MYSTIC — Bravo Bravo Restaurant will stay in its longtime location on the first floor of the Whaler’s Inn through late 2018, when construction of the restaurant’s new building across the street is expected to be completed.
Amy Munoz, assistant general manager of the Whaler’s Inn, 20 East Main St., made the announcement last week, ending speculation about Bravo Bravo’s location during the construction of its new 7,500 square foot building. The new location will comprise a main level restaurant and two upper-level residential units at 19 East Main St.
Bravo Bravo Owner Carol Kanabis and her family have owned the property for many years and received final approval of the project from the Planning and Zoning Commission on Sept. 5. The new space, designed by architect Mark A. Comeau, of Stonington, will have 80 indoor and 24 outdoor seats. The parking lot will have 21 spaces, with two designated for the two apartments.
The restaurant has been located at the inn since 1992. The impetus to move stemmed in part from the Whaler’s Inn’s decision to begin development of its own restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner and offering room service and catering for large gatherings such as rehearsal dinners and conferences.
Developing its own restaurant is just one of the inn’s changes, which include phased room renovations across its five buildings and an expansion into what was Mallove’s of Mystic, located around the corner at 1 Cottrell St. The Mallove’s jewelry store will move to 4 Holmes St., in a space now occupied by Puffins, an art and jewelry store.
The inn completed its first round of renovations in 2016, redoing 24 of its 48 rooms, and is working on 16 more rooms this fall, according to Amanda Arling, general manager. The inn’s three-story main building was built in 1912. The other structures, were built in 1865 (a house), and in 1979 and 2002.
Arling said the relationship between Bravo Bravo and the inn would continue to be friendly. “We appreciate the many years shared together at The Whaler’s Inn and are very excited for the evolution of Restaurant Bravo Bravo,” she said.
The new restaurant at the inn is expected to open in the spring of 2019 and will be open to both the public and hotel guests.