Verace on Center Street started as a Deli in February 2012 but decided to change course early this year.
Now it's a bar and grill, is opening a patio and has beer and food festival planned.
"We've completely morphed into a full-service tavern," said owner Matt Colandro of Shelton.
"We realize beer is the thing now," he said, adding that the restaurant should have about 21 beers now. "Customers appreciate that."
Some of his popular offerings include freshly-pressed wraps, and 13-inch to 14-inch grinders. All wraps are pressed on the spot, Colandro said.
And when it comes to pizza, "if we have it, we'll make it." In general, "If it's not on the menu and we have ingredients, we'll make it."
His chefs are James Baszo and Don Burns.
Colandro, who graduated from St. Joseph High School in Trumbull in 1993, is not a stranger to restaurants. His father ran local restaurants and Colandro followed after he was laid off from his corporate job.
"This is something I always wanted to do," he said.
In addition to the changeover, Verace is also holding its first community event, the Brew-B-Que, on Oct. 13. For $49, you get unlimited food, beer and wine, and for $25, unlmited food and softdrinks. The event runs from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Featured will be a pig roast, mechanical bull, local breweries, wine-tasting, cigar rolling and more.
A raffle will benefit the Shelton Police Department.