The Maple Tree Café’s new owners are working with a popular local chef to tweak the popular eatery and live music venue and bring Attilio’s Family Restaurant to downtown Simsbury.
Ryan Krieger, Gabriel Krieger and Sean Allen recently
purchased the the Maple Tree and Apollo Pizza restaurants from Mike Del Gallo. They are working with
executive chef Attilio Ceneviva, who will oversee food at both the Maple Tree
Family Restaurant, which is replacing Apollo's.
For many years Ceneviva ran Attilio's at Simsbury Farms and more recently Attilio's Family Restaurant near the Granby line. He recently closed that location to move to the new space.
“We’re very excited to bring Attilio's downtown,” Ryan Krieger. “He has a lot of followers.”
The new owners have a mix of financial and restaurant experience and Gabriel Krieger has worked with Ceneviva for many years.
Currently the group is renovating the spaces.
Ryan Krieger said the live music tradition will continue at the Maple Tree, which will feature upscale tavern food at reasonable prices. The floor of the restaurant area has been refinished and owners hope to open in time for this week's Thursday night karaoke, although the kitchen will not be open for a few days after that. The banquet room at the Maple Tree is also being updated and owners plan to fully utilize the outdoor space as well.
Ryan Krieger said the Maple Tree has a lot going for it, including a
loyal following. He just feels it’s been underutilized and just needs some TLC.
The old Apollo’s, new home to Attilio’s Family Restaurant, will take the longest to renovate. It’s being completely redone wall to wall right down through several layers of flooring.
Krieger envisions a February opening for Attilio’s.
Finalized hours are still a work in progress but both places will open for lunch and dinner, with plans for Attilio's to have a weekend breakfast option and Maple Tree a seasonal weekend brunch.
owners will honor gifts cards issued for Apollo’s, Krieger said and phone
numbers and web links will stay the same.
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