WALLINGFORD — Calcagni Real Estate is working on a move of its own.
Calcagni is relocating its offices on North Main Street Extension to the center of the town, repurposing a portion of the space occupied by Gaetano’s Tavern on Simpson Court.
“We are so excited to bring Calcagni’s commitment to the community to downtown Wallingford,” said Calcagni President Antonio Liguori in an announcement on the agency’s website. “Moving to North Main Street will allow a new level of accessibility for our clients and other residents of Wallingford. Being in such a walkable location means we can provide the stellar level of service people have come to expect from Calcagni in fresh and meaningful ways.”
The company has seen a record number of home sales over the past year and has hired new team members and the “customized retrofit of its new office space allows the company to meet the needs of today’s homebuyers and sellers while planning for the future,” according to the announcement. The company also has offices in Cheshire, Southington, North Haven, Guilford and Stratford.
At its new location, 36-40 N. Main St., Calcagni will have full office space on the second floor, around a media and training room complete with cameras, a green screen, lighting and microphones for agents showcasing their clients’ properties. The media room will be able to hold 30 to 40 people, in addition to flexible drop zones for agents and additional corporate office space on the upper floor.
The first floor will be an open concept featuring a 16-person table donated by Choate Rosemary Hall, barstool seating for agents and clients to work with laptops and conference rooms.
The media room will also be available to community groups and companies in town to hold meetings and classes.
“We want this space to truly be a part of what makes historical Wallingford so charming,” Liguori said. “As such, we’ll have seating areas outside where people can relax and enjoy North Main Street, free WiFi for anyone who needs it, and our doors will be open to the public to help them navigate their real estate needs with the marketing and tech acuity for which we’re known.”
Debbie Pacileo, one of the owners of Gaetano’s Tavern, said their building was purchased by a new landlord who wanted to open a second storefront where the restaurant’s banquet room is currently located.
According to town records, the building was purchased by Barnes Homestead on Dec. 29, 2019. State records list John Williams and Stephanie Stiefel, both of Guilford, as the principals of the LLC.
While she was reluctant to lose a significant portion of the restaurant’s seating area, she agreed to a proposal from the property owner to relinquish the space in exchange for assistance in renovating the rest of the restaurant. A number of tables have to be replaced after being damaged over the summer while placed outdoors and she might also replace some flooring and repaint the interior.
“We won't be able to have really large parties anymore, but with the way things are right now it might be a good thing for us,” Pacileo said.