The East Side Restaurant has been continuously family owned and operated on the same site for over 70 years. Steffi and Eddie Walters were the original owners. They established the restaurant, formerly a grocery store, back in the days when trolleys ran on Dwight Street. When they sold the restaurant to Bill and Ruth Bloethe, the Walters moved on to running the successful Dock and Dine in Old Saybrook. The Bloethes ran the restaurant for over 40 years while raising their four children. They expanded the original booth side to include the Heidelberg dining room. They also commissioned the mural in the dining room. Local artist, Kenneth Larson, utilized the grapes and wooden plaques (symbols of Old Heidelberg), in a classical style to transform the dining room into a terrace overlooking the ancient city. Their festive demeanor is captured by the brilliant jewel-like colors and vivid details.