Backstage Restaurant adds sidewalk dining, details about the new Franklin Street parking lot, Main Street Marketplace, and more!

Warmer weather has finally arrived and downtown Torrington is coming alive. The traffic islands at the five corners were planted early this past Sunday morning by a great team of Wamogo teens led by Jen Plasky of Seasons of Growth and we were ably assisted by Tim Waldron and Linda Rinaldi. Some of our local shops have already planted window boxes or planters and more are coming. The vibrant colors are drawing attention to our businesses and dining establishments as well as downtown in general. The addition of American flags along Main Street is just in time to help us honor those who gave their lives for our country with our annual Memorial Day parade on May 26. Coe Park is also coming alive with the greenest green and colorful plantings.

Up the street, Backstage Restaurant has added tables and umbrellas and outdoor dining has arrived. Across the street, The Ritz Café has their patio is set for lunch, root beer floats, or that after work cocktail. Bogey’s is planning outside dining during Main Street Market Place which is scheduled to begin on July 10 and run every Thursday for eight weeks. First Act Bakery and S & S Sweet Treats also plan to have tables outside. New sidewalks are planned for spring of 2015 and the addition of trees and planters will bring even more personality to our favorite downtown.

The Franklin Street parking lot project should be completed by early August which will provide additional parking for those visiting our restaurants or are headed to the Warner Theatre. And so Downtown Torrington comes to life… step at a time, but with continued forward movement.

Our new Main Street initiative is busy finalizing paperwork and is now officially recognized as Main Street Torrington, Inc. We are collecting ideas, visiting other Main Streets, attending workshops, and more. Most successful programs are using plantings, outdoor dining, and promotion of local business and it is evident that determination, persistence, and cooperation are making a difference all over Connecticut. We are headed in the right direction!

We hope you will visit Main Street Market Place, shop local, enjoy an outdoor dining experience, buy an ice cream cone, pick up a John Brownie at the bakery, visit out delightful galleries, register for one of the fabulous free programs at the Torrington Library, take in a concert at Coe Park, check out KidsPlay Children’s Museum and make plans to take your children or grandchildren and perhaps attend a show at the Warner Theatre, the Desultory Theatre Club, or a concert at Studio 59……it IS all happening here!


About The Author

Sharon Waagner is the Office Manager and Communications Director for Torrington Downtown Partners, a commissioner for Arts Culture Torrington, and on the Main Street Market Place committee, among other things.

Most recently she joined with Barrie Soucy at WAPJ and on Thursday mornings at 9:40 a.m. they discuss upcoming events and help to promote businesses located in the downtown area.