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Gale Motor Co. Pitstop 
Address: Mel’s Funway Park, 454 Charles Bancroft Highway, Litchfield
Hours: Regular hours are not yet set; call or see Facebook page for current hours. 
Visit: galemotoreatery.com, or search “Gale Motor Co. Eatery” on Facebook. 
Call: 420-8056
 




Making a Pitstop
Gale Motor Co. opens second location in Litchfield

05/04/17
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



 One year after opening in downtown Manchester, tapas restaurant Gale Motor Co. Eatery celebrated the opening of its second location, the Gale Motor Co. Pitstop, in Litchfield last month. 

The new restaurant is located inside Mel’s Funway Park, a family-friendly fun park with activities like minigolf, laser tag, batting cages and arcade games. The space had been vacant for some time and has a history of fleeting businesses, but Stacey Murphy, who owns the restaurants with her husband David Spagnuolo, said she believes the Pitstop will change that trend. 
“So far, so good,” she said. “It’s been really busy with the locals. Before, there was nowhere to take your family to get good food in that area. Now, people have a place to go without having to drive for miles. It’s nice for them to have that.” 
The Pitstop has adopted the original Gale Motor Co.’s “culinary fusion” concept, drawing from a variety of cuisine styles, primarily in the form of small plates. 
Much of the menu is the same, but the new location features expanded options for elevated fair-style foods including burgers and sliders, pizza, tacos, fried potatoes and various snacks. Hot dog sliders, a sweet and spicy burger, Sriracha garlic fried potatoes and a pulled pork pizza are a few of the things you’ll find on the menu. 
“We’ve taken our brand and made it more family-friendly, but still adult-worthy,” Murphy said. “It’s fun food, and ‘culinary fusion’ means we can play with cool flavors and do new, unique twists on old things.” 
The drink menu has the same kind of craft cocktails, wine and draft beer as the Manchester restaurant, plus the addition of bottled beers. The Pitstop is also in the process of building a tiki bar, which Murphy expects to be up and running later this month.  
“That way, it’s an experience for the whole family, and there’s something to entertain everyone,” she said. “Parents can come enjoy an afternoon [at the tiki bar] and have a good time for themselves, too, instead of just watching their kids run through the park.” 
Murphy said it’s always been the plan to open more Gale Motor Co. restaurants — ideally, as many as five — and that the space at Mel’s “just fit” what she and Spagnuolo envisioned for their second location. Their plan, she said, is to open a third restaurant by next year, but for now, they’re focused on settling in at the Pitstop. 
There are no set hours of operation as of yet; you can call and ask or check the Gale Motor Co. Eatery Facebook page for the current hours. This summer, once the park is open full-time and the Pitstop has had some time to get established, the restaurant will serve lunch and dinner seven days a week. 





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