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Posted on: April 11, 2023

Something's a-brewin' at A-Brews

Sonia Abreu at A-Brews Tap & GrillA cold beer, hot food and live music. You can’t do much better than that trifecta.

A-Brews Tap & Grill has all three. The restaurant is at 1794 Bridge Street, Suite 1, in the Bridgewood Plaza, and the owners are prepared for some post-pandemic partying.

Sonia Abreu and her husband, Jim, bought A-Brews after Jim’s former neighbors, Tom and Anita Welch, who owned TW’s Pub, told them they were looking to retire and sell the business. They bought it in 2016, and during those six years, A-Brews has made a name for itself as a hot spot for musical acts both local and regional.

“I wanted a place where anybody and everybody can come in and enjoy themselves,” Sonia says. “I want you to come in and have a good time.”

So far, so good.

Sonia admits owning a restaurant these days can be tough, but she wouldn’t have it any other way, A-Brews Tap & Grillmainly because of the folks who have continued to come through the door.

“Quite a few people have made their marks on my life,” she says. “That’s the reason I love this place and why I keep going.”

It hasn’t been easy for the past two years, but Sonia confesses that the pandemic actually gave her a chance to slow down and realize what’s truly important in life.

“It’s given me time to do what I need to do,” she says. “You always take care of your kids and family first. Without them, you have nothing.”

The Abreus have two sons, 18-year-old James and 14-year Brian. In fact, it was James and a friend who, six years ago, came up with the clever name that graces his parents’ establishment. James also runs A-Brews’ Meat Bingo, held every Thursday night (with meats from Brown & Budnick’s down the strip a bit) to benefit local charities.

With life starting to get back to normal, Sonia hopes A-Brews does, too, including reopening the patio. The restaurant is open Wednesday through Sunday, and Sonia says she has booked a full schedule of live music for Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through March. She also hopes to hold car shows once the good weather arrives. Anyone who has been inside A-Brews, with hubcaps mounted on the walls and its class-car theme, shouldn’t be surprised. (She is also the proud owner of a ’68 Camaro.)

For more on A-Brews Tap & Grill, visit https://abrews.com or call 978-458-0555.

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