TORRINGTON — Back in the fall of 2019, Kris Kelsey and Dave Garcia opened up the Social House at 131 Water Street.
The combination bar, lounge, and restaurant was a bustling place serving a large population of Torrington and surrounding areas.
However, just like other businesses in the area, the Social House closed down for some time during the Covid-19 Pandemic.
During its shutdown, Kelsey and Garcia sold The Social House to Hartford natives Daphney Romero and Feminique Wiles, who both admitted to The Winsted Phoenix that they never even had been to Torrington before, until they travelled to look at the location.
“I did hear of Torrington before, but I had not ever been to the city until I looked at this place,” Romero said.
“Me? I was like, where is Torrington?” Wiles said. “I told Daphney, well, let’s just take the drive and see how it goes. We both looked at this place and we both said that we want this.”
The two have kept most of the recycled furniture and the decor created by the previous owners.
“We felt like that it matched our style,” Wiles said. “It was rustic, but it was a modern cool with the way the colors and the art were all laid out.”
“We did put a few new touches on it,” Romero said. “We rearranged the couches and we brought in some new furniture.”
Both Romero and Wiles said that, now that the Covid pandemic is winding down, The Social House will hold regular events, including Friday night Pride Nights.
“It’s always a night to celebrate love,” Romero said. “Everyone is always welcome here. Sometimes people come in alone, but they always leave here with friends. To us, the Social House all about love, and you don’t ever feel like an outsider. We cater to everyone.”
On Sunday, June 13 at 12:30 pm., the Social House will hold its first-ever Drag Show Brunch, with three drag queens from Connecticut and one from New York.
“We are all very excited to bring something new and different to Torrington,” Romero said. “We also plan on holding concerts, comedy events, sip and paint, and other special events.”
Both Romero and Wiles said that their biggest hope for The Social House is to bring people out from their pandemic shells.
“As risky as things are, you can’t put your lives on hold forever,” Romero said. “We have to continue to live. We are still practicing safe protocols here. We are not planning on packing the place. We will still have comfortable seating at capacity with proper social distancing. We’re trying to bring things here so people can come out and enjoy themselves again outside of their homes.”
For more information on The Social House, including its special events, go to www.facebook.com/socialhousect/