Where is the coffee?


Michelle's Gourmet on Main in downtown Torrington


 All of us love coffee. I know I do. My day absolutely cannot start without it. In fact, I’m such a caffeine “junkie” that it will take me a good 4-5 cups throughout the day to have that whole “get up and go” feeling. Coffee is my life, there’s no doubt about that. I search high and low just to find that perfect cup of “joe”. 

When I first moved to Torrington, I had found the absolute perfect place. Right on Main Street! Michelle’s Gourmet on Main called my name every morning. With it’s cozy atmosphere, it welcomed me with not only a great cup of coffee, but warm friendly people I can have a little conversation with before heading into work. It was a great place to network, as well as a great place to “people watch” as you watched the world pass you by on Torrington’s Main Street.  

However, a few months ago, the lights went dark at Michelle’s and off went the coffee pots. Michelle’s closed up shop. Gone like the wind. My favorite coffee shop had left me hanging. It was time to search for a new one. Torrington offers an array of unique coffee shops such as The Donut Station, Coffee House Plus, and of course Dunkin Donuts, however our Main Street coffee house, a staple in almost every downtown, was no longer available. A heartbreak to it’s faithful customers.

Interior view of Michelle's which was recently the sight for filming of an up and coming movie.


Nirvannas Healthbar , which is also downtown on Main Street, offers a unique experience and is popular with the younger generation in town, but for those who would like to go and network with others while unwinding with a good cup of java, there’s not really any place to turn to. So many in Torrington, like myself, have been wanting another coffee establishment on Main Street. It just makes sense to have one. We have the foot traffic, and we would certainly have much more foot traffic in our downtown if it were for a coffee shop. The world around us starts with coffee, and what a better place to start than on Main Street in Torrington.  

We, the avid coffee drinkers of Torrington, would love to have another coffee house in town, especially on Main Street.  Torrington is in the middle of growth. Were away from the hustle and bustle of the other Connecticut cities and we offer a great escape for those looking to get away from it all. With our small town charm, it’s no wonder why were a growing community! Torrington is often a starting point for many of the weekenders who flock to the Litchfield Hills region. In fact, the Litchfield Hills region is the second most popular tourist destination in Connecticut. We are known as “the shopping center” of Litchfield County. So much to see and do yet completely relaxed. Come on up! We’d be more than happy to have you in town! Torrington offers an array of real estate opportunities at economically priced rates. Torrington also offers you a terrific theatre, The Warner Theatre, right on Main Street in the heart of downtown and offers many world-class shows. Torrington is the city of the future and we welcome you to be a part of it! Please contact me at the information below so I may direct you to the appropriate sources.  

Michelle's offered tasty treats and frothy beverages.


Mike Valletta can be reached for comment at: NorthwestCTMike@aol.com  

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9 thoughts on “Where is the coffee?”

    1. Jeff,

      Thank-You very much, I have just went and corrected the problem with a new, revised link which leads to The Warner Theatre’s website. Unfortunately, WordPress had released some new software a few weeks ago which suggests links for certain words in an article. Although I often don’t use all of them, I may have selected this one in error.

      Thank-You again!



  1. Mike,

    As a dedicated employee of Dunkin Donuts, I must say I don’t think you’ve given us much of a chance! At our store on South Main street, you will find a variety of fresh coffee, espresso, pastry, and personality! Most of the crew has been with the store for a year or more and I promise they will entertain. Many of the regular customers pass at least one other coffee-driven establishment to come engage us in a brief conversation or to sit in the lobby and laugh at our one-liners.

    If you are seeking a place to network, stop by one morning. If you are in search of a great place to people-watch, give us a chance. And on the off-chance you are looking for a great coffee, a pumpkin muffin, and a chuckle or two, come check us out. We will not disappoint.


    1. Lydiane,

      Dunkin Donuts is a wonderful establishment and is, for the most part, in every town in America. True, people do use it as a place to network and people watch, however there are a growing amount of people who would like to see something like Michelle’s open again. It is my job to capture and tell that story. You guys are a great asset to the community. Though you are located close to downtown, you are not in the downtown, which of course we are currently in the middle of trying to revive.

      I would hope that this answers your feedback, and I would also hope that I didn’t offend you in anyway. If you would like to discuss this further, or any other discussions of course, please feel free to contact me at the information listed below.

      Thank-You again,

      -Mike Valletta
      In touch….with the Litchfield Hills. Your source for everything Litchfield County!


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