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Norwich — Scott Capano, co-owner of the Harp & Dragon Irish pub, was named Tuesday as the 2014 winner of the Ronald Aliano Service to Norwich Award.
Capano will be honored for his “distinguished service contributing toward the development of the City of Norwich” by the service award committee. Capano will receive the award during the annual ceremony June 5 as part of the annual fireworks silent auction fundraiser at the Marina at American Wharf at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. All proceeds benefit the July 4 fireworks festival.
A press conference with Capano and the Service Award Committee will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Harp and Dragon, 130 Main St.
Capano and his business partners acquired a small decaying and condemned Main Street building in 2006 and transformed it into the Irish pub. They later expanded into the adjacent building and have since purchased a third Main Street building now undergoing renovations.
“In addition to renovating a historic building that was previously destined to be torn down, they had to change the perception of downtown in an area where the neighborhood was vacant on weekends,” the service committee announcement said. “It was a risky venture.”
Capano also is a key supporter of the Rock the Docks Summer Concert Series, the annual July 4 fireworks festival and, this year, the inaugural St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival.