A new year in Connecticut brings higher hopes—and lower temperatures. The spring, summer, and fall weather created more COVID-safe outdoor dining opportunities. However, with winter’s chilly weather, now, more than ever, we need to help our local restaurants stay afloat.
New dining experiences like GastroPark in West Hartford and Hartford’s Parkville Market offer safe, convenient ways to support local restaurants with takeout and (weather-dependent) outdoor dining.
Meanwhile, organizations including Eat in CT (an initiative of INGroup Creative), the Hartford Chamber of Commerce, Lumi Agency, and weHartford are hard at work promoting restaurants and persuading diners to get takeout. Campaigns have included gift card incentives and experiential dining events like BYOB (Bring Your Own Blanket), and Dinner & A Show.
We encourage you to think about the small businesses around you, reach out and share your small business story if you’re a local restaurant owner—and eat well.
Need suggestions? Here are a handful of local restaurants we’ve featured over the years:
BeanZ & Co., Avon
Berkins Blend and & Berkins on Oak, Glastonbury and Hartford
Craftbird, Hartford Region
Hartford Baking Company, Glastonbury and West Hartford
INI Sips, New Britain
Krust Pizza Bar, Middletown
Let’s Start from Scratch, Hartford Region
Nala’s Kitchen, West Hartford
New England Pasta Co., Avon
The Place 2 Be, Hartford
Peppercorn’s Grill, Hartford
Pokeworks, West Hartford
Rebel Dog Coffee, Farmington and Plainville
Rocking Horse Saloon, Hartford
Rush Bowls, Hartford
The Russian Lady, Hartford
Silk City Coffee, Manchester
Stella’s African Eatery, (formerly Stella’s and Mazie’s) Hartford
Story and Soil, Hartford
Sweet Equations, Farmington
The Tavern Downtown, Hartford