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City Restaurant Scene

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Over the last few years the restaurant scene in Hartford has become very competitive with dozens of new restaurants opening, revamping themselves or in some cases closing all together. Hartford has placed itself on the map as a destination for good food like many other small and mid sized cities including New Haven, Middletown and Providence. Despite the problems Hartford has in attracting retail tenants it has little trouble in attracting new restaurants, bars, cafes, etc.

This is a place to share what new restaurants have opened? what has closed? what is planned? Maybe you were driving around the city and saw a "coming soon" sign...this is the place to share it because noone can be everywhere at once tracking new dining establishments in the city.

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Here are some recent Hartford dining scene news from about the last year ...

Joe Black's - opened in the former Society for Savings Building on Pratt Street near Main and has been a great success

The Russell - opened at the corner of Trumbull & Pratt Streets

Dish - under construction in the retail space of the Main & Temple Project/Sage Allen Building

Kyoto - Sushi & Wine Bar - under construction in the retail space of the American Airlines Building at Pratt & Main

Feng Asian Bistro & Lounge - opened in a renovated building on Asylum between Main & Trumbull

The Tavern - under construction at 100 Allyn Street next to Agave

Vivo - opened at the Marriott Hartford Hotel Downtown, upscale northern Italian restaurant

Crush - opened at the Marriott Hartford Hotel Downtown, upscale bar

Braza - opened in former theater building on Farmington Avenue by Sisson Ave, very popular, owned by the Hot Tomatos Restaurant Group

Rosco's Big Dog - Moving from Franklin Avenue in the south end to new retail space on the new Temple Street between the Residence Inn & Sage Allen building

J Restaurant & Bar - formerly Pizza Plus on Washington Street across from CCMC, closed and converted to a more upscale restaurant

Club Melao - recently opened club next to the Arch Street Tavern

Sally's Fish Camp - opened in the former space of Pasti's on Ann Street, same owners as Pasti's

Sweet Jane's Rock N Roll Cafe - opened on Pratt Street as a bar/club/restaurant

Terra Mia - opened by the owners of Cugino's (which closed) on Pratt Street, smaller restaurant

Woody's Fish Tank - opened by the owner's of Woody's in the retail space of the American Airlines Building

Ambassador of India - opened up in 960 Main/G. Fox Building

No Fish Today - CLOSED

Need some help with names here...

1. New restaurant under construction in the Elm Building on Main Street, that small yellow brick building across from the library that has a new dunkin donuts and a subway...think its a seafood place thats coming....dont know the name

2. New restaurant under construction in the former Roo Bar on Farmington Avenue right next to Braza

More restaurants to come ...

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How's that new Indian restaurant at the corner of Main and Capitol? It starts with an "M"....

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How's that new Indian restaurant at the corner of Main and Capitol? It starts with an "M"....

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1. New restaurant under construction in the Elm Building on Main Street, that small yellow brick building across from the library that has a new dunkin donuts and a subway...think its a seafood place thats coming....dont know the name

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If Chow Row is the food court in the Residence Inn that is being redone I think the Chinese take out place inside (which has great food and has been there for years) is finally getting its own place because I saw a sign on Temple Street for them

Also new to the South End: Sidewalk Cafe at 236 South Street

Praline's Ice Cream (I think thats the name) at the former Rosco's Hot Dog on Franklin Ave

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Need some help with names here...

1. New restaurant under construction in the Elm Building on Main Street, that small yellow brick building across from the library that has a new dunkin donuts and a subway...think its a seafood place thats coming....dont know the name

More restaurants to come ...

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The new Indian restaurant at Capitol and Main is Masala, and it is excellent.

Ditto for Capuccino's at Linden and Main. Great for breakfast.

New place opening in Trumbull Place apartments near Vito's and there is talk of Ann Howard's opening something in Bond Hotel street level.

New brewery opening near Agave.

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The brewery opening next to Agave in the former home of Crosskey Architects is called "The Brewery"

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Yes, and rumor has it their men's room will say "pisser".

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Walked by Trumbull on the Park last night, looks like new restaurant coming soon... Name is Dulce, I now nothing about it although a sign on the window said live music in the lounge... Also walked by Bushnell park, when did they get new lights?? Those things were glowing so bright, it actually looked safe to walk through the park at night...

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