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Wilton’s Boiler Room closes; new restaurant expected

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WILTON – For the past eight years the Boiler Room Restaurant and Brew Pub has been at the center of this town’s night life.

All that came to halt last Thursday when the restaurant closed.

Owner and chef Rick Mealey of Farmington had been a chef at the Granary Restaurant and Brew Pub in Farmington and then went to Wilton to open the Boiler Room and, later, a second Boiler Room in Rumford.

The Wilton restaurant opened in a renovated section of the former Bass Shoe factory in July of 2008, the building’s owner Randy Cousineau said today. At the time of its opening, the steak and seafood restaurant and popular watering hole brought with it the hope that it would bring business to the downtown area. Those involved say it did attract both a loyal local following and visitors on vacation in for a meal.

With all that going for it, Cousineau said he has already lined up another restaurant to take the Boiler Room’s place.

“We’re expecting another restaurant will opening within a month,” he said. Although he can’t reveal the identity until the deal is done, Cousineau said it is a similar type restaurant to the former Boiler Room and is not a chain franchise.

A sign on the Boiler Room door says the restaurant is “Temporarily closed for Remodeling.”

Cousineau said they are waiting to close the deal before the new restaurant can open. Calls to former owner Mealey weren’t returned today.

The Boiler Room Restaurant and Brew Pub was located in a section of the former Bass Shoe Factory in Wilton.

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