House Of Brews
House Of Brews
Stoughton House of Brews temporarily closed on March 16 due to restrictions implemented by Gov. Charlie Baker in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As those closures were extended, and reopening restrictions implemented social distancing requirements, the Fays made the decision to permanently close.
The Fays officially announced the news on the business’ Facebook page June 2, the day after word started spreading through social media.
“As we’re sure you’ve heard, we are closing our doors soon,” the post read. “Leo and I, our entire family and our staff are so touched and overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and kind words about our place. It’s been amazing for us to have had this experience and we will treasure the memories forever.”
According to the post, the Fays sought someone to take over the business to keep Stoughton House of Brews going.
“If anyone knows of someone who would like to own a fun, unique establishment and make it their own, please send them our way!” the post read. “We’d love to see its spirit stay alive. The HOB may have been the place, but it’s all of you who made the atmosphere so awesome.”
And Morgan ended up taking them up on that offer after a longtime search for the right place to open a dining establishment as a new venture.
“I was just sitting at work and I saw the post on Facebook with all the responses about another local business closing its doors, and I felt somewhat inspired to step up and keep the doors open, especially where it’s right in the heart of downtown,” he said. “It would be tough to see another business shutter, COVID or not.”
While he’s already received preliminary approval from the Stoughton Board of Selectmen, Morgan said he’s waiting on approval from the state for a liquor license, after which he’ll be able to announce an official opening date. Tentatively, Morgan said he’s hoping to open within the next few weeks.
The new Stoughton House of Brews will be open for lunch and dinner service seven days a week, Morgan said. Hours will likely be 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. during the week, with later hours Thursday through the Saturday. They’re licensed to stay open until 1 a.m., Morgan said, but Sundays they will close at 8 p.m.
“We’re still going to be pulling a lot of the local breweries, a lot of the local farms we’ll be using for our produce,” he said. “All of our meals will be prepped and made in house, all local ingredients and so on.”
Morgan said they’re going for an “upscale pub” atmosphere, serving “comfort food with a twist.”
“We’re going to have some seasonal and some rotations of our menu items, depending on what’s locally available,” he said. “Certainly, we’ll have your local wings and your flatbreads and your burgers and your steaks. I think we’re just going to somewhat put a spin or a twist on some of your traditional comfort foods.”
That includes using beer from area breweries in the recipe, he said, and for drinks, using local ingredients to infuse drinks in house, such as homemade spiced rum or pineapple-infused vodka.
And once they open to the public, Morgan said he eventually plans to implement brunch on weekends.
While they’ve been working to clean up the place, adding fresh paint, replacing the exterior sign and rearranging furniture such as removing the couches temporarily for coronavirus sanitation purposes, Morgan said there aren’t plans to completely revamp the interior of the space.
“It’s going to be a nice, comforting new look and feel, but not a drastic change from what you’re used to,” he said.