What’s new in the neighborhood?
Keep up on the latest restaurant, retail and other business openings in the Hartford area.
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.
El Pollo Guapo
26 Front St., Hartford
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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