Worth Knowing: Looks like Stella's in Lyme is not re-opening after all . . .
Bob and Denby Coyle opened Stella's Italian Kitchen & Market in Lyme in 2008. Locals were thrilled to have another dining option that didn't involve driving more than 10 miles, and the long waits that were often required to get a table underscored that feeling. Stella's offered a specialty food store and deli, as well as a cozy bar and restaurant painted a warm yellow and filled with paintings by local artists. Stella's served lunch and dinner. The menu featured salads, various pasta dishes, thin-crust pizza and an assortment of chicken, steak and veal dishes. The bar served a selection of craft beers, and the wine list included a nice variety.
Stella's owners announced that they were closing "temporarily" in June. They told their patrons that they would reopen in a few weeks when some staffing issues had been repaired. To the chagrin of many, Stella's never opened.
When Stella's opened in 2008, the only other dining option in Lyme was at The Lyme Inn and both the food and the hours there were unpredictable. Since then, The Lyme Inn has come under new ownership and Chef Martin Murphy moved his much-loved restaurant Ariana's to the Lyme Inn in January 2018. In addition, The Latham House Tavern opened next door to Stella's at Dowd's Country Inn in July 2016.
The Coyles own the building that housed Stella's, and it's now for sale for $1.25 million. There is also a Ledyard National Bank branch, U.S. Post Office and hardware store in the building, as well as commercial and residential space upstairs.
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