The Beginning

The Wood-n-Tap is truly a Connecticut original. The three partners of this locally-owned restaurant group met in Connecticut in the mid-'90s. Phil Barnett attended CCSU and spent his college days working at Joe’s Bar and Grill and renting an apartment from Mike Hamlin. And it was Mike Hamlin who lured Kenny McAvoy away from On The Border in Orange to help this team found the original Wood-N-Tap in Hartford in 2002.

Each of the partners of the Wood-N-Tap brought a skill to the table. Mike Hamlin's interest in real estate and construction are the key to finding suitable locations and transforming the restaurant. Phil Barnett's marketing expertise has made the Wood-N-Tap group one of the most visible restaurants in Connecticut. Kenny McAvoy manages the daily restaurant operations. Since the beginning, the success of the restaurant has been based on this formula.

Since the original Wood-N-Tap opened on Sisson Avenue in Hartford in 2002, the team has opened locations in Farmington, Southington, Rocky Hill, Vernon, Orange, Wallingford and Hamden. The Wood-N-Tap group has partnered with local restaurateurs to open both Agave Grill (Hartford) and TD Homer's Grill in Southington.