Bull's Bridge Inn History 
(1991 to present)

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In 1991, Hank Zaccara purchased the Bull's Bridge Inn. He has owned Chuck's Steak House in Danbury, Connecticut, since its opening in 1972 and has built the business into a multi-million dollar a year landmark establishment in Western Connecticut. Chuck's has served nearly a thousand dinners on Friday and Saturday nights in peak seasons on a regular basis with a thriving bar and lounge business ever since.

For the initial opening, Mr. Zaccara brought his family and key members of his staff to Kent to establish the Bull's Bridge Inn and hired local contractors and residents to form his new staff, many of whom still remain to this day. Following extensive renovations and improvements to the building while retaining the original look and feel of the old building, the new incarnation of The Bull's Bridge Inn opened a few months after the purchase with a classic American menu and live entertainment.

The restaurant also provided a base for rafters and kayakers on the Housatonic, hikers on the Appalachian Trail and travelers and commuters on Route 7 (Kent Road). The restaurant is located at the Bull's Bridge Dam, home of the storied Bull's Bridge hydro-electric facility built in 1903. The dam is at the head of the Bull's Bridge Gorge, which features Level 5 rated rapids for rafters and kayakers and is a highly dangerous stretch of the Housatonic, designated so for experts only during peak water-flow periods during the year.

The Bull's Bridge Inn has remained consistent in the years since Mr. Zaccara took over, changing with the times while always maintaining the intimate, familiar charm and friendly spirit that has made it a staple in the community for well over 200 years. The restaurant quickly developed a loyal and regular following with consistent quality and service, also playing host to numerous weddings and special occasions, creating memories for many to last a lifetime.

Mr. Zaccara's son, Tom, has been the general manager, executive chef and constant presence at the restaurant since he and his father opened. Tom is a graduate of The College of Culinary Arts at Johnson & Wales University and has honed his craft in fine dining establishments throughout the United States. He continues to experiment with specials on the Bull's Bridge menu on a constantly revolving basis including cuisines from around the world.

Reservations are not necessary although recommended at the Bull's Bridge Inn. The atmosphere is casual, and whether patrons are looking for a quiet, romantic setting, have dinner at the bar, or reserve a private section for a group gathering, the Bull's Bridge Inn can spell the perfect destination for a night out with family, friends or a couple on their first date.


         

 


Hours of Operation:
Monday-Thursday  5:00-9:00
Friday  5:00-9:30
Saturday  Noon-9:30
Sunday  Noon-9:00

Phone: 860-927-1000 - Fax: 860-927-1467
333 Kent Road (Route 7) 
Kent, CT 06757
Office contact:
bbirestaurant@gmail.com

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