171 Main St, Monroe, CT 06468
Back in the year 1972, Frank and Joyce Pelligra relocated their young family from New York to Connecticut following their dream of opening a family steakhouse, ultimately leading them to a beautiful house in Monroe. This home was previously occupied by Mr. Stanley Joyce and his family, a man well remembered in the community for his many talents which ranged from cabinet making to automotive and even aircraft repair. The Pelligras found a temporary home in the building’s second floor, while renovating the first into a cozy restaurant setting. From the photo memory wall to the Anvil, the restaurant was filled with local antiques that deepen The Smithy’s warmth and charm to this day. When they opened to the people of Monroe in 1973, Joyce’s recipes became a local staple as Frank, Sr. welcomed all of their new friends through the door.
In 1994, their son Frank would take over the reins with his longtime friend Steven Scinto. Together, for over 20 years, they continued The Smithy Tradition and preserved all of Mrs. Pelligra’s recipes. When finally facing retirement, they wanted to make sure that The Smithy would thrive and sought tirelessly to find new owners that shared their and the community’s passion for this restaurant’s history.
In February 2020, Maureen and Ron Hanley became The Smithy’s new owners and caretakers, but would shortly be faced with a great challenge. Committed to ensuring that the restaurant would survive amidst unprecedented circumstances, great care was taken in organizing and preserving decades of business. Smithy patrons, both new and old, never stopped showing their support by dining, laughing and sharing stories with new ownership. One such story details how the original owner of this house, Jerome Nichols, practiced as a blacksmith, which inspired our well-loved Smithy name.
Your friends at The Smithy welcome you to come in, take a step back into the timeless, inviting atmosphere and enjoy the same wonderful recipes which have been served up for 50 years.