Willie Pep's goes down for the count

Published on Friday, 15 September 2017 22:22
Written by Angie DeRosa

Staff Writer

NEW BRITAIN -Willie Pep’s Corner Café closed this week.

At Wednesday’s Common Council meeting, Alderman Don Naples announced he had had the honor of eating the last sandwich served, which “was delicious.”

“We wish them well in their future endeavors,” said Naples.

The popular breakfast and luncheon spot at 366 Farmington Ave. opened in February 2015 and was owned by April Miller.

Miller is the stepdaughter of champion boxer Guglielmo Papaleo, better known as Willie Pep.

Many of the items on the menu had boxing-themed names and memorabilia of Pep’s long career hung on the walls.

Among the sandwiches the cafe sold were the Brawler (hot pastrami), the Heavyweight (steak and mozzarella cheese) and the Jab (meatballs with house-made sauce).

Miller will go on to work with her husband at Atlantic Restoration & Remodeling, a restoration service in New Britain, which also opened in 2015.

“When they moved here, they both opened up their retrospective businesses in town,” said Mayor Erin Stewart. “Well, (her) husband’s business took off and expanded exponentially, so April is closing down the shop to build upon Atlantic Restoration and do it as husband and wife.”

A request for comment from Miller was not returned.

“While we’re really sad to see those meatball sandwiches go, it’s for the betterment of another New Britain business,” Stewart said.

Angie DeRosa can be reached at 860-801-5063 or aderosa@centralctcommunications.com

Posted in New Britain Herald, , Business, General News, New Britain on Friday, 15 September 2017 22:22. Updated: Friday, 15 September 2017 22:25.