Plan B to open in Southington, CT!

We’re Bringing Burgers, Beer & Bourbon to Southington

We will be opening our newest location at 20 Spring Street in Southington in the old Bertucci’s building this Winter! The restaurant is located immediately off the Queen Street exit of I-84, making it an extremely desirable location.

Renovations and construction are underway with February of 2020 as the target opening date. We will begin the hiring process for 50 – 60 new jobs to fully staff the restaurant, which is 5,018 square feet. The new layout will seat approximately 150 people with a lively bar area and ample seating in the dining room. The design will integrate a mix of locally sourced reclaimed lumber and modern elements like gleaming, meat hook light fixtures.

Our founder and CEO, Allie J. Gamble says, “We like to build relationships with local farms, businesses and breweries, because we believe in supporting and growing with our communities. Of course, the produce is always fresher, the beer has a regional flavor and making new connections is just a win-win. This location will offer new specialty items that our other Plan b’s scratch kitchens don’t feature, such as home-made wood fired pizzas like we do at Butchers & Bakers.  Good times – Made locally is what we believe, that’s why each Plan b location provides a unique dining experience.”

“We’re proud to offer high quality food with approachable pricing that compliments the current offerings in the Southington area. Our award-winning burgers are what we’re really known for and that starts with using only the best ingredients,” says Shawn M. Skehan, co-founder of Locals 8 Restaurant Group.

This location will feature our signature all-American craft beer, artisanal bourbon, and of course, our famous burgers in an upbeat, casual, neighborhood environment.

Locals 8 Partners with Narragansett Beer to Support Foodshare

November 9, 2018 – Locals 8 is proud to partner with Narragansett Brewing Company this holiday season to give back to the communities it serves. From now until December 31, a portion of proceeds from every Narragansett Lager purchased at any b Restaurant in Connecticut, will be given to Foodshare, the Feeding America food bank serving Connecticut’s Hartford and Tolland counties, where 121,000 people struggle with hunger.

Locals 8 is hosting a food drive of non-perishable food items that will be delivered to Foodshare before Thanksgiving. On Giving Tuesday, November 27, a team of Locals 8 employees will volunteer at Foodshare’s sorting facilities in Bloomfield and Hartford, followed by a Narragansett Tap Takeover at b Glastonbury from 6pm-8pm. The promotion will conclude with a check presentation to Foodshare in January.

“Foodshare is so grateful to Locals 8 and Narraganset for supporting us this holiday season. There are more than 121,000 people in our area who are food insecure and every dollar we raise will help provide them an average of 2.5 meals. This is a very generous promotion – especially at this time of the year,” said Jason Jakubowski, President and CEO, Foodshare.

“At Locals 8, we always support our local New England breweries, so teaming up with Narragansett was an easy decision. Together, we can help to provide meals to our neighbors in need this Thanksgiving, through our support of Foodshare’s mission. It’s something that we’re really proud of,” says Kevin Watson, Vice President of Operations, Locals 8.

About Locals 8
Formally established in 2008 in Hartford, CT, the Locals 8 Restaurant Group is the award-winning holding company of b Restaurants, (formerly known as Plan B Burger Bar), The Half Door, Tisane Euro Asian Cafe and most recently, Butchers & Bakers. Winners of best burger, beer, and bourbon across four states and nationally known for excellent job creation, the company was founded on the simple belief that good food and drink bring people together – and the world needs more connection.

About Narragansett Brewing Company
Narragansett Beer…Brewed since 1890. ‘Gansett is a straightforward, quality beer that has been a New England tradition for generations, producing a classic family of award-winning American lagers & ales. Today, ‘Gansett is produced in Pawtucket, R.I and in Rochester, N.Y., and is one of America’s top 50 regional brewers and the fastest-growing in the Northeast. Narragansett is available for purchase in local restaurants, bars, and liquor stores throughout New England, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Virginia, Portland, Ore. and Nashville and Chattanooga, Tenn.

About Foodshare
Foodshare is leading an informed, coordinated response to hunger in our community. Foodshare is the Feeding America food bank serving Connecticut’s Hartford and Tolland counties, where 121,000 people struggle with hunger. In partnership with the food industry, donors, community leaders and volunteers, Foodshare works to maximize access to nutritious food and other resources that support food security. Last year, Foodshare distributed nearly 12 million meals worth of food to a network of 300 local food pantries, meal programs, and Mobile Foodshare sites. And, because hunger is more than food, Foodshare collaborates with anti-hunger organizations, policy makers, and the broader community to build effective solutions to end hunger. Foodshare is changing what it means to be a food bank. For more information, visit www.foodshare.org, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Burgers, Buds, and Baseball

This summer, we’re partnering with our friends at Budweiser to support Folds of Honor, a veteran’s charity that provides scholarships to the families of fallen and disabled veterans. When Budweiser offered us the opportunity to support a charitable initiative on a larger scale, we were 100% on board. Through its “Proud to Serve Those Who Serve” campaign, Budweiser is donating half a million dollars to veteran’s charities this summer, bringing their total since 2011 to over $14 million. Much of that donation is coming through strategic partnerships with hospitality companies like ours.

This partnership includes a donation for each case of Budweiser we sell, as well as co-branded Americana-style t-shirts we’re selling for $20 with 100% of the proceeds going to the charity.

In addition to the donations coming from the restaurants, we wanted to do something special for our local veterans. We figured there’s nothing more American than baseball, so we decided to host a “Vets Day Out at the Ball Park”.  The veterans were nominated for the event by friends and family members.

On Sunday, May 6, the vets and guests enjoyed a pre-game lunch at our sister restaurant – Butchers & Bakers – and headed to at Dunkin Donuts park in Hartford to watch the Yard Goats take on the Portland Sea Dogs. One of our veterans, Brendan Boyle even threw out one of the first pitches! Despite starting off the day with rain, we were lucky enough to have clear skies for the game.

Even though they served in different branches of the military and came from different generations, there was a sense of true comradery among the veterans, and we were honored to be a part of it.

Learn more about Folds of Honor at www.foldsofhonor.com

 

Made in America: b Restaurants and Salute American Vodka

In keeping with our commitment to using American-made and especially locally-made products, we decided to feature Branford-based Salute American Vodka in three of the cocktails on our updated Drink List, and in three additional cocktails on our Sunday Brunch Menu.

After our first meeting with Salute earlier this year, the fit between our companies was clear. Salute American Vodka’s mission “to support veterans and other heroes as they work to further their careers, start small businesses, and achieve the American dream” struck a chord with our own entrepreneurial spirit. The first dollar of every bottle sold goes to support organizations that award scholarship money, laptops, work-related equipment and vehicles, provide job opportunities and more to veterans throughout the U.S. “Our country doesn’t do enough for veterans,” company President John Niekrash said. “If the government isn’t going to do it here, we are going to.”

In addition to being distilled and bottled in Rochester, NY, the company uses corn and wheat grains grown in the U.S. Even the labels and the bottles (which are modeled after World War II standard issue GI canteens) are manufactured in New Jersey. The 80-proof vodka, which is distilled four times for a smooth taste is the perfect base for cocktails like the “Made in America” – Salute American Vodka and hand-crafted Rosemary Lemonade.

Photo Credit: Ronnie Newton, we-ha.com

We are excited to be working with Salute and we hope you’ll enjoy drinking it at our restaurants! Keep an eye out for the company’s iconic logo RV. It’s already made stops at several of our locations – including the fitting “Taste like ‘Merica BBQ” held at Butchers & Bakers in July. We are looking to involve Salute in several of our upcoming events and company initiatives, so stay tuned for that as well!

Photo Credit: Ronnie Newton, we-ha.com

Our partnership was also profiled on we-ha.com:

http://we-ha.com/west-hartford-business-owners-salute-veterans-patriotic-spirits-company/

About Salute American Vodka:

Salute American Vodka was founded in 2012 and officially launched in 2013. In the first month after launching, the company contributed $25,000 to Work Vessels for Veterans to support a veteran starting a blueberry farm in Florida. In June 2016, the brand was acquired by Handcrafted Brands of Branford, Conn. The vodka is bottled and distilled in Rochester, N.Y. For more information about the brand and its impact, visit: www.saluteamerican.com.

 

A Message from the Owners

We are thrilled to introduce our new company blog! We will be using this forum to give our friends and customers the inside track on how we got here, what’s happening now, and our vision for the future. Our path to twelve restaurants (nine b Restaurants, Tisane, The Half Door, and Butchers & Bakers) has been an unexpected one, highlighted by amazing people, fantastic food, and memorable escapades, and more new adventures are just ahead.

Our vision has always been a simple one. We want to create spaces where people from many different backgrounds and experiences can come together and form an impromptu community. Nothing makes us happier than to walk into one of our restaurants and see someone in a suit talking to someone right off the construction site and sharing ideas, perspectives and maybe a drink or two.

As we look towards the future, we are always working to bring our customers the latest in both food and beverage. From the “Backyard BBQ” menu featured at b Restaurants this month to learning how to make the best pizza crust on the East Coast, to serving Moscow Mules and wine on tap, we keep striving to give our patrons the most unique and memorable experiences possible. But even as we innovate, we are always firmly rooted in our mission of “growing, while staying local”.

These blog entries will be published monthly and will give our community a different insight into our company and its culture. You will hear from our culinary team, our beverage director, the marketing department, from restaurant employees at all levels, and hopefully some of you! We encourage all of you to submit your own ideas for future blog posts.

This blog was eleven years in the making and we are excited to have a more direct means of communicating to those who share our interests. Thank you for taking the time to get to know us and our company better.

That’s enough for now, but we hope you’ll come back to the site soon and see what we are up to.

Al Gamble
Shawn Skehan