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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.

Dining

Short rib ramen topped with scallions, onion, cilantro, pickled mustard greens, arugula, chili oil and aji-tama.
Short rib ramen topped with scallions, onion, cilantro, pickled mustard greens, arugula, chili oil and aji-tama. (Lindsay Bukowinski / Hartford Courant)

Kaliubon Ramen

54 Memorial Road in West Hartford

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Kaliubon Ramen has opened a new West Hartford location in Blue Back Square, offering several varieties of soul-warming ramen, noodle dishes and other Asian small plates and specialties. Read more about Kaliubon here.

Corner Tonic, left, and Miss Porters Cosmo, right, cocktails pictured with heirloom squash ravioli, scallops and beef on weck.
Corner Tonic, left, and Miss Porters Cosmo, right, cocktails pictured with heirloom squash ravioli, scallops and beef on weck. (Lindsay Bukowinski / Hartford Courant)

Five Corners Bistro

354 Colt Highway, Farmington

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Connecticut has its share of bourbon and tequila bars, but at the new Five Corners Bistro & Craft Bar in Farmington, it’s gin’s time to shine.

At Five Corners, which debuted in mid-December in the extensively renovated former Stonewell Restaurant space on Colt Highway, the restaurant is positioning itself as a gin bar, with a selection of about 40 diverse bottles and unique spins on gin and tonic cocktails. Read more about Five Corners here.

Pastor tacos with roasted pork shoulder, front, and carne enchilada tacos with marinated skirt steak.
Pastor tacos with roasted pork shoulder, front, and carne enchilada tacos with marinated skirt steak. (Lindsay Bukowinski / Hartford Courant)

Frida

1150 New Britain Ave., West Hartford

Frida, a new Mexican restaurant in West Hartford’s Elmwood section, replaces Tapas, which was open in the space for 32 years before closing in April 2018. The new restaurant prides itself on an authentic Mexican menu with fresh, scratch cooking, featuring handmade items like corn tortillas, sopes and huaraches. Read more about Frida here.

Cafe Aura has moved into the former Cavey's location in Manchester.
Cafe Aura has moved into the former Cavey's location in Manchester. (Lindsay Bukowinski / Hartford Courant)

Cafe Aura

45 East Center St., Manchester

Geno Auriemma’s new Manchester restaurant Cafe Aura is a celebration of his Italian heritage and his love of food and wine.

The Italian-inspired steakhouse takes the place of the former Cavey’s, the 86-year-old fine-dining destination known for its northern Italian and French cuisine. Read more about Auriemma’s new enterprise here.

Happy hour at The Flying Monkey features signature cocktails like the Asian Pear martini, left, and the blood orange cosmopolitan, right.
Happy hour at The Flying Monkey features signature cocktails like the Asian Pear martini, left, and the blood orange cosmopolitan, right. (Lindsay Bukowinski / Hartford Courant)

The Flying Monkey Bar & Grill

2095 Berlin Turnpike in Newington

The Flying Monkey Grill & Bar has moved from the Hartford-Brainard Airport, landing in Newington on the Berlin Turnpike. The popular casual restaurant and bar now has nearly double the space, seating about 175 guests, and the kitchen is about five times larger. The new Flying Monkey retains an aviation theme, with flight- and travel-inspired decor and menu items that include all your old favorites and a few new surprises. Read more about the menu, pricing and decor here.

"Monster Nachos" made with chicken or beef, cheese, sour cream, tomatoes, jalapenos, black beans and shredded lettuce, as served by Wood-n-Tap.
"Monster Nachos" made with chicken or beef, cheese, sour cream, tomatoes, jalapenos, black beans and shredded lettuce, as served by Wood-n-Tap. (Mark Mirko/Hartford Magazine)

Wood-n-Tap

1593 Farmington Ave., Farmington

The new Wood-n-Tap in Farmington, the long-awaited rebuild of the former Apricots, is a marvelous place. Go on a sunny day and you’ll see people everywhere. People on patios and balconies; people sitting under umbrellas at a terraced outdoor pavilion bar; people lounging on teak chairs by the riverfront, playing sack toss on the lawn or clustering around portable fire stoves. This isn’t a restaurant, really; it’s more of a family park with food and drink. When every seat is full, indoor and out, close to 500 people will be enjoying the premises. Call it Wood-n-Tap Park. Read full review here.

A Fall Harvest omelette filled with roasted Brussels sprouts, goat cheese, and sweet potatoes at Dish 'n Dat.
A Fall Harvest omelette filled with roasted Brussels sprouts, goat cheese, and sweet potatoes at Dish 'n Dat. (Lindsay Bukowinski)

Dish 'n Dat

44 Albany Turnpike in Canton

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Not really new in the neighborhood, but this modern day diner with nostalgic and funky decor by the owners of Dish Bar & Grill and Sorella in Hartford has moved just a fraction of a mile down the road from its original location in Canton. The restaurant has retained its voluminous menu, with indulgent starters, scratch-made soups, salads, chicken wings, specialty burgers, sandwiches, hot dogs, tacos, macaroni and cheese and blue plate special-style entrees like meatloaf and chicken pot pie.

And in true diner tradition, Dish 'n Dat also offers breakfast all day, every day, and it’s not unusual to see customers having pancakes in the evening with a glass of wine. Read more about Dish 'n Dat here.

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

El Pollo Guapo

347 New London Turnpike, Glastonbury.

The “Span-ish” fast-casual restaurant El Pollo Guapo, which has locations in Wethersfield and downtown Hartford, has opened a third location, this one in Glastonbury in the town’s One Stop Shopping Center. Specializing in rotisserie chicken, the restaurant has taken over the former Gideon’s BBQ restaurant.

The menu is similar to its others, with rotisserie chicken meals and side dishes, rice bowls, salads, tacos and tapas-style snacks like empanadas, quesadillas and smashed avocado with tortilla chips. New menu items include a “veg head” quesadilla, a chicken tostada and churros. More information here.

Cotton Hollow Kitchen's Scotch egg wraps a soft-boiled egg in a chorizo and poblano coating served with a jalapeño lime aioli.
Cotton Hollow Kitchen's Scotch egg wraps a soft-boiled egg in a chorizo and poblano coating served with a jalapeño lime aioli. (Lindsay Bukowinski / Hartford Courant)

Cotton Hollow Kitchen

840 Main St. in South Glastonbury

Cotton Hollow Kitchen in South Glastonbury describes its fare as “locally sourced contemporary chow," a fun mix of comfort fare like wings, burgers and macaroni and cheese, and more upscale choices like steaks, chops and seafood.The eatery, which opened at the end of October 2019 on Main Street in the town’s historic district, has something for everyone in a modern, open atmosphere, owner Mark Conley says. Read more here.

All flavors of wood-fired pizzas are available in Sicilian or thin crust at Square Peg Pizza.
All flavors of wood-fired pizzas are available in Sicilian or thin crust at Square Peg Pizza. (Lindsay Bukowinski / Hartford Courant)

Square Peg Pizzeria

1001 Hebron Ave., in Glastonbury

Connecticut chef Tyler Anderson has opened Square Peg Pizzeria, a project he calls “100 percent fun" — a pizza joint with red-sauce Italian dishes and arcade games.

The casual restaurant, in the Hebron Avenue space that formerly housed Piatti Restaurant & Bar, features starters, salads, sandwiches, calzones, pastas and pizza. Read more here.

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.

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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.

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

Have a good brew at Urban Lodge Brewing. Urban Lodge Brewing
Have a good brew at Urban Lodge Brewing. Urban Lodge Brewing (HANDOUT)

Urban Lodge Brewing

47 Purnell Place, Manchester

As you walk toward the entrance of Urban Lodge Brewing, you’re greeted with lights strung in the sky and an outdoor patio equipped with fire pits. The front area has the bar with wood all around and seating. Bands play in a back room, and guests are also allowed to bring in food to enjoy the night. The floor plan was designed to feel like you are visiting at a friend’s house. Read more about Urban Lodge here.

Middletown, Ct. - 12/11/2019 - Cans of "Jungle Juice" American Ale," rest on shelves in the Middletown location of Mike McManus' Powder Hollow Brewery. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com
Middletown, Ct. - 12/11/2019 - Cans of "Jungle Juice" American Ale," rest on shelves in the Middletown location of Mike McManus' Powder Hollow Brewery. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com (Mark Mirko / Hartford Courant)

Powder Hollow Brewery

62 Washington St., Middletown

Mike McManus has opened a second location of his popular Enfield-based Powder Hollow Brewery on Middletown’s Washington Street.

The taproom features a bar with indoor and outdoor seating for 100 patrons. Read more about Powder Hollow’s new location here.

Middletown, Ct. - 12/11/2019 - Cans of "Jungle Juice" American Ale," rest on shelves in the Middletown location of Mike McManus' Powder Hollow Brewery. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com
Middletown, Ct. - 12/11/2019 - Cans of "Jungle Juice" American Ale," rest on shelves in the Middletown location of Mike McManus' Powder Hollow Brewery. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com (Mark Mirko / Hartford Courant)
(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.

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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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