Phil Barnett is a partner with the Hartford Restaurant Group which has quickly expanded from one location to seven in the span of just five years. It started with four friends — Phil Barnett, Mike Hamlin, Ken McAcoy and Wil Quijano — opening the first Wood-n-Tap restaurant on Hartford's Sisson Avenue in 2002. In the five years since, the group has opened three more Wood-n-Tap restaurants (in Farmington, Rocky Hill and Southington) and taken on new partners to open Agave Grill and Vaughan's Public House, both in Hartford.
Over the past seven-plus years, the Hartford Restaurant Group has supported many local charities and community organizations to raise over $100,000. It has supported a variety of organizations from large non-profit charities, such as the Lea's Foundation for Leukemia research and Autism Speaks, to local various school PTO fundraisers and multiple memorial fundraisers.