Willie Connolly's dream for the Shepaug Pub and Restaurant is that it will one day be the stop area sports fans need to make to watch the big games.

A sports enthusiast himself, Mr. Connolly has had two large flat-screen TVs installed, and has hung photos of athletes in action around the Washington Depot pub.

"Any night a big game is on, fans can stop by and know the game will be on the flat screens," said Mr. Connolly, who is a graduate of Shepaug Valley High School and grew up in Washington Depot. "We're looking forward to the fall, when the Giants, Jets or Patriots are on."

General manager John Lynch oversees the day-to-day at the pub, located on the site recently vacated by J.D. Tucker and previously home over the years to other food-and-drink establishments.

Chef Larry Kozlowski turns out standard pub fare, as well as Italian specialties and daily specials. One day last week, he offered a cheddar ale soup, an original recipe.

Behind the polished wood bar, expert mixologist Robin Garth dispenses wines, domestic, imported and micro brew beers as well as mixed drinks. Eight beers and ales are offered on draft.

"We're trying to get all ages in," Mr. Lynch said. "The site was built so you enter the pub first, but our dining room is kid friendly and our pub crowd is quiet and respectful."

"You might hear fans cheering for their teams," he added, "but that's about as noisy as it gets."

Prices are kept "affordable," Mr. Connolly said. "We don't want to out-price anyone. We want families to come and enjoy a good meal without lightening their wallet."

Making the Shepaug Pub and Restaurant part of the Washington community is paramount in Mr. Connolly and Mr. Lynch's goals.

"We're hoping to get pictures of local athletes from the area high schools and private schools," Mr. Lynch said, "pennants from the schools' teams."

The Shepaug Pub and Restaurant, located at 38 Bee Brook Road in Washington Depot, is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to closing. Happy Hours are Tuesdays through Fridays from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Starting in the fall, the pub and restaruant will also be open Mondays for Monday night football.