New business set to breathe life into New London’s downtown

June 10, 2013 by  

One of New London’s oldest downtown buildings is being given new life by the opening of the State Street Saloon.

The building, located at 158 State Street, dates back to Revolutionary War times, and at one time was home to New London’s first print company shop. The new owner is 146 Main LLC, a company owned and run by the Capano family, which also owns several other local businesses. The State Street Saloon will feature a rustic Wild West Décor and will seat about 150 guests.

The building, built in 1771 by Timothy Green Jr., was one of few structures to escape the fire that swept through the city in the 1780s. First used as a newspaper office, it was home to The New London Gazette and published by Green, who was also active in the Revolution. The most recent occupants of the 5,000 square foot building, a series of restaurants, were followed by the property remaining empty for the last 10 years.

In the words of Scott Capano:

“This city is on the verge of being a Newport (Rhode Island). People go places when there are a lot of bars and restaurants. Having this place grow and be successful does nothing but benefit everyone.”

With the assistance of local stationery printers to help establish The State Street Saloon’s brand and the expertise of new chef Zach Fournier, a Culinary Institute of America graduate, locals will discover over time how right Capano is.