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Long-Awaited Wilson's Pub Now Open in Collinsville

Kevin Witkos stands with Barry Wilson, brother of the late Bill Wilson.
Kevin Witkos stands with Barry Wilson, brother of the late Bill Wilson.

Updated June 24, 12:45 p.m. 

Wilson’s is open!

The long-awaited Collinsville pub opened its doors Thursday evening. 

"I’m just ready to be open,” Esther Witkos said.

Esther and Kevin Witkos may be the owner/operators of the pub but are quick to point out that the operation is a team effort, from some 10 employees to friends who pitched in with their services and sweat.

“It was a community effort to open this place,” Esther Witkos said.

It’s no secret that the operation ran into a few snares along the way. After Kevin Witkos and Gregory Boyko purchased the building in May of 2012, a sign in the window said Wilson’s was coming in the fall.

But Kevin Witkos said a myriad of issues came up, including equipment problems, delivery issues, last minute construction delays and more. 

“If things could go wrong it went wrong,” he said. “Perseverance paid off."

The pub's name is homage to the late “Bill” Wilson, who ran The Fireplace Café at the 3 River St. location for numerous years.

Several members of his family were on hand for the opening.

"I think dad would be really pleased," said Bill's daughter in law Heidi Wilson. 

Hours for now are 4 to 11 p.m. The restaurant will be closed Sunday, June 30 and July 4. After the 4th of July weekend - on July 8 - Kevin Witkos said the plan is to open from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. 

Keep up with Wilson's at https://www.facebook.com/WilsonsPubCT?notif_t=fbpage_fan_invite 

 

 

Bethany Kendrick June 20, 2013 at 04:54 PM
I love seeing Bill's family at the totem! I hope the homage to Bill holds up, he was a great man and deserves nothing less, seeing his brother smiling makes me think it will! :)
Wyatt June 20, 2013 at 06:03 PM
This is great for Collinsville. Nice to have another local business!
Bethany Kendrick June 21, 2013 at 07:54 AM
So I went last night and I wanted to say that the food was fantastic! Homemade potato chips were super yummy and the menu was simple and clean. Very happy for some good pub food. Great job last night, you wouldn't have known by the service it was the first night, everyone was on their game! :)
Jeff June 21, 2013 at 10:07 AM
So where is it? An address would be nice.
John Fitts (Editor) June 21, 2013 at 11:12 AM
3 River St., Collinsville.
Stockbridge Truslow June 21, 2013 at 02:17 PM
I think that 1p.m closing time on Friday & Saturdays after July 4th is a typo.
C J H June 24, 2013 at 10:41 AM
Great place! Glad they are finally open! Best wish's to Esther, Kevin and the staff.
Michael A. D'Apice July 02, 2013 at 08:07 AM
Kevin and Esther and Gregory, Congratulations on your opening and I trust you've already got a great rhythm going. Thanks so much for bringing more folks to Cville. As you move forward, please be in touch at our Chamber of Commerce office if you'd like help with awareness-building. 860.693.0405 Best regards, Mike D'Apice - President, Canton Chamber of Commerce Insurance And Investment Solutions 860.693.4919

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