As 2021 came to a close, EasySpeak Spirits in Milford began preparing for big plans in 2022.
The restaurant and distillery closed on the former M&T Bank building in December, after it had been on the market for nearly two years. Earlier in 2021, EasySpeak owners Zach and Marissa King purchased the Penney Square building at the opposite corner of Walnut and Front streets.
Marissa King said the plan at this point is to have Penney Square be a mixed-use facility with a restaurant, shops and apartments. She said she did not want to discuss detailed plans for the former bank, which will require significant renovation, until work was further along.
King said EasySpeak will continue to operate its flagship distillery and restaurant on Route 14, which opened in 2017.
The bank building has been right in the center of downtown Milford for more than 100 years. It was purchased to become a Touch of Italy location in 2016, but those plans did not come to fruition and the building was put back up for sale in 2019.