In order to obtain some of the information mentioned below, I had to sit at the bar at Tunxis Gill while waiting for the owner. I hope my readers appreciate the amount of effort I am willing to put into these posts. Let it be known that I will sit and drink a couple of Yuengling drafts if necessary to get the facts.
The facts in question are these: I couldn’t remember if the outside doors, the ones pictured, were original to this building or whether the current owner added them. The answer was important, since it would tell me whether or not the lower doors were made to match an existing door or if the two doors were ordered at the same time. Knowing this was worth a couple of beers.
Rich Schuler, the owner explained that the doors were not original. When he purchased this building, there were two doors in this spot, one led to the restaurant and one led upstairs to two rental apartments. The original restaurant, The Italian Corner only occupied the upper section of the first floor. The two lower sections were retail shops that changed businesses often. We had been customers of the Italian Corner since the early ‘80s and we were sad when it closed.
Tunxis Grill moved into the site in a big way. Rich knocked out the walls between the restaurant and the retail spaces. Today, when you enter through these beautiful doors, you can turn right into a casual seating area and further into a traditional restaurant space. Or, if you’re like me, you can turn left and head down a few steps into the bar. You can stay there, have a beer, eat and watch some sports or, you can continue down a few more steps into a lounge. The bar is small, eight useful stools (but they insist on sticking nine between the walls) and a few tables. The lower lounge is big enough for about 35 – 40 friends to gather. We had 32 when our daughter graduated from The University of Hartford’s Graduate School of Business in 2013.
They have also added a patio seating area, accessible from the lower set of doors.
Wherever you sit, prepare to feast on a large portion of excellent food and some of the best pizza in the greater Hartford area.
This post is part of Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors series on WordPress. Norm is taking a short break to recover from an illness. I think it might make him happy if we could post some doors for him to look at. Do you have a picture of an interesting door? You can write as much or as little as you like, just share the photo, click on the link and press the blue button. Please join us as we share the doors that make us smile, each week on Thursday.