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Drinking local again: Connecticut’s breweries and winerie...ating, along with restaurants in time for Memorial Day Weekend

As outdoor dining resumes as part of Connecticut’s phase one of reopening, the state’s breweries and wineries are also dusting off patios, decks and picnic tables and welcoming guests again.


As Connecticut restaurants reopen for outdoor dining, owners react to new normal, look ahead to future

After a COVID-19 shutdown stretching for about nine weeks, employees and diners alike donned masks and returned to restaurants Wednesday, trying to adjust to a new kind of normal, as restaurant o...


Here’s how restaurant and retail shop owners in Connecticut feel about reopening on Wednesday amid the coronavirus pandemic

Numerous restaurants across the state will welcome customers back to their businesses, as Connecticut allows outdoor-only dining, after being closed since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemi...


Dozens of Hartford-area restaurants applied for permission ...r dining is set to resume. Here’s what they will be offering

As Connecticut’s restaurants prepare to open Wednesday for outdoor dining, those with established patios, decks and terraces are getting ready to welcome back diners. Other restaurant owners wi...


Connecticut business owners, association leaders press Gov. Lamont to allow indoor dining on June 3

More than 130 Connecticut business owners and association leaders have signed a letter to Gov. Ned Lamont, asking him to commit to a June 3 opening for indoor dining at 50 percent capacity of nor...


Restaurants, retail stores and salons in Connecticut may be allowed to reopen May 20, but some aren’t sure they will

Connecticut business owners are planning for the first phase of reopening May 20, including restaurants, retail stores and salons. But some, citing safety concerns, an inability to distance prope...


State officials are allowing Connecticut summer camps to open June 29, but some still aren’t sure if they will

Summer camps in Connecticut can open on June 29, as long as they take measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus, Beth Bye, commissioner of the Office of Early Childhood, announced Tuesday. In...


What will Connecticut restaurants look like after coronavir...s expect an entirely different dining experience from the past

When Connecticut’s restaurants finally get the green light to reopen, owners and staff expect the dining experience to look entirely different from the past. There are no official guidelines to...


A Mother’s Day gift that gives back: For every baby blank...is Cromwell business sells, it donates one to a mother in need

After five years of building her custom baby blanket business, A Great Baby, Mary Zimmer of Cromwell has launched a program called A Great Hope. For every blanket sold, Zimmer gives a blanket to ...


Connecticut’s restaurants and bars to stay closed until May 20 ‘at the earliest,’ Gov. Lamont announced

Gov. Ned Lamont said during a press conference Thursday that the state’s small businesses, including bars and restaurants, will remain closed through May 20. That date would be “the earliest ...


Restaurants take care of their own: How industry employees ...ecticut are helping each other during the coronavirus outbreak

Thousands of Connecticut cooks, servers and bartenders were almost instantly out of work when Gov. Ned Lamont ordered restaurants and bars closed as of March 16, due to the escalating coronavirus...


Donut Crazy is selling a doughnut with Dr. Anthony Fauci’...king a donation to the medical community for every one you buy

Donut Crazy has topped its inventive doughnuts with sprinkles, glazes, candies, cookies and housemade pop tarts, but few of its garnishes have been this timely. The latest rollout features the fa...


Review: Whitecrest Eatery, a rewarding new restaurant in Stonington, reflects a love of culinary experimentation

Sometimes the slapdash look and feel of a restaurant is so sharply at odds with the quality of its food that you find yourself startled — sampling each inventive and delicious dish with mountin...


You be the chef: Connecticut restaurants offer creative takeout and delivery options to entertain homebound customers

With dining rooms shuttered, unemployment skyrocketing and all of Connecticut stuck at home, restaurants are struggling to stay afloat with takeout and delivery orders. To keep revenue coming in ...


Restaurants donate armloads of food to area hospitals to support health care workers amid coronavirus crisis

As Connecticut restaurants adjust to this week’s mass shutdown, many have opted to stay open for takeout and delivery services, and several are reaching out to hospitals and healthcare workers ...


A new boutique in Hartford is trying to make fashion more eco-friendly and introduce shoppers to ‘conscious consumerism’

Andrea Cortez is creating a "conscious consumerism" movement in Hartford’s Parkville neighborhood with her new boutique, Vagabond Trading Post. The new tren is a direct response to fast fashion...


Rediscover the Connecticut River: Picture a waterfront prom.... Cross those bridges. Grab an oar. Learn more about the lore.

For decades, the Connecticut River, like rivers across the nation, was a place to dump raw sewage. That began to change in 1972, when the federal Clean Water Act was established, to restore water...


Connecticut breweries, wineries and distilleries look to keep business afloat as coronavirus causes restrictions

Connecticut’s breweries, wineries and distilleries do more than just produce alcoholic beverages — they’re community spaces and social gathering destinations. So what happens to the busines...


Tyler Anderson, restaurants to start ‘family meal’ offer for out-of-work food service employees

Though Connecticut’s restaurants’ dining rooms are shuttered during the coronavirus outbreak, chef and owner Tyler Anderson is trying to keep the tradition alive, planning to keep feeding lai...


Ellington author of ‘A Galaxy of Sea Stars’ consulted New Haven girls and young women for refugee tale

Jeanne Zulick Ferruolo, a middle-grade novelist from Ellington, wrote “A Galaxy of Sea Stars," the story of a friendship between an American girl and an Afghan refugee . Muslim refugee girls an...


Creatives: Hartford performance artist Constanza Segovia creates murals of lively visual note-taking

Hartford artist Constanza Segovia uses her artwork, which she calls performance art, to address issues of equality and justice. Her medium is unusual. She takes visual notes at events to create m...


So you think you know the royals? ‘The King’s Speech’...h. Get ready for the show with our quiz about the royal family

To get in the mood for Hartford Stage’s upcoming production (March 19-April 19) of “The King’s Speech” — David Seidler’s play on which the 2010 film and his Oscar-winning screenplay a...


Review: Uncle Chow Asian Bistro in West Hartford, an eclectic mishmash but food is on target

Uncle Chow's Asian Bistro in West Hartford is an exciting addition to Hecheng Chen’s eclectic and rapidly growing list of eateries. The vibe may be a little bit off, but the food is right on ta...


Janet Jackson, Melanie Martinez, Deftones and David Cook: This week’s Connecticut concert announcements

Janet Jackson will play Foxwoods, Melanie Martinez heads to the Oakdale, Deftones will perform at Bridgeport’s Harbor Yard Amphitheater and more Connecticut concert announcements this week.


Review: Recently expanded, Viron Rondo Osteria in Cheshire is a 5-star blockbuster, one wow after another

Viron Rondo Osteria is the blockbuster of restaurants. Everything is bigger than life. From the vast parking lots, to the giant chandelier, to the colossal chop on your plate, VR is one wow after...


Meet the ‘Shirley Temple King’ — a Connecticut 6-year-old whose Instagram reviews of the drinks have gone viral

By now you’ve probably heard of the latest online sensation — the Shirley Temple King. Turns out, this internet royalty calls Connecticut home. Leo Kelly is a 6-year-old from Fairfield, and h...


Former Village Voice film critic to bring his take on movie culture during age of Ronald Reagan to Atheneum

Former Village Voice film critic J. Hoberman will come to Wadsworth Atheneum on Feb. 8 to discuss “Make My Day: Movie Culture in the Age of Reagan” and to screen one of Ronald Reagan’s film...


Review | We head to Glastonbury’s new Square Peg Pizza to check out its compact menu, visual pow and classic arcade games

Square Peg Pizza in Glastonbury, the new collaboration between Tyler Anderson and Dante Cistulli, offers a compact menu. Pasta. Pizza. Sandwiches. Salad. Something to drink. Boom, you’re done.


Two East Hartford police officers and their canine partners to compete on ‘America’s Top Dog’

Juan Rivera and Todd Mona, both East Hartford police K9 officers, along with their service dogs, are competitors on the new A&E reality competition show, “America’s Top Dog," which has its se...