The dream of creating a tradition has motivated the family of the late John Kapetanopoulos to open a restaurant called the Iron Rail along Railroad Street in the New Milford village center.

Across the street from the historic railroad station, the site is 10 Railroad Street, since the late 19th century known as the longtime home to the Young’s Hotel. In recent decades, several restaurants have held court there.

John Kapetanopoulos opened the Holiday Restaurant in New Milford in 1964 and then was a principal in the Trackside Cafe at 10 Railroad St. for a few years in the early 1980s.

Now his son, Konstantine Kapetanopoulos, known to most as Chuck, and his family have opened the Iron Rail.

The new restaurant opened June 15 with Chuck Kapetanopoulos’ son, Yiannis, serving as manager.

“I used to be here when I was a child,” Chuck Kapetanopoulos said. “It was my son pushing me to be in New Milford that resulted in The Iron Rail being opened as our second family-run restaurant.”

The Kapetanopoulos family has owned and operated the Kent Pizza Garden in Kent for 32 years.

The iconic mahogany bar, dating to 1902, has been preserved in the Iron Rail and the original brickwork walls are in full glory.

The original tin ceiling remains, now painted a warm, rich brown.

“We’re going for a classic rustic look,” Yiannis Kapetanopoulos said. “We want to create a friendly, family atmosphere where everybody can gather and enjoy themselves.”

Prices are affordable with dinners from $14 for roasted seasonal veggie pasta to $15 for grilled marinated chicken breast, or $25 for grilled ribeye steak.

The children’s menu offers pasta with butter for $3 to chicken fingers with French fries for $6.

Chef Michael Chase previously cooked at a Litchfield County restaurant.

He adds a “creative twist” to traditional dishes with offerings such as the Blazing Saddle burger with roasted jalapeno, avocado, cheddar cheese and smoky red pepper ranch aioli.

“We’re doing a twist on some classic dishes, making them our own,” Chase said. “Our Sunday brunch menu will be switched up from time to time, with dishes like waffles with chicken, and Scotch eggs.”

Weekend specials include prime rib dinner for $25 every Friday and Saturday

Connecticut craft brew beers and Sunday brunch bottomless mimosas are the restaurant’s signature beverage offerings.

The Iron Rail is open Mondays through Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Sunday brunch is offered from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For information, call 860-799-5606.

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