Our restaurant has a "pay-what-you-can" philosophy. Great food. And an inclusive vibe.

About Gather55

Gather55 harnesses the power of delicious food to connect diverse communities through a restaurant with an inclusive vibe where all can gather regardless of ability to pay. Gather55 is a Hands On Hartford initiative and part of Hands On Hartford’s commitment to serve neighbors, engage volunteers and connect communities in the Hartford area.


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Featured Chef - Zach Shuman


Meet Chef Zach:

Zach Shuman, a West Hartford native, is a seasoned chef with extensive experience in Connecticut and beyond. He graduated from Johnson & Wales University and has worked at establishments such as The Simsbury Inn, Todd English Olives in Boston and New York, Caveys in Manchester, and The Bean Restaurant Group.

Zach’s expertise spans various roles, including Executive Chef, Culinary Director, and Chef Partner. He currently serves as the Director of Culinary for Locals 8 Hospitality, overseeing culinary operations.

His culinary philosophy emphasizes ‘casual fine dining,’ focusing on quality dishes without pretentiousness. Zach Shuman continues to impress diners with his culinary talents and dedication to excellence in Connecticut’s culinary scene.

“I believe that food has the power to bring people together, regardless of their backgrounds or circumstances. It’s about more than just serving a meal; it’s about fostering a connection with the community and ensuring that everyone feels valued and included.” 

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Hands on Hartford's

Center for Community

55 Bartholomew Avenue

in the
Parkville neighborhood
of Hartford, Connecticut.

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