Slowly but surely, eateries damaged by Tropical Storm Irene are getting back in gear. On December 17, the Green Mountain Coffee Visitor Center & Café  celebrates the recovery of the historic Waterbury Train Station with an all-day grand reopening. At 3:15 p.m., says manager Missy Gorham, “We are planning for a toast to the community to say thank you for their patience and support over the months of the rebuilding.”
The basement of the 1875 building was flooded in August, destroying most of the café’s equipment. Gorham credits Revitalizing Waterbury, which also celebrates its 20th anniversary at the event, with helping the building recover.
The 20-seat eatery remains a locavore destination, with quiches and other lunch items brought over from Michael’s on the Hill , plus decadent desserts such as coconut cream pie and whoopie pies from Grenier’s Garden & Bakery .