PLAINVILLE - As a result of their continued success, Rebel Dog and JV‚Äôs Taproom are remodeling and rebranding as ‚ÄúThe Tavern at Rebel Dog,‚ÄĚ which will feature an expanded menu.
Kaitlin Higgins, marketing and communications manager with Rebel Dog, at 393 Farmington Ave., said that the restaurant and bar side, JV‚Äôs Taproom, will be closing for renovations Sunday, Dec. 22. They have tentative plans to reopen on Jan 8. The coffee shop will remain open during this time, during which the dividing wall between the sections will be taken down.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôre bringing everything together under the Rebel Dog brand,‚ÄĚ she said. ‚ÄúWe have been really successful since we first opened Feb. 7, 2017, and we recently expanded to a second at 345 Colt Highway in Farmington in March of this year. That brought in a whole new clientele.‚ÄĚ
Higgins said that customers enjoy the ‚Äúaccommodating and friendly‚ÄĚ staff, whom she said prioritize remembering customers and their orders and building relationships with the community. She also credits having an extensive lunch and dinner menu as another reason for Rebel Dog‚Äôs success. She said that Rebel Dog was Plainville‚Äôs first specialty coffee shop and thus offered a unique place for the community to come to eat and enjoy a cup of coffee.
‚ÄúWe have sandwiches and eggs Benedict which are good portions for fair pricing,‚ÄĚ she said. ‚ÄúWhile some coffee shops only have pastries, you can come here, have a good cup of coffee and have a substantial meal.‚ÄĚ
JV‚Äôs Taproom, which opened around the same time as Rebel Dog, also offers steaks and pizza cooked in a wood-fired oven. When the two sides of the restaurant combine to become ‚ÄúThe Tavern at Rebel Dog,‚ÄĚ the menu will be keeping popular menu items, but also adding specials from the former ‚ÄúConfetti!‚ÄĚ restaurant, which is where Rebel Dog is now located. Peter Lemnotis, the former owner of ‚ÄúConfetti!‚ÄĚ now co-owns Rebel Dog with Harrison Poltorak.
‚Äú‚ÄėConfetti!‚Äô was a very popular restaurant and this will be a chance for people who remember it to enjoy some nostalgic dishes,‚ÄĚ said Higgins. ‚ÄúWe will also have an all-day ‚Äėhappy hour‚Äô from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., a revamped cocktail menu, an appetizer menu, fried chicken entrees, tacos and cold brew with braised ribs.‚ÄĚ
Rebel Dog will be bringing in Tommy Gale as restaurant and bar manager. He is a past owner of Present Company restaurant in Tariffville, Rooster Company in Newington and Bricco Restaurant in West Hartford. Higgins said that with his past experience, Rebel Dog will have an ‚Äúall-star‚ÄĚ team.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs a minor change that will improve the business using the strength of the Rebel Dog brand,‚ÄĚ said Poltorak.
Poltorak added that Rebel Dog is also preparing to open a third location in East Hartford in fall 2020.
Rebel Dog‚Äôs Plainville location is open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For more information, call Rebel Dog at 860-992-2168 or visit rebeldogcoffeeco.com or facebook.com/Rebeldogcoffeeco.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or email@example.com.