Made in America: b Restaurants and Salute American Vodka

In keeping with our commitment to using American-made and especially locally-made products, we decided to feature Branford-based Salute American Vodka in three of the cocktails on our updated Drink List, and in three additional cocktails on our Sunday Brunch Menu.

After our first meeting with Salute earlier this year, the fit between our companies was clear. Salute American Vodka’s mission “to support veterans and other heroes as they work to further their careers, start small businesses, and achieve the American dream” struck a chord with our own entrepreneurial spirit. The first dollar of every bottle sold goes to support organizations that award scholarship money, laptops, work-related equipment and vehicles, provide job opportunities and more to veterans throughout the U.S. “Our country doesn’t do enough for veterans,” company President John Niekrash said. “If the government isn’t going to do it here, we are going to.”

In addition to being distilled and bottled in Rochester, NY, the company uses corn and wheat grains grown in the U.S. Even the labels and the bottles (which are modeled after World War II standard issue GI canteens) are manufactured in New Jersey. The 80-proof vodka, which is distilled four times for a smooth taste is the perfect base for cocktails like the “Made in America” – Salute American Vodka and hand-crafted Rosemary Lemonade.

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We are excited to be working with Salute and we hope you’ll enjoy drinking it at our restaurants! Keep an eye out for the company’s iconic logo RV. It’s already made stops at several of our locations – including the fitting “Taste like ‘Merica BBQ” held at Butchers & Bakers in July. We are looking to involve Salute in several of our upcoming events and company initiatives, so stay tuned for that as well!

Photo Credit: Ronnie Newton,

Our partnership was also profiled on

About Salute American Vodka:

Salute American Vodka was founded in 2012 and officially launched in 2013. In the first month after launching, the company contributed $25,000 to Work Vessels for Veterans to support a veteran starting a blueberry farm in Florida. In June 2016, the brand was acquired by Handcrafted Brands of Branford, Conn. The vodka is bottled and distilled in Rochester, N.Y. For more information about the brand and its impact, visit:


A Message from the Owners

We are thrilled to introduce our new company blog! We will be using this forum to give our friends and customers the inside track on how we got here, what’s happening now, and our vision for the future. Our path to twelve restaurants (nine b Restaurants, Tisane, The Half Door, and Butchers & Bakers) has been an unexpected one, highlighted by amazing people, fantastic food, and memorable escapades, and more new adventures are just ahead.

Our vision has always been a simple one. We want to create spaces where people from many different backgrounds and experiences can come together and form an impromptu community. Nothing makes us happier than to walk into one of our restaurants and see someone in a suit talking to someone right off the construction site and sharing ideas, perspectives and maybe a drink or two.

As we look towards the future, we are always working to bring our customers the latest in both food and beverage. From the “Backyard BBQ” menu featured at b Restaurants this month to learning how to make the best pizza crust on the East Coast, to serving Moscow Mules and wine on tap, we keep striving to give our patrons the most unique and memorable experiences possible. But even as we innovate, we are always firmly rooted in our mission of “growing, while staying local”.

These blog entries will be published monthly and will give our community a different insight into our company and its culture. You will hear from our culinary team, our beverage director, the marketing department, from restaurant employees at all levels, and hopefully some of you! We encourage all of you to submit your own ideas for future blog posts.

This blog was eleven years in the making and we are excited to have a more direct means of communicating to those who share our interests. Thank you for taking the time to get to know us and our company better.

That’s enough for now, but we hope you’ll come back to the site soon and see what we are up to.

Al Gamble
Shawn Skehan