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New in the neighborhood: A look at restaurants and other businesses that have opened in the Hartford area

What’s new in the neighborhood?

Keep up on the latest restaurant, retail and other business openings in the Hartford area.

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Dining
Wings come dressed in housemade sauces and rubs, left. Pan seared sea scallops served over vegetable risotto.
Wings come dressed in housemade sauces and rubs, left. Pan seared sea scallops served over vegetable risotto. (Lindsay Bukowinski / Hartford Courant)
Piggy’s Cafe

69 Hawthorn St., Hartford

Piggy’s Cafe, a mainstay neighborhood bar on Hartford’s Hawthorn Street, has reopened with a revamped space and menu, featuring everything from starters to dessert and, of course, wings. Read more here.

Guapo Nachos and an Almost Legal rice bowl.
Guapo Nachos and an Almost Legal rice bowl. (Lindsay Bukowinski / Hartford Courant)
El Pollo Guapo

26 Front St., Hartford

El Pollo Guapo, Wethersfield’s popular rotisserie chicken concept, opened its second restaurant Dec. 5 on Front Street in Hartford. The menu remains largely the same with a few additional side dishes. The Hartford eatery also serves beer and wine. Read more here.

A fresh seafood display allows patrons to select their choice of whole fish.
A fresh seafood display allows patrons to select their choice of whole fish. (Lindsay Bukowinski / Hartford Courant)
Balos

46 S. Main St., West Hartford

Balos is a unique new restaurant in West Hartford’s Blue Back Square — an upscale estiatorio that steps away from casual gyros and souvlaki to focus on more stylish Greek and Mediterranean cuisine, spotlighting fresh fish and seafood. Read more here.

The Capricciosa is baked at about 1000 degrees for about a minute in an imported Italian wood-fired oven at Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana in Pasadena.
The Capricciosa is baked at about 1000 degrees for about a minute in an imported Italian wood-fired oven at Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana in Pasadena. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)
1000 Degree Pizza

2941 Main St., Glastonbury

1000 Degree Pizza, a build-your-own pizza chain, opened in the “Shops On Main” development in Glastonbury in October. Read more here.

"It's wonderful here," says Wesleyan film department professor Marc Longenecker about Perkatory Coffee Roasters in the North End of Middletown.
"It's wonderful here," says Wesleyan film department professor Marc Longenecker about Perkatory Coffee Roasters in the North End of Middletown. (Patrick Raycraft / Hartford Courant)
Perkatory Coffee Roasters

725 Main St., Unit 23, Middletown

Perkatory Coffee Roasters has opened up in the old Trolley Barn building in Middletown’s North End neighborhood in mid-September. Espresso, cappuccino, latte, cold brew and other coffee shop staples are available alongside freshly-roasted beans to go. Read more here.

Smoked baby back ribs pictured with a vinegar-based coleslaw, left, and a mayo-dressed coleslaw, at Que.
Smoked baby back ribs pictured with a vinegar-based coleslaw, left, and a mayo-dressed coleslaw, at Que. (Lindsay Bukowinski / Hartford Courant)
Que Whiskey Kitchen

461 Queen St., Southington

Que Whiskey Kitchen has taken over the former TD Homer’s sports bar and features a menu of slow-smoked meats and other indulgent specialties, a bar with creative cocktails and 350 varieties of bourbons and whiskeys. Read more here.

Rush Bowls is now open on Hartford's Front Street.
Rush Bowls is now open on Hartford's Front Street.
Rush Bowls

15 Front St., Hartford

This fast-casual chain location within the the University of Connecticut’s downtown Hartford campus, offers a menu of fruit bowls, smoothies and other healthy options. Read more here.

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Sweet Dreams Deli and Bakery in New Britain formally opened with a ceremony Wednesday. From left, co-owners Hope Gregory and Gail Asadow speak with Alderman Kristian Rosado and Mayor Erin Stewart afterward.
Sweet Dreams Deli and Bakery in New Britain formally opened with a ceremony Wednesday. From left, co-owners Hope Gregory and Gail Asadow speak with Alderman Kristian Rosado and Mayor Erin Stewart afterward. (Brad Horrigan)
Sweet Dreams Bakery

2 Main St., New Britain

This bakery is open from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, with a focus on the downtown breakfast and lunch business. Salads, made-to-order sandwiches, hot food and baked goods will be the heart of the business; delivery service is planned for the future. Read more here.

Qawa Coffee Co.
Qawa Coffee Co. (Courtesy of Qawa Coffee Co.)
Qawa Coffee Co.

170 Main St., Middletown

Qawa Coffee Co. serves Intelligentsia brand coffee and a variety of teas. Standard coffee shop fare like lattes, cappuccinos and espresso are on the menu, but coffee enthusiasts can also find unique offerings, like a Yemeni latte infused with cardamom. Read more here.

Breweries
(clockwise from top left) The Maize, Kuato, Erebus, Turbo Love Juice, Baba Yaga's Cranberry Berliner.
(clockwise from top left) The Maize, Kuato, Erebus, Turbo Love Juice, Baba Yaga's Cranberry Berliner. (Lindsay Bukowinski / Hartford Courant)
Labyrinth Brewing Company

148 Forest St., Manchester

Three friends from Manchester opened Labyrinth Brewing in August. Labyrinth tries to keep its beer offerings varied with several standards in the rotation. Turbo Love Juice, a New England-style IPA, and Erebus, an oatmeal stout, is also brewed on a regular basis. Read more here.

Problem Solved Brewing in East Windsor.
Problem Solved Brewing in East Windsor. (Brad Horrigan / Hartford Courant/The Hartford Courant)
Problem Solved Brewing

2 North Road, East Windsor

A math teacher at RHAM High School in Hebron and an engineer at UTC Aerospace Systems, who met as homebrewers several years collaborated to open Problem Solved in mid-September. They keep their beers rotating consistently, but plan to feature at least two hoppy offerings, a “middle of the road, easy drinker” type of brew, and at least one dark beer. Read more here.

Retail
Meghan Hayden, owner of River Bend Bookshop, arranges books on a table at her new Main Street store.
Meghan Hayden, owner of River Bend Bookshop, arranges books on a table at her new Main Street store. (Peter Marteka / Hartford Courant)
River Bend Bookshop

2217 Main St., Glastonbury

River Bend Bookshop opened in November in the space formally occupied by Jan’s On Main. Owner Meghan Hayden and her part-time staff of writers and poets handpick the books that are in the shop. Read more here.

WETHERSFIELD, CT - 07.25. 2018 - BOOKSTORE- Karen Opper and her 19-year-old daughter, Belle Opper has recently opened a book store named "That Book Store" in Wethersfield. Both mother and daughter feel passionately about books and want to make sure that they are able to provide the joy of reading to anyone who wishes to walk through the doors of their new store. The store is the only locally owned book store at Wethersfield. SRIJITA CHATTOPADHYAY |schattopadhyay@courant.com
WETHERSFIELD, CT - 07.25. 2018 - BOOKSTORE- Karen Opper and her 19-year-old daughter, Belle Opper has recently opened a book store named "That Book Store" in Wethersfield. Both mother and daughter feel passionately about books and want to make sure that they are able to provide the joy of reading to anyone who wishes to walk through the doors of their new store. The store is the only locally owned book store at Wethersfield. SRIJITA CHATTOPADHYAY |schattopadhyay@courant.com (Srijita Chattopadhyay / Hartford Courant)
That Bookstore

446 Silas Deane Hwy., Wethersfield

A book lover can find quiet refuge among the shelves of books and armchairs at That Bookstore, located on the Silas Deane Highway in Wethersfield. The independent bookstore is owned and operated by Karen Opper and her daughter Belle, and recently was approved to sell beer, wine and cider to patrons over 21. Read more here.

Recreation
Cyclebar Canton CycleStar Christine Organ leads a 45-minute spin class on the first day of the facility's opening. Organ says her choice of "music that motivates" creates what she calls a "rhythmic ride."
Cyclebar Canton CycleStar Christine Organ leads a 45-minute spin class on the first day of the facility's opening. Organ says her choice of "music that motivates" creates what she calls a "rhythmic ride." (Mark Mirko / Hartford Courant)
Cyclebar

55 Memorial Road, West Hartford

Cyclebar — a franchise, boutique spin class program — has opened in West Hartford Center’s Blue Back Square. Though the concept and classes are similar to the those at the Canton location, West Hartford’s studio has a stadium setup with three different levels for up to 48 riders. Read more here.

Lara's Labyrinth is the newest escape room in the Hartford area. It opened in October. In foreground in cell block 4 is co-owner Farah Assi Evenson with her husband Jonah Evensen at left and her brother in law Eric Evenson, at right.
Lara's Labyrinth is the newest escape room in the Hartford area. It opened in October. In foreground in cell block 4 is co-owner Farah Assi Evenson with her husband Jonah Evensen at left and her brother in law Eric Evenson, at right. (Patrick Raycraft / Hartford Courant)
Lara’s Labyrinth

860 Silas Deane Highway, Wethersfield

Lara’s Labyrinth is one of the Greater Hartford area’s newest escape room venues. The Wethersfield gaming center, which opened in October, has two rooms and two more are expected to open soon. Read more here.

West Hartford, CT - 3/28/19 - A new collaborative workspace called Spaces has opened in West Hartford's Blue Back Square. Photo by Brad Horrigan | bhorrigan@courant.com
West Hartford, CT - 3/28/19 - A new collaborative workspace called Spaces has opened in West Hartford's Blue Back Square. Photo by Brad Horrigan | bhorrigan@courant.com (Brad Horrigan / Hartford Courant)
Spaces

71 Raymond Road, West Hartford

Spaces, located in Blue Back Square, offers move-in ready offices for startups and long-standing businesses alike. The company spans two floors on Raymond Road, where REI had previously been located. Read more here.

Wagging Tails Pet Resort and Spaw

635 New Park Ave., West Hartford

Wagging Tails Pet Resort and Spaw is a doggie daycare, dog boarding, pet grooming spa and the state’s first indoor dog park, according to owner Krista Cugno Lofquist. There are both self-serve and professional dog grooming services available. Read more here.

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