Windmill Tavern confirms grand opening bash Sunday, Dec. 23

Vazzy’s owner John Vazzano and partner Larry LaConte Jr. have purchased The Windmill on Hollister Street.Whether the Windmill Tavern will have its soft opening on Thursday, Dec. 20, after postponing it once already, may be up for debate, but new owners John Vazzano and Larry LaConte Jr. are confident the grand opening is a go.

This morning they released a flyer to the public touting the Windmill as “the oldest neighborhood tavern in the country” and inviting the public to the grand opening of the Windmill Tavern on Sunday, Dec. 23, from 4 p.m. to closing.

Earlier in the week, Vazzano had hoped to have a soft opening on Thursday, Dec. 20, but as yet there is no confirmation of that. A Windmill Tavern website posting this week had invited people to briefly tour the remodeled Windmill this past Tuesday. The tour was part of a job fair the Windmill was conducting to fill out staff.

Comments on social media sites such as Facebook indicate curiosity and excitement at the prospect of the Tavern reopening.

The Windmill was built in the early 1930s and was made famous by its hot dogs, which for many years were provided by the now-defunct Miller’s provisions of Stratford. Today they use Hummel Brother hot dogs and Vazzano hopes to revive some legendary local hot dog recipes from around the area such as Koon’s Corner Chili, Conte’s Chili and the Chow Mein sandwiches once served at Conte’s of Bridgeport.

Vazzano said the 10 beers on tap will include local products, from such breweries as Southport Brewing and Two Roads Brewery of Stratford.

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