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Killingworth, CT - Historic Restaurant & Inn

249 Route 81 - Killingsworth, Connecticut

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Why Buy This Property

A Historic 1860 Freestanding Restaurant & Inn or Alternative Commercial  Use - This high-traffic location is ideal for continued restaurant and Inn or other commercial use.

Start Your Business Now:  Most recently operated as a cafe and bed and breakfast.  The purchase price includes all furniture in place both commercial and residential.  The purchaser also has the option of buying the Killingworth Cafe brand.

Available for Lease:  The property can also be leased for $5,500 per month for a minimum term of 3 years with an option to purchase.


This prime location is excellent for a wide variety of commercial uses with requirements for easy access and high visibility,  The property is at the rotary interchange of Routes 80 and 81.  There is one curb cut on the rotary and one on Route 81.  The location is just east of the Chatfield Hollow and Forster Pond State Parks.

  • 4,825 sq. ft. - Total Finished Space
  • 3,797 sq. ft. - Private Living Space
  • 18 Rooms, 7 Bedrooms, 3 Full Baths 
  • Area - 2.25 acres
  • HVAC - Central air conditioning and radiator heat
  • Utilities - Electric, telephone, cable, private well, septic
  • Zoning - CD (Neighborhood Center District)
  • County - Middlesex
  • Real Estate Taxes - $8,259
  • Excellent visibility and access

This is historic property’s history and character date back to prohibition and the birth of the speakeasy. Killingworth Cafe gained much publicity in 2018 upon the former operator’s celebration of their 25th anniversary. The same year the Town of Killingworth celebrated its 350th anniversary. The owner erected the sign near the Rt 81 Rotary that reads "Millions of Calories Served."

The property has operated as a home and a bed & breakfast, a church parsonage, general store, and post office." For decades the Cafe was a super success serving home cooking culinary dishes & a "Cheers-Esque" pub. In 2019, the owners retired with fond memories of operating this town pub. The original bar and back bar are intact and complement the vintage décor and furnishings together with the original tables. The restaurant’s kitchen requires renovation, including a new compliant hood.

The attached residence features many windows allowing the sun to flow into the generous size rooms. There are 7 bedrooms, 3 full baths, and a total of 3,797 SF of living area. The sleeping chambers are enhanced with antiques, window treatments, bureaus, beds, and furnishings. Outside there is a deck and a 2.2-acre yard.

The opportunities for this property are extensive. The next owner may continue its operation as an iconic restaurant and bed and breakfast or transform it back into a private residence with plenty of entertainment space and parking for their friends. 

Property Location

List Price


Open House Dates

Contact Jennifer Swerdlick (860) 280-8610.  The property is available for inspection by appointment only.  Registration and government-issued identification required at each property viewing.

Please do not contact the Seller or enter the property at other times without permission.

Contact Us

  Fine & Company LLC
  Jennifer Swerdlick


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Other Information

Licensing : Fine & Company LLC Licensed Connecticut Real Estate Broker

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