About Market Place
Welcome to Market Place Tavern
Market Place Tavern at the old Litchfield Jail, located at 7 North Street, Litchfield, CT., is now open seven days a week from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. except for Friday and Saturday nights when the kitchen remains open until 11 p.m.
Market Place Tavern is the latest concept and restaurant for Market Hospitality Group (MHG). The Tavern which overlooks the Litchfield Green, is the oldest public building in town and one of the oldest penal facilities in the state. It was built in 1812 to serve as a jail for British prisoners during the War of 1812. A cell block and a three-story wing with additional cell blocks, which now is part of the restaurant’s bar area, was added in 1846. The jail closed in 1992 and was used as a treatment center for men serving prison sentences. It shut down again in 1993 and reopened in 1994 as a rehabilitation center for women facing incarceration. When that center closed, the state decided to sell it.
The interior was designed to preserve the integrity and history of the building. The jail cells overlooking the three-story bar are still intact, as are the bars on the windows that face the Litchfield Green. A mix of comfortable leather booths, iron accents, warm brick and barn wood complete the look.
The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and features “American Tavern Food” with Craft Beers and Cocktails made with local spirits. We look forward to seeing you!
General Manager: Greg Garofalo
Executive Chef: Roy Khalil