Affectionately dubbed WilliBrew, Willimantic Brewing Company came as one of the highest recommended spots when I first moved here. I was familiar with Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, NY and hoped WilliBrew would be similar, but it took me about a semester and a half to stop by. At 967 Main St., Willimantic Brewing Company looms above the rest of Main Street. It's a renovated post office, but with all the architectural glory you'd expect.
I tagged along to an early dinner with my roommate, her mother, and her sister. We ate down in the bar area, as the dining room wasn't open yet. We sat at a high table across from the bar and were welcomed with quick, professional service. We ordered the calamari as an appetizer, and it was lovely, but it was gone before I could get a picture. The bread also came with a cinnamon spice whipped butter which was delicious. As you'll notice in the photos of the menu, each option was labeled with a city or town in CT and the corresponding zip code. I liked that they carried through the postal theme but didn't go overboard,
I ordered the Post Office Penne as an entrée, and so did Madison's sister. She ordered the Prospect Primavera (06712) and her mother tried the Hampton Vegetarian Taco Salad (06247). All the portions were giant and we didn't come close to finishing our meals. Everything was delicious, as I had been promised, and I was excited to be taking a full to-go box back to my apartment too.
I loved the floors, they looked like they were the original post office floors, and here's what the website has to say:
Our original Main Street Café was founded in 1991, and began operations as a small deli in the old Capitol Theatre building on Main Street in Willimantic, CT. Occupying both the lobby and concession area of the theatre, seating was limited to 50 people. After 3 years we were bursting at the seams and made the move to 877 Main Street, another historic building. There we expanded to a full service restaurant and featured American craft-brewed beers and an extensive menu.
Willimantic Brewing Company is a great spot for those looking for a nice dinner in a beautiful building who are willing to spend a little more on a great meal. Plus local beer!