I spent a great deal of time and money in Brittingham's back in the early and mid '90s. It was a great place to go for a young man on a very fixed income to go for a good meal or pint or to bring a date that you were trying to impress. There was a lovely little dining room, a stone-walled old pub and a huge dancing/music hall for large parties and live music. Frank the owner would sit on a barstool near the front door and greet people and keep a careful eye on the servers and bartenders. It was a great old place that lent a nod to the 200+ year history of the building going all the way back to colonial times, Washington and Lafayette. Well, the place was sold in the '90s and quickly fell apart. The food became microwaved and awful and the place was crawling with cockroaches. I finally walked out and never went back. The place has been closed for several months and has undergone extensive renovations. It doesn't resemble the old watering hole at all and Frank Brittingham wouldn't recognize it, but I think he would be pleased. The restaurant is interestingly laid out with plenty of room for drinking and talking, although it gets very loud. There is an area that can be used for live music and plenty of rooftop seating. There is a large open-air bar area surrounded by fiery accents that keeps things warm in the evening. We sat outside and were very comfortable. The service is prompt and attentive, the Smithwick's is cold and tasty, the fish and chips and Irish coffee and desserts are fresh and very good and the pub food and drinks are reasonably priced. Brittingham's has a lot of great memories for me and I'm happy to see that instead of being bulldozed over for another CVS or Walgreens, the owners have invested heavily in this wonderful old landmark and it is poised to enter a new era for a new generation of patrons to make their own memories.
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