Hartford Restaurant Group Restaurants Ready to Reopen

May 13 Take-Out Begins, May 20 Patio Dining Slated

Wood-n-Tap restaurants will reopen with take-out and curbside service beginning on Wednesday, May 13, with outdoor dining scheduled to begin on May 20.

“We will begin take-out service at four of our restaurants on May 13 to get them up and running as we prepare to open again,” announced Hartford Restaurant Group co-founder and co-partner Phil Barnett. “We have been waiting a long time to open our doors again and we are ready.”

Pick-up curbside services will be offered at Hartford Restaurant Group’s Wood-n-Tap locations in Farmington, Southington, Rocky Hill and Newington.

“We have patios at every restaurant except Wallingford and we are bringing a tent in there in order to meet the state’s ‘outdoor dining only’ criteria,” said Barnett. He noted staff have been busy getting patio areas ready and taking advantage of outdoor space already established at each location, including the riverside terrace at its Farmington location on the Farmington River.

Under the state’s guidelines, restaurants must establish proper social distancing, outdoor dining only, and adhere to a list of other preventative guidelines including limited capacity, masks, gloves , paper menus and sanitizing measures like wiping down tables and chairs between seatings.

“We now there will be a new normal when it comes to dining this month, but me, my partner and co-founder Mike Hamlin, and our incredible staff are busy working on getting all the things done to get our take-out underway this week, and our patios for next week,” said Barnett. He notes that staff has undergone special training, kitchens have been stocked and health and safety safeguards put in place.

“It’s tough but we get it,” said Barnett. “Mike and I want to open the right way and make sure that our guests can dine knowing it is as safe and clean as possible.”

The restaurants will be modifying menus slightly for the next several weeks, Barnett said, noting however that guest favorites including signature nachos, housemade soups, seasonal specials as well as craft cocktails will still be featured.

“This is a tough time for all restaurants,” admitted Barnett, whose restaurants have been closed since early March. “But we promise that on May 20 it will still be an upbeat “Come As you Are” experience,” he said, referring to the Wood-n-Tap well-known casual dining slogan. “We are still here to make your dining experience special with great food and beverages, and a vibe we have been missing as much as our guests,” he said. We can’t wait to see you.”