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. Purchasing a beautiful town house in Monroe, the Pelligras found a temporary home in the building’s second floor, while renovating the bottom floor 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 their doors finally opened to the people of Monroe, 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. Pelligras 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, and 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. While cleaning out the office files, many wonderful things were discovered. Some of these included handwritten recipes of Mrs. Pelligra’s, her financial journal entries, business letters and even aged table seating charts for the many wonderful events that were hosted there.
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 almost 50 years.