A local entrepreneur is placing his bet on downtown Waterbury. At a time when Waterbury is eager to revive downtown with new business and development, Waterbury native George L. Ricciardi is ready to invest in the future of Waterbury.

   Ricciardi hopes his newest ventures, Tryst Lounge and The Loft, will fill a niche that is missing in Waterbury nightlife. Tryst Lounge is an upscale cocktail lounge that features an eclectic rotating wine list, selection of fine scotches, and craft beers and spirits. The Loft is a casual pub and eatery that offers a full variety of beer, wine and spirits, along with a menu that puts a fun twist on traditional pub fare. “We wanted to create something different than your average local bar. I think people will find a comfortable, relaxing atmosphere at Tryst Lounge and The Loft unlike anywhere else in the area,” commented Ricciardi.

   Tryst and The Loft are located in the heart of downtown Waterbury at 34 Brook Street, the former home of the Palace Supper Club. Just steps from the Palace Theater, Tryst is nestled on the first floor street level, and The Loft is on the second floor, boasting a unique covered outdoor deck.

   Ricciardi, who also owns The Hills Restaurant, is eager to begin his new venture downtown. “I think downtown Waterbury has a lot of potential and I’m excited to be a part of its revitalization and future,” says Ricciardi.

   A public grand opening celebration is planned for Friday, November 16th at 8pm. The event will include live entertainment, drink specials, and food specials.

   Tryst Lounge and The Loft Public Grand Opening Friday, November 16, 2012 8:00pm to 1:30am Tryst Lounge and The Loft, 34 Brook Street, Waterbury, CT 06702 Free, No Cover 21+ Sophisticated, appropriate attire required.

   Tryst Lounge is a sophisticated, upscale cocktail lounge located on the first floor of 34 Brook Street in downtown Waterbury, CT. Opened in November 2012, Tryst offers guests a relaxing, chic environment to enjoy a fine selection of scotches, eclectic wine list, and craft beer and spirits. The small, intimate environment space and sleek décor create a vibe unlike any other establishment in Waterbury. Tryst Lounge is open Wednesday through Saturday evening. Owner George L. Ricciardi is a Waterbury native and also owns The Hills Restaurant and The Loft in Waterbury.

   The Loft is casual pub and eatery located on the second floor at 24 Brook Street in downtown Waterbury, CT. Opened in November 2012, The Loft offers a full selection of beer, wine and spirits along with a menu that has a twist on your standard pub fare. The casual, relaxed atmosphere includes flat screen TVs, darts, a jukebox. The Loft is open Monday through Saturday and serves food daily. Owner George L. Ricciardi is a Waterbury native and also owns The Hills Restaurant and Tryst Lounge in Waterbury.

   The Hills Restaurant is a full- service restaurant and banquet facility located on scenic Western Hills Golf Course owner and operated by the father and son partnership of George F. Ricciardi (father) and George L. Ricciardi (son) since August 4, 2000. The Hills is open to the public year round for both lunch and dinner. The Hills’ menu consists of American fare with an Italian influence. The rich wood décor of our lounge and dining room is the perfect setting for a casual snack or a fine dining experience. In season, the outdoor patio is the most scenic in the area, overlooking the 18th green of Western Hills Golf Course. The Banquet Room is a great venue for private functions for any occasion and can accommodate from thirty to one hundred and fifty guests. The Hills also offers complete off-site catering.