Are you looking for a place to grab a bite to eat this weekend while enjoying a game on a big flatscreen TV?
Well, there’s a new business in downtown Naugatuck where you can do just that.
The Pour House Sports Tavern at 175 Church St. has been open for business since the beginning of the month. So far, business is good. The owners, Samantha and Richard Caron, hope to lure sports aficionados and families looking for a good meal at a reasonable price.
The Carons also have teamed up with owner Matt Ensero of Wing It On! of Waterbury. Thus, The Pour House offers a variety of about 20 different flavors of wings, and they have a wide array of 22 beers on tap.
Dozens of flat screen TVs hang on the walls, and the atmosphere on a recent Saturday night was electric.
It appears as if elected officials are welcoming the business with open arms.
Burgess Laurie Taf Jackson said The Pour House will be a family-oriented environment that will benefit the borough. And Mayor Bob Mezzo said during a ribbon-cutting this is the type of establishment Naugatuck needs in its downtown.
At least one downtown business owner agrees.
“Our downtown needs excitement,” said Stephanie Fusco, co-owner of Terri’s Flower Shop next door. “I’m confident this will bring more families to our downtown.”
Owner Samantha Caron’s cousin, Steve Caron, is co-owner of the Pour House Sports Tavern in Wolcott, which has been tremendously successful in its first year. The Wolcott business sponsors many youth sports teams and offers discounts to families after sports games in the community. Samantha and Richard Caron hope to be able to do the same once they become a little more established in Naugatuck.
This is the third restaurant Samantha Caron has run. The first was Café Bella Vista in Branford, and the other was Richards in Waterbury.
Both of those were fine dining establishments. This is her first attempt at a quick dining restaurant, she said, and she believes it’s the right fit for her and for Naugatuck. She has also partnered, once again, with her husband, who became a partner at Richards. The two worked well together and are excited about continuing down that path.
Richard redesigned the interior of the building and put tremendous care in making it look inviting, Samantha Caron said.
“I want high school kids to be able to go out and have a burger with their friends,” she said. “I want businesswomen to be able to walk in here and wait for their friends alone and feel comfortable. We have a 12-year-old son, so I can appreciate that people in the community want families to come here and be comfortable.”
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