Story has it that Tradesmen from New Haven, Goshen, Albany, and as far north as Vermont were the frequent customers of this tavern during the late 1700s as they distributed cheese, oysters, cattle, and horses to and from local ports. This building was originally located at the foot of Academy Hill on Main Street near land where the Watertown Library now stands. The tavern was an old stage coach stop, once called one of the most popular taverns in Connecticut according to the book “Watertown, Then and Now”. The building was constructed by Noah Judd and his son who ran the tavern for many years before selling it to James Bishop, a local farmer and merchant.

The tavern was the central trading post for tradesmen and farmers who came from outlying towns. Residents and guests paid $1.50 a week to live here. One guest, General Merrit Heminway who boarded here would one day own the tavern.

Mr. Heminway later purchased the property in 1840 from Mr. Bishop and continued to run the tavern until the 1860s at its Main Street Location. It was at this time that the tavern was moved to its current Echo Lake Road location. Heminway had established his family-owned factory, Heminway & Sons Silk Company. The upper stories of the tavern were converted to tenements for his factory employees. The building was eventually converted into apartments and there was no tavern for many years.

Joseph Daveluy purchased the building in the 1920s while it was still being used as a boarding house for workers. Daveluy, originally from Canada arranged to bring people from Canada to Watertown to work at the factory. Daveluy ran a grocery store out of the basement and later added the large dinning room to the structure to open a restaurant.

Following the end of prohibition in 1932 Daveluy’s was once again transformed back into a tavern, becoming the local hot spot to eat, drink, kick back and relax. Daveluy’s remained a family run business for almost 90 years when in late 2009 Matt Deziel purchased the property from the Daveluy family and a new chapter began in this building’s long lasting heritage. Now you can watch your favorite sports teams or next big race on our 8 flat screen HDTVs while trying any of our 8 delicious beers on tap or a bottle from our newly expanded beer selection. Pair your perfect drink with one of our amazing menu items or famous pizzas. Mix in a house full of friends and you’ll have a Daveluy’s experience to remember!

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  1. Daveluys is awesome!!

    Comment by Joe on July 20, 2011 at 4:11 pm

  2. The best pizza around! And the bartenders are the greatest!

    Comment by Reene on July 27, 2011 at 4:20 pm

  3. My children gave me a birthday party Sunday, July 21, 2013. Everyone loved the food and the service was great. I have to say the salads were excellent. The meatballs were better than I ever had. Thank you

    Comment by Rosalie Kaczmarek on July 24, 2013 at 8:16 pm

  4. My parents used to take my sister and I out to dinner here when we were kids or we’d get takeout. Now I take my kids here. I love that it’s still around and just like it used to be… and the pizza is great too. I love when you get out of the car and can smell the pizza from the parking lot! Additions to the menu have been great, as well. No longer just a pizza joint!…but a fun place all around.

    Comment by Paula Marunas on January 16, 2014 at 3:02 pm

  5. Visited website today March 16,2014 for first time. Remembering like it was yesterday the days myself Dan Konopelski, brother TR. Konopelski and many friends of our’s working in the kitchen for the Daveluy family. Never before considering the long, amazing, lengthy history of the building. Couldn’t believe the long list of great people who have come and gone through this common place we now know as Daveluy’s. Writing to say I feel lucky to have been part of such a rich and prosperous history. Good luck, and long live Daveluy’s.

    Comment by Dan Konopelski on March 16, 2014 at 6:21 pm

  6. I was introduced to Daveluy’s when I worked at CAMP MATACHUA …. I later became a son of Matachua..and on fridays we would (camp and waterfront staff….I was waterfront…Craig Czarsty was camp and also a son of Matachua)..and it was our main purpose to drink a lot of beer (age was 18 way back then :-) ) and drive Lucille crazy…and have pizza and meatball and cheese grinders…I still come back there on a regular basis as althought I now live in RI I have a small farm on Fox rd in Woodbury….so visit there alot….I will always come back :-)

    Comment by George Olear on February 5, 2015 at 4:20 pm