Sean Sherman, â€śItâ€™s very rewarding - I love interacting with people and I like to provide them with a good experience and a fun time so that they come back again and again.â€ť
The restaurant has 36 taps, 25 of which Sean Sherman said would be rotating between a variety of area brews. While enjoying their drinks, customers can choose from a menu that includes soft shell tacos, nachos, burgers, steak, salmon, coconut curry mussels and more.
â€śOur chef, James Brown, or as we call him J.B., is top notch and he put together an incredible menu of flavors,â€ť said Sherman.
Since the restaurant had its soft opening in March, Sean Sherman said that business has been â€śvery good.â€ť
â€śWeâ€™ve had a good response and our feedback has been overwhelmingly positive,â€ť said Sherman. â€śIn our first month I saw some of the same people in here a half-dozen times, many of them bringing large groups of friends.â€ť
Sherman said he â€śjumpedâ€ť at the opportunity to open a business on Center Street, which he said is a â€śremarkable streetâ€ť home to a lot of local eateries.
â€śSouthington promotes, helps to develop and supports its businesses like no other community,â€ť he added. â€śThe town and the chamber were very helpful. They went out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed. I know Iâ€™ve seen a few people from the town and chamber coming here since, which means a lot to me.â€ť
Dawn Miceli, chair of the chamberâ€™s Board of Directors and a Town Council member, said that Shermanâ€™s Taphouse is â€śawesomeâ€ť and has â€śgreat visibility from the town green.â€ť
â€śIt really lends itself to downtown and it has been picked since day one,â€ť she said. â€śI find Sean to be personable and affable. He gets that weâ€™re a community and what we have to do to succeed in a community. I know that his business will be successful and fruitful.â€ť
Town Councilor John Barry and Council Chair Chris Palmieri also attended the opening and welcomed the Shermans to town.
â€śItâ€™s phenomenal,â€ť said Palmieri. â€śAny time we can have a business come into a former space and bring it new life is great. They have done a great job renovating the space and there is great ambiance in here. I think it will be highly successful.â€ť
Barry said that he is â€śvery impressedâ€ť with the restaurant.
â€śItâ€™s packed every day after 5 p.m.,â€ť he said. â€śThe service is phenomenal and the owner is very easy to talk to. I was certainly very satisfied and I think it will be very successful. Iâ€™m pleased with the chamber for reaching out and welcoming them to our community.â€ť
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or email@example.com.