The Lab @ Kraftwich offering a variety of modern, fresh takes of popular foods

Published on Wednesday, 29 June 2022 10:30


SOUTHINGTON – The Lab @ Kraftwich has opened in Factory Square, offering a variety of modern, fresh takes on a number of popular foods.

The Lab @ Kraftwich, located in Unit 107 of the Factory Square building at 168 Center St., opened this past Friday. The business employs six people and is co-owned by Larry Tapley and James Brown, whose wife Kelly also works there. Together, they operated a popular food truck for more than a year before deciding to open a store location.

“We thought that this would give us a better opportunity to offer more options for food,” said Tapley. “We were drawn to this area because it is really an up and coming part of downtown. A lot of businesses are popping up they all help support each other. It’s like a self-sustaining ecosystem. We even have an option for a QR code that people can scan while they’re at Witch Doctor Brewery, GameCraft Arcade or Montana Nights Axe Throwing and we’ll bring your food right over.”

Tapley said that Kraftwich is known for its ever-changing menu, which includes creative twists on classic food like sandwiches, macaroni and cheese, burgers and grilled cheese sandwiches.

“We offer breakfast, lunch and dinner and every week we update our menu,” Tapley said. “We take a lot of the nostalgic food that people grew up with and modernize it. Like, right now, we have a grilled cheese sandwich with marinated steak tips, mushrooms and onions. We like to use a lot of local ingredients, so we can have the freshest food possible. We’ve had people tell us that they like some things even more than grandma’s recipe.”

Kraftwich also continues to operate its food truck, which makes two to three stops around the state each week.

“We cater a lot of events, private parties and weddings,” said Tapley.

Going forward, Tapley hopes to grow the number of Kraftwich food trucks to bring their food to more of the state.

For more information, including menu items and hours, visit or call 860-637-8818.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, Southington Herald on Wednesday, 29 June 2022 10:30. Updated: Wednesday, 29 June 2022 10:33.