The doors are opening Wednesday at the Bank Street Tavern, an upscale eatery in New Milford.

The long-anticipated debut of the Bank Street restaurant will be hosted by business partners Chad Yonker and Thomas Pietroski, who started work on the former Forsythia Restaurant at the beginning of the year.

After a few delays, they now have the tavern ready for business.

They will open at 5 p.m. that afternoon, in conjunction with The Taste of New Milford, a Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce event, and will also have a booth on the Village Green.

"I've had a lot of experience with construction projects, so I expect delays," said Mr. Yonker, who purchased the Forsythia in 2008. "We wanted to do things the right way, first class -- and when you do that, it takes more time."

Mr. Yonker said pushing back the opening enabled the owners to assemble a top-notch staff of professional chefs and managers.

Silvia Bianco, the Director of Special Events, brings 15 years of experience in event planning -- 10 years of that as owner-chef of the successful Biscotti restaurant in Ridgefield.

A cookbook author who has appeared on The Today Show and been written about in The Wall Street Journal, Ms. Bianco will also be in charge of off-site catering and team-building events for businesses.

Executive Chef Michael Galgano brings 30 years of experience as both a chef and restaurant owner of establishments from Florida to Connecticut. He most recently helped opened Bluu in Danbury.

"The menus will have seasonal changes," Mr. Galgano said. "I use 270 ingredients, creating 75 items for the menu. Ninety percent of everything will be made from scratch."

He noted there will also be house standards that patrons can look forward to each visit.

The first floor enjoys a pub-tavern atmosphere, with French blue booths accented by wainscotting and a leaded glass door. The menu for lunch is of "comfort foods," including fish & chips, shepherd's pie and a variety of burgers and sandwiches.

During the evening, dining will be more elegant. Mr. Yonker believes it will "rival some of the best restaurants in the area. We want this to be a comfortable place for people to come with exciting food offerings," he said.

The second-floor bar and dining area will be the site of live entertainment on an occasional basis: jazz and unplugged acoustic will be among the performances.

A private room on the second floor can be booked for meetings and has audio-visual presentation capability.

Whether looking for a cooking class, held on premises by Chef Silvia, or wanting an evening out to hear a guest speaker while eating a multi-coursed meal, the Bank Street Tavern hopes to offer something for everyone.

The Bank Street Tavern, located at 31 Bank St. in New Milford, will serve lunch and dinner seven days a week.

Opening each day at 11:30 a.m., the kitchen will close Sunday through Thursday at 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday at 11 p.m.

The bar will be open until legal closing time. For further information, call 860-799-7991 or visit (the website will soon be up).