Why do we have a section on our website called “Recent History”? Isn’t that a bit of an oxymoron? Well, not really. It’s because there is so much history here, dating back to 1789 when the building was erected! For over 225 years this building and the owners and staff have hosted guests for happy social occasions, important business functions, and everything in between. We have guests who came here as children with their families, guests whose grandparents were married here, and even guests whose great-grandparents had dinner here as their first formal date. J. Timothy’s is proud to carry on the tavern tradition started by John Cooke; you can read about the origins here.
The current owners, Tim Adams and Jim Welch, purchased the building in 1979 and re-opened it as Cooke’s Tavern in early 1980. Cooke’s was a more formal restaurant, with white linen tablecloths. The early years were a bit of a struggle, but the partners persevered, working long hours to make sure the restaurant was successful. It was. As time went on Tim and Jim, and then-Kitchen Manager John, who started at the restaurant on day one, realized they wanted a more welcoming environment. The decision was made: retire the name Cooke’s Tavern and establish a new identity. J. Timothy’s Taverne was born in 1988. The hallmark of the new J. Timothy's was great food and beverages with professional, friendly service.
We are so very proud that we have more than 5 staff members that have been with the restaurant over 30 years, 10 staff who have been here over 20 years, and 16 for more than 15 years.
We are also proud and grateful for the accolades we’ve received over the years, most recently:
- Best Casual Restaurant in CT 2013
- CT Restaurant Hall of Fame 2011
- The #2 Buffalo Wings in the entire country
- Best 21 Wing Joints in the country
- Hartford Advocate Best Wings, year after year
- Connecticut Magazine Best Wings
- Hartford Magazine Best Wings
- New Britain Herald/Bristol Press Best Wings
And, we’re grateful for the hundreds (thousands?) of notes we’ve received from satisfied and happy guests.
We know we exist only because of YOU. Tim and Jim and our entire staff welcome you to J. Timothy’s Taverne and thank you for your patronage.