Granby men open their dream pub

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Four Dads Pub is located at 18R Hartford Ave.

Four Dads Pub is Granby’s newest local business and the most recent addition to the growing culinary choices that the town has to offer. The pub is the brainchild of four Granby dads. Mike Garbeck, Dante Boffi, Eugene Smythe and Mario Fino were on their way out of town to watch a ballgame when they hatched the idea of a local pub that would serve a need in Granby: a place to watch a game and enjoy some elevated pub fare along with good whiskeys and craft beers.

After searching local real estate, they settled on 18R Hartford Ave. The building, built in 1786, was originally a carriage house. During construction, they discovered that much of the original woodwork, buried under layers of sheetrock, was still in excellent condition. The 30-foot long chestnut beam that runs the length of the building is now as it was 200 years ago. They also found the original door to the hayloft as well as some horseshoes from the era that are incorporated into the new design, paying tribute to the building’s history.

Inside at Four Dads patrons can watch sports or enjoy Rock & Roll-themed music. The outdoor patio has a TV as well, along with outdoor speakers. The pub menu features many locally sourced products including vegetables, cheeses, meats and, of course, local craft beers and wines. Sauces are made from scratch and fresh breads are supplied by San Remo Italian Bakery. Some menu favorites from customer reviews are Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich, and the Firehouse Chili and Signature Wings. In addition, there are several creative pub sandwiches, salads and the children’s menu.

Behind the bar, Mario Fino has collected over 40 different whiskeys, 12 taps, assorted spirits and several local beers and wines.

In addition to a creative menu and impressive design, Four Dads Pub is already giving back to the community. It has partnered with Waste Not, Want Not, the community kitchen associated with South Congregational Church. All its excess fresh ingredients are donated to the kitchen, so nothing is wasted while supporting those in need in our community.

The four dads pause in their remodeling for a “before” photo. Submitted photos