It's official, the Town Tavern, located at 381 Town Street in East Haddam, is open and ready to serve. Offering American-Italian food with a strong Greek influence, the new business is laid back and kid friendly, with reasonably priced dinner entrees, burgers, sandwiches, pizzas and a complete bar.
This restaurant was a long time coming for owner Bridgette Topi, who moved her family from Greece to the United States eight years ago to escape the economic downfall there. She landed in Connecticut and has worked as the head chef at the Cozy Corner in Durham for the past seven years.
According to her daughter Nicki Topi, when her mom saw this restaurant in East Haddam was available, she immediately fell in love with it.
“This has been a lifelong dream for my mom and we are very excited to see it come true,” explains Nicki. “This is a family business, my mom, dad, uncle and me all work here and we try to make sure we have a little something for everybody on the menu.”
From Gyros to Prime Beef and everything in-between (including a kids menu), the new business, which can seat up to 114 patrons in the main dining room and an additional 30 plus in the banquet room, is excited about its future in this small town. It has an extensive dessert menu that changes weekly and all fresh food prepared on premises.
“We hope to become a local favorite and we encourage everyone to stop in and try us out. You will never have better food anywhere,” says Nicki proudly, praising her mother’s culinary expertise.
The family friendly atmosphere and ambiance is perfectly matched with the reasonably priced menu with sandwiches and burgers starting at $4.95 and dinner entrees from $12.95 to the most expensive item, the prime rib, served with homemade mashed potatoes sautéed green beans at $19.95.
Other favorites include the Chicken Alfredo and weekly Greek specials.
The restaurant is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. It is also open for special occasions and parties.
“Come on in, we have good food, friendly service and reasonable prices. We can’t wait to meet everyone in town,” encourages Nicki.
For more information about the Town Tavern call, 860-891-8431.