Urban Lodge Brewing of Manchester will open a bar in downtown Hartford – Hartford Courant

Urban Lodge Brewing, which opened in August 2019 in Manchester and has weathered the pandemic, is expanding into a dining hall at 88 Pratt Street in downtown Hartford.

Construction on the space will begin soon, co-owner Ryan Fagan said. Fagan said the expansion is partially funded by a matching grant from the city’s Hart Lift program, which funds new commercial ventures in vacant storefronts around the city.

Fagan does not yet know the amount of Urban Lodge’s grant. Julio Concepción, executive director of the Hartford Chamber of Commerce, said the third cohort of grants will be officially announced in the coming weeks and confirmed Urban Lodge is one of 15 new recipients.

“We want to have a big presence in central Connecticut. Hartford offers a lot for our brand and conversely we can offer a lot to the city of Hartford,” Fagan said.

Concepción agrees. “This means two important things. We see an impact on the capital. Dynamism returns to Hartford. And we can see the impact the Hart Lift program has already had in the city. These dollars invigorate the downtown area.

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The location is the former home of Tap 88 Bar and Lounge.

Fagan, owner of Urban Lodge with Michael Gerrity, said he could have indoor and outdoor seating, as has become the norm for restaurants in Pratt. He expects to run 11-13 taps at a time, similar to the setup at the Manchester site.

The bar will also sell non-alcoholic beers from Athletic Brewing of Stratford, hard cider from Stafford Cidery and soft drinks from Willimantic-based Hosmer Mountain, as well as wine.

“In everything we do, we try to get our products in-state,” Fagan said.

He said he doesn’t know yet if the bar will have a kitchen. Alternatively, the brewery can operate as the flagship site, allowing take-out from nearby restaurants.

“In Manchester, we are surrounded by five to ten restaurants on Main Street. It’s nice to be able to do that, to support other local businesses,” he said. urbanlodgebrewing.com.

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David H. Henry