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Curtis House Set to be Sold, Renovated, and Renamed

The Curtis House Inn may be sold as early as Tuesday to the Southbury couple who owns The Evergreen Inn.

WOODBURY – After years of trying to sell itself, it appears that The Curtis House Inn will have new owners.

Jennifer Cascone has confirmed that she and her husband, Brian Cascone, will close on the 506 Main St. S. location either Tuesday or Wednesday.

The Cascones, who own The Evergreen Inn in Southbury, plan to close the business for about 30 days to make renovations to the building, according to a published report by the Republican-American. The article indicates that most of the renovations will be to the basement Café City Hall, which will receive bathrooms and a new bar.

The Curtis House Inn will be renamed The Evergreen Inn and Tavern, and the Cascones’s Southbury property which will now be called Evergreen Bed and Breakfast.

The Curtis House Inn is the oldest inn in Connecticut. It was established in 1754 and has been owned by the Hardisty family since 1954. In 2017, there was a plan in place for owner Chris Hardisty to sell to an LLC which wanted to turn it into a Sober House. At the end of 2018, a former Olympic figure skater planned to acquire The Curtis House and make extensive renovations to it.

The Cascones have been in the catering business since 2002 and became owners of the John Moselely house in Southbury in 2017, which they re-named The Evergreen Inn.

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  • Henry Bissonnette says:

    I think that giving up the Curtis House name and brand will be giving up not only many years of history, but of loyalty from people and not just from just the older generation. While we did have relatives even back in the fifties who regularly made the drive from upstate New York to dine there, I still have friends down in Fairfield County who have made this their favorite restaurant and celebrate all of their family events, anniversaries, birthdays, there with their young children. It is a last bastion at least in this area of comfort foods like pot roast and Indian pudding and that’s why, in a town full of restaurants with “modern” and “innovative” cuisines, its departure will leave something missing. I would also think that in a town so concerned with its history that changing the name entirely will be forsaking the inn’s provenance and forgetting about its loyal followers who have kept it alive in Woodbury all these many years.

    • Henry Bissonnette says:

      I meant to add that I might suggest that the new owners consider naming their place Evergreen Inn at the Curtis House to preserve some of that provenance. HB

      • Tim Parry says:

        Henry, I think calling it Evergreen Inn at The Curtis House is an excellent way to keep the tradition of the landmark while moving forward as a new business.

  • Jon Thulin says:

    I would like to see the new owners keep the Curtis House name. I grew up across the street from the Curtis House at 495 Main Street South. My brother and I would walk across the street and get a plated meal to take home. When we had a nice collection of flatware and dishes, we would take them back. The Curtis House name is part of Woodbury. Good luck and best wishes to the new owners.

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