Waterbury Coach House Expected To Re-Open May 1st After Extensive Remodeling
When the Waterbury Coach House at 13333 Madison Avenue in Lakewood holds their grand reopening--projected for May 1 after extensive remodeling-- customers will be treated to an expanded menu of American and ethic home cooking (including the restaurant’s signature garlic soup), a wide selection of trendy cocktails, live music, and the ever-popular trivia.
“Our customers see us as the place to go for lunch, family dining, a night out, or a friendly cocktail. We also plan to add a cocktail hour in the future," says Waterbury’s owner and primary cook Hoss Ashofteh. “We pride ourselves on our specialty home cooking, and our cocktails are always a good pour,” he says.
The unique Coach House design, which has attracted customers to the Waterbury for nearly 30 years, still has a neighborhood flavor, but with several interesting twists, says Eric Stone, founder of Stone and Grain Design Group. The colors are inviting tones of taupe and brown, accents are brick and stone, and there is plenty of natural wood throughout, explains co-founder Colin Glavic. Wood flooring, the addition of brown valances above new window treatments and contemporary furniture combine style with warmth and create a modern rustic look.
Pendant lighting replaces dated coach house lights in the Tavern area, and the large bar, which circles from the Tavern into the restaurant, has been fashioned into highly polished natural wood with a granite-like surface. The openness of the space easily accommodates diners and Tavern customers during Waterbury’s evening entertainment, which includes live jazz by local groups on Tuesdays and Fridays and live trivia on Saturdays.
While the entire restaurant and Tavern are eye-catching and welcoming, the focal point of the Waterbury Coach House is the cozy Fireplace Lounge with a large wood and stone hearth, and a mantle fashioned from an 1890s barn. Seating in the Fireplace Lounge is positioned around tables made from real wine barrels. A rotating exhibit of works by well-known local artists and photographers lines the walls and a closed circuit TV broadcasts entertainment from the Tavern along with weekly specials.
Modernized restrooms with new cabinetry and tile further the Coach House theme, as does the large foyer welcoming guests with new flooring, a new logo and brick wall covering.
The building’s exterior, formerly yellow and brown, is now soft beige highlighted by red windows and doorway and aluminum trellises, all of which add to the European feel. There’s new signage, a new logo, and two artificial windows strategically placed on what had been a blank exterior wall facing the parking lot.