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Blue Plate Kitchen, a West Hartford “modern comfort fare” restaurant in the town’s Bishops Corner retail area, will close permanently at the end of service on Aug. 30. Owners Jay DuMond and Lisa Cole said they made the decision to close because of the effects of COVID-19 and related restrictions on dining.

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The owners of River: A Waterfront Restaurant and Bar in Wethersfield will introduce a new sister concept in its space overlooking the Connecticut River. Tequila Rio, a Mexican cantina, will open in early to mid-August.

Summer visitors to Mystic will find two new projects from Sift Bake Shop’s Adam Young: an expanded rooftop deck bar with cocktails and small plates, and a brand-new doughnut shop on West Main Street.

Haven Hot Chicken, featuring Nashville-style fried chicken, will open in New Haven this fall at 21 Whitney Avenue.

If it seems like a new brewery opens in Connecticut every week, that's not far off.

Connecticut wine destinations: signature vintages and special releases, live entertainment, gourmet food options.

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