SOUTHINGTON – Hop Knot, which specialized in craft brews and gourmet pretzels, closed recently according to Economic Development Director Lou Perillo III, though owners may be seeking a new franchisee.
Perillo, whose family owns the property at 1169 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike, said that Hop Knot shut its doors two weeks ago. However, it doesn’t necessarily mean the end of the business. Their lease is not up for another three years.
“The owner, Mike Boney, told me that he is selling the franchise and that there is a holding period,” he said. “He told me that he is trying to find a new franchisee to come in. His business is closed pending a re-opening with a new franchisee.”
Boney could not be reached for comment.
Hop Knot celebrated its Grand Opening in town in Sept. 2017. The owners previously worked at the location in Middletown, and came to the Southington location as an expansion. Hop Knot is part of a franchise and there are locations at 170 Main St. in Middletown, 625 Middle Turnpike in Storrs and 1000 Elm St. in Manchester, New Hampshire.
“Southington has a lot of food and a lot of stuff going on and we decided we were up for the challenge to see how we’d do in another environment,” said John Schauster, who was a co-owner at the time that the Southington location opened with Boney and Anthony Calmusa. “This is a nice, busy strip and we’ve heard a lot from local people who were excited to see us open.”
On Aug. 26, Hop Knot’s Middletown location posted the following message on their Facebook page:
“We have a franchise opportunity right here in CT ready to go. If you are interested in owning a Hop Knot with minimal investment contact us immediately.”
People were directed to email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Hop Knot’s Southington had 24 taps with beers from Backeast Brewing Company, City Steam and local breweries. They offered traditional, salted, non-stuffed pretzels as well as stuffed pretzels, dessert pretzels and sandwiches on pretzel bread.
Schauster said around the time that Hop Knot opened that some of the more popular offerings included Italian stuffed pepperoni and mozzarella and Asiago Parmesan.
The bar was renovated with a “hip casual” design, which Schauster said was intended to be “rustic and comfortable.” Patrons were also able to play a collection of board games while they were there.
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