Plainville’s J. Timothy’s Taverne celebrated 40 years in business with a special dinner on February 26. The restaurant closed to the general public for the evening to accommodate the sold-out party, which was held in memory of opening chef, partner and manager John Huwe, who, along with founders Jim Welch and Tim Adams, created the landmark venue. Guests enjoyed a Surf & Turf bar, food stations, appetizers and dessert with a special collaboration beer from New England Brewing Co., a signature 40th-anniversary craft cocktail and Champagne. Musician Chris Marolda performed live acoustic tunes. All proceeds from ticket sales benefited Plainville High School’s J. Timothy’s Taverne John Huwe Memorial Scholarship, which will be awarded annually to a college-bound senior with an interest in small business or entrepreneurship. J. Timothy’s Taverne is located in a historic building erected in 1789, the same year George Washington was inaugurated as president. Governor Ned Lamont issued an official proclamation recognizing the community and contributions of the J. Timothy Taverne team.