WOOD-N-TAP BAR & GRILL

About Us

If you're really into homemade beeswax candles, this is the place for you. Come to think of it, if you're trying to single-handedly bring back leg warmers, aspire to be a professional skeet shooter or used to date the bassist in a Foreigner cover band, you'll like it here, too.

Because we've worked hard to create a place where just about everyone feels like they belong. Well, everyone except people who say "yellow" when they answer the phone.

So all you wonderful individuals out there, come for business lunches, happy hours or romantic dinners. Come for the big game, the company party or no particular reason at all. Come for beer and wine, wings and ribs, pizza and pasta, steaks and burgers. Come and surf the web with one hand while dipping a sweet potato fry in sugar maple icing with the other. Just remember... whatever you do... Come as you are!

The Beginning

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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. 

 

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