REDDING, Conn. As Georgetown businesses prepare to benefit from the new street lights and sidewalks that should be completed in August, a few of them already have expanded.
The Olive Market on Main Street is opening a lounge in the space next to its shop that had been occupied by other businesses. Proprietor Fernando Pereyra plans to operate the lounge, which will feature live music and wine tastings Thursdays through Saturday evenings, when The Olive Market also is open for dinner. Pereyra said he plans to open the lounge next week.
Mini Vinnys on Old Mill Road has installed a Georgia smoker to prepare barbecue ribs and chicken and has applied for a license to sell beer and wine, which will transform the establishment into a sit-down restaurant.
We serve Friday and Saturday dinner now but once we get the license well serve dinner every night, said owner Gino Marsili. Marsili prepares the barbecued meats in the smoker outside the restaurant, which adds a Southern smokehouse flavor and scent to the Georgetown scene.
The Blackcat Grill, a new restaurant being built on Main Street, owned by Ellio Cavicchia, will open later this year.
The expansion of the Georgetown business community is offset by the closing of the Georgetown Saloon last spring, an area favorite for more than 30 years. The saloon was offered at a foreclosure auction July 21, but didn't sell, according to Ralph Bosch, chairman of Georgetown Village Restoration.
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