Windmill Tavern to Reopen Dec. 14

The new owner says he wants to 'bring back history to Hollister Heights' with the remodeling.

A remodeled Windmill Tavern will reopen under new ownership on Dec. 14.

"You can see from our photos that we are not just 'dusting' off the place," reads a post on the Facebook page of the long-time Stratford establishment. "We are going down to bare walls and floor. The gorgeous bar is taking some time but that's because we want to get it just right."

The hot dogs -- which were awarded Stratford Patch Readers' Choice best in town -- will still be on the menu, along with the burgers, kielbasa and other Windmill favorites, according to John Vazzano, who bought the property about three weeks ago.

"It'll have the same feel," said Vazzano, who owns several area restaurants, including Vazzy's on Broadbridge Avenue in Bridgeport. He said he sold Vazzy's of Stratford about six months ago.

"We are researching this and they say it's one of the oldest taverns in the area," Vazzano said. 

The restauratuer from Trumbull said he wants to "bring back history to Hollister Heights." So he's stripping the paneling and exposing the brick and beams, which "will add to the warmth" of the restaurant.

Other renovations include new floors and bathrooms and 19 additional TVs. Also, a one-size pizza will be added to the menu, Vazzano said.

"Soon, very soon those award-winning hot dogs and ice cold beer will be available to you," read the Facebook post. "Just make sure when you come in you take a look around and notice the love and care we put in to make your visit to the Windmill Tavern a great one."

Loren November 15, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Glad to hear the new owners will keep some of the old time menu items. This place is historical and any efforts to maintain it as a neighborhood mainstay are welcome. My parents met here over 40 years ago and my Mom still lives in the house she was born in a few blocks up the road. Will be visiting after they open for sure.
Scott November 15, 2012 at 07:54 PM
They better not thow out the seers ass
Scott November 15, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Michael Munz November 16, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Looking forward to the new beginning of the windmill!
Laura Dobosz November 19, 2012 at 03:57 PM
One thing Rudy always did was host a Christmas Eve party. Open bar and food. It went from about 11:00 - 1:00 or 2:00 I think. It was a very nice gesture though, for his regulars. I wonder if the new owers will do the same.


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