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Old Lyme Welcomes New Restaurant

May 10, 2017

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Photo Courtesy of Natalie Rugg

Since the closure of Illiano’s nearly two years ago, many residents have been wondering: what’s next? Well, throughout the past couple months, construction crews have been working to turn the former restaurant into Stella’s Restaurant & Pizzeria, an Italian establishment. According to the New London┬áDay, the restaurant will be primarily selling pizzas, and much of the food will be grown locally. Additionally, the restaurant will sell sandwiches, paninis, and Italian salads, among other things. Stella’s is expected to be a family-oriented restaurant, great for kids and groups.

After nearly two decades in business, it was hard for many Old Lyme residents to watch Illiano’s go. However, it’s great to see life returning to the vacant building (and a new coat of paint) and many are excited to chow down on some of the new food! Stella’s is expected to open some time within the next couple of weeks, and I’m sure I speak for more than myself when I say I look forward to a new restaurant on this side of town!

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