Future of Hop Knot in Southington uncertain

Future of Hop Knot in Southington uncertain

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SOUTHINGTON — Hop Knot, a beer and pretzels pub on Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike, is closed as the owner works to sell the location.

The Southington location is one of several opened by two partners who started with a restaurant in Middletown in 2016. While Mike Boney owns Hop Knot, his partner John Schauster left the business to start a restaurant in Bethel that closed earlier this year.

Louis Perillo’s family owns the property at 1169 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike. He said Boney is working to sell the restaurant as a franchise. Perillo is optimistic Hop Knot will reopen.

“I think they’re just in a transition,” he said.

Perillo said Boney told him the restaurant is shut down “for the time being” while the sale goes through.

The chain has locations in Southington, Middletown, Storrs and Manchester, New Hampshire. Perillo said the owners may have been spread “a little thin” but that they had a “really good thing going.”

Boney could not be reached for comment this week.

In a lawsuit filed earlier this year, a company in New Haven claimed that Boney and Schauster failed to pay a sublease that they owned on a Hop Knot location in that city which has since closed.

Another lawsuit from Bar Rated Entertainment claims Hop Knot locations in Southington and Middletown didn’t pay for trivia nights organized by the company.

Hop Knot and Bar Rated Entertainment reached an agreement in which the restaurant would pay the $5,440 owned in weekly installments, according to court documents. Earlier this week, Bar Rated Entertainment filed a motion for default, saying Hop Knot had stopped making the agreed weekly payments.

Boney still has several years left on the lease for the Southington building.

Hop Knot offers a wide selection of craft beer and unique pretzels. The Southington location opened in 2017.

The building used to house the Slanted Shanty, a bar.

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