SOUTHINGTON – The Southington Chamber of Commerce celebrated the grand opening of Sherman’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. Timothy’s Taverne in Plainville, and his wife Leigh Ann Sherman. They first moved into the space at 25 Center St., which was formerly Frosty’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 “nothing brings people together like good food.”
“I love the restaurant business,” said Sean Sherman, “It’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.”
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.
“Our chef, James Brown, or as we call him J.B., is top notch and he put together an incredible menu of flavors,” said Sherman.
Since the restaurant had its soft opening in March, Sean Sherman said that business has been “very good.”
“We’ve had a good response and our feedback has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Sherman. “In our first month I saw some of the same people in here a half-dozen times, many of them bringing large groups of friends.”
Sherman said he “jumped” at the opportunity to open a business on Center Street, which he said is a “remarkable street” home to a lot of local eateries.
“Southington promotes, helps to develop and supports its businesses like no other community,” he added. “The town and the chamber were very helpful. They went out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed. I know I’ve seen a few people from the town and chamber coming here since, which means a lot to me.”
Dawn Miceli, chair of the chamber’s Board of Directors and a Town Council member, said that Sherman’s Taphouse is “awesome” and has “great visibility from the town green.”
“It really lends itself to downtown and it has been picked since day one,” she said. “I find Sean to be personable and affable. He gets that we’re a community and what we have to do to succeed in a community. I know that his business will be successful and fruitful.”
Town Councilor John Barry and Council Chair Chris Palmieri also attended the opening and welcomed the Shermans to town.
“It’s phenomenal,” said Palmieri. “Any 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.”
Barry said that he is “very impressed” with the restaurant.
“It’s packed every day after 5 p.m.,” he said. “The 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. I’m pleased with the chamber for reaching out and welcoming them to our community.”
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.