Goldmans start new venture with Copper Lantern

Lisa and Perry Goldman have taken the reins of The Copper Lantern in Sigourney, where they plan to keep a familiar menu and expand their building's options downstairs and back outside.

            When Perry and Lisa Goldman moved back into the area after Hurricane Irma got the best of their home in Naples, FL, the couple took the opportunity to try a new venture in purchasing the Copper Lantern in Sigourney. Now one month out from buying the restaurant, the Goldmans are making the best of an opportunity to reconnect with their roots in Sigourney.

            “I’m a third generation from here,” Perry Goldman said. “I graduated in 1983. The last few years when we came back for Thanksigivng we came in The Copper Lantern and liked what we saw. Owning a restaurant is something I’ve always wanted to do.”

            Though Goldman hadn’t worked in a restaurant since his high school and after his army days, the idea of trying “something else” appealed to him and his wife. Their daughter-in-law had been working at the Copper Lantern on and off recently, introducing them to the idea of owning the business snuggly located on the square in town.

            “Business has been great for us the last month,” Goldman said. “We had people that thought we were closed for renovation or getting our liquor licenses. Basically from the day we signed the deal, we were handed the keys we opened the door and away we went.”

            The couple insist that the hometown bar and grill won’t change its popular menu, and the current staff is right where they want it to be. Instead, Goldman’s vision is to renovate the building, expanding their service back downstairs for groups and parties to enjoy.

            “Basically, there is a full bar and meeting room we can have for parties to rent,” Goldman said, “My 35th class reunion is going to be down there this coming year. It’s a big area down there that’s not being used.”

            Goldman also plans to have the beer garden in the back area redone and reopened to the public. The apartments above the restaurant will also be a future project to tackle, but Goldman sees their service as the first thing to concentrate on.

            “There are some improvements needed with this building and we still want to maintain good service,” Goldman said. “My wife and I are in here all the time, just trying to help out the staff to do whatever it takes to take care of our customers.”

            The Copper Lantern is open for business Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m., Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and the kitchen is open again for steaks, appetizers and other fan-favorites on Monday once again from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. More information can be found on their Facebook page at Copper Latern Sports Bar & Grill.