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Quint41 Jan 19, 2011 11:08 AM

I just read in the paper that John Harvard's closed last weekend, has been purchased "by a single owner" and will be remodeled and reopen as a "standalone brew pub and tavern with a new name, new logo, and new opportunities." If anyone has the inside scoop, please let the rest of us know. Thanks!

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    dugbee Feb 22, 2011 01:17 PM

    FYI, the new name will be "Tullycross Tavern & Microbrewery" - based on a town in Ireland as well as the name of the owner's father, I believe. On February 27th there's a "goodbye John Harvard's" event. Mug club folks get the buffet from 12-2, (but the party is 12-6, for everyone) they will have a raffle of some of the John Harvard's logo stuff, etc. The "Welcome Tullycross Tavern" event will be in March, on/near St. Patrick's Day.

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      JurisLaris Jan 24, 2011 07:29 AM

      I just went to John Harvard's in Manchester last night (01/23/2011) - it was open, everything was delicious as usual. I had heard about the new ownership etc. I have to say that I will be disappointed if they change the menu - I love the JH's grilled meatloaf. It's delicious and you can't get it anywhere else. So, I guess we'll see.

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      John Harvard's Brew House
      1487 Pleasant Valley Rd, Manchester, CT 06042

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        bmgsmg72 Jan 23, 2011 03:46 PM

        Wow this story sounds so much like hops which closed then turned into carsons. Both are brew pubs both used to be owned by chain restaurants. Hopefully the new place wont turn out like carsons which closed a year after it opened.

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          Quint41 Jan 20, 2011 05:02 AM

          Well, newspaper reported that they "may" be reopening after Wednesday, but also reported that remodeling would be involved. Hard to know what's going on. I wish they'd put a patio outside. A lot of cycling groups ride out from the plaza across the street, and a patio would increase their business. All of us sweaty cyclists would have a place to go close by for a bite and a beer! :-)

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            jcanino Jan 20, 2011 06:58 AM

            I don't think the town will allow a patio. Hooters wanted to put one in since they opened and the town has denied their request. The are the only one in the state without a patio.

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              Quint41 Jan 20, 2011 08:31 AM

              You're kidding me. No, wait, I live there. I live the stupid politics. If Mickey Mouse ran for office in Manchester, he'd get voted in. I am sure you are not kidding. Two restaurants surrounded by a commuter parking lot, highway entrance ramp, and JC Penny Distribution center. What the heck could the problem be with a patio?! I think Boston Pizza has a patio right across the street. ARGH!

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                jcanino Jan 20, 2011 09:21 AM

                Is Bostons across the town line in South Windsor?

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                  Quint41 Jan 20, 2011 09:59 AM

                  I thought maybe you were onto something, but I consulted a map and the Boston's Pizza website, and it just this side of the Manchester line.

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                    jcanino Jan 20, 2011 11:50 AM

                    It was a thought. I know that I have spoken to the manager at Hooters (great wings! REALLY!!) several times about a patio and the response is the town says no.

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                      Quint41 Jan 20, 2011 12:05 PM

                      Maybe it's just THEM, maybe the town doesn't want motorists to be distracted by the waitstaff out on a patio. Enough traffic accidents in that area. <Giggle>
                      Sorry .. disgressing from the subject matter of the board.

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                        nantucketbeerguy Jan 21, 2011 06:50 AM

                        Went to John Harvards aka "Soon to be new name" last night. It was pretty busy. Try the Broken Pipe Bock...I guess a little humor is good! Saw the new owner too. He seemed to be chatting it up with customers a lot. I hope they freshing up the menu.

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              duds Jan 23, 2011 07:43 AM

              My wife and I went yesterday (Saturday, 22 January) for lunch. We were very satisfied with the Cuban sandwich (excellently flavored pork, ham, cheese, etc on a well crusted toasted bread) and the pulled pork sandwich. The portions were right sized and the fries were crunchy and hot. As for drinks, I had the white ale and my wife had the lite, both great. Our only complaint was the time it took to get attention initially after being seated. After that, service was attentive, but not annoying. We both agreed we would go again and are excited to see what changes the new owner introduces.

            3. mels Jan 20, 2011 04:50 AM

              John Harvard's was awful..I went there twice for work functions and twice I was served a burned burger. Awesome.

              I hope this new place pans out!

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                nantucketbeerguy Jan 19, 2011 04:00 PM

                They are reopening tomorrow night!

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                  LStaff Jan 20, 2011 08:19 AM

                  Yes, the brewer reported on Beer Advocate that the shutdown was due to a water issue that detroyed an electrical box of some sort and they would reopen after it was fixed. Also gave an update on the sale.

                  http://beeradvocate.com/forum/read/34...
                  "Yes, we are closed until Wednesday or Thursday. Yes we are becoming an individualy owned brew pub. BUT, the 2 items are unrelated.

                  We closed on Saturday due to a water pipe that burst and in a 1 in 1000 shot it ran all over an electric panel which also needs to be replaced now. Boucou dollars. Insert Sad Face. We hope to be up and running by Thursday.

                  As for the "sale", we have been sold off and breaking away from the chain. This was alluded to in the past Yankee Brew News. As I mentioned to Todd, I didnt put together a press release as details are still being worked out such as name, and finalized concept."

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                  dugbee Jan 19, 2011 01:27 PM

                  Centerplate bought the chain, but an individual did buy the Manchester location. The closing was because of a burst water pipe in the kitchen. We've been assured that changes will only be for the good. Mug club is staying, brewer is staying. There will be a new menu. I think they were still working on the name change through legal channels..

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                    LorenV Jan 20, 2011 08:09 AM

                    And the beer is the main reason for visiting anyway. Frank has done an excellent job with the beers since settling in after Chris J. left.

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