West Hartford Enterprise Buzz: March 1, 2021 – We-Ha

A round-up of openings, closings, and different information about West Hartford companies.

By Ronni Newton

March 1 – meteorological spring.

Daffodils on Feb. 26, 2021. Picture credit score: Ronni Newton

I’m excited to succeed in this date. I’m excited to see that the snow alongside the sting of my driveway has melted and the daffodils, which have been rising all alongside, at the moment are free to soak up any sunshine they’ll get. I’m hoping that they don’t have to cope with one other masking of snow earlier than they bloom.

Final yr our household went snowboarding for the day on March 1. We stopped for dinner on the way in which dwelling from Vermont, and whereas I imagine the coronavirus was certainly one of many matters mentioned at dinner, it was removed from the most important focus. Sam got here dwelling from school for that weekend to ski with us, and when he returned to UConn, little did he know that he’d have lower than two weeks left on campus.

It’s unbelievable how the previous yr has unfolded since then.

For the previous week, I’ve personally been excited in regards to the March 1st date not simply because it’s the day I banish the snowmen and different winter decorations from my home, however as a result of it means I’m now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. It’s one of many few instances lately that I’ve been completely happy about being within the “over 55” age group. I used to be in a position to make an appointment to get my shot on March 12, and I’ve by no means been so completely happy a few potential medical process.

We bought her a “zen collar” at Pet Provides Plus to put on somewhat than the plastic cone, and it’s labored out effectively and has led to the creation of some new nicknames.

Millie in her doughnut/life preserver, with what we’ve been calling the “poodle paw” look on her proper entrance paw. She’s bought all her power again after which some. Picture credit score: Ronni Newton

Among the many bullet factors under you’ll see a number of hyperlinks to tales revealed in different media. I do that always on this column, and at all times embody the hyperlink if there’s an digital model of the article (or a cautious quotation if not). I’ll do it in information tales as effectively if the unique story got here from one other information outlet.

I at all times wish to be the primary to put in writing about one thing that’s taking place in West Hartford, but when I’m not, I don’t fake in any other case. “As first reported by …” shouldn’t be a phrase of disgrace. I point out this as a result of I’ve just lately seen numerous information tales which have been reported on being reported elsewhere, typically days later, with info that seems to have been gleaned from certainly one of my articles. There’s not a lot I can do about it (apart from categorical my frustration), however please know that if the information I’m reporting on was first reported elsewhere, I’ll give that media outlet the credit score they deserve.

Our Saturday night time dinner the week was at Beachland Tavern – now reopened after a winter hiatus. Extra about Beachland in the principle a part of the column under, however right here ‘s what we ate! I’d by no means had the Salmon Muffins appetizer earlier than they usually had been scrumptious – as was the remainder of our meal.

Salmon Muffins (pan-seared salmon over Asian slaw with sriracha aioli) at Beachland Tavern. Picture credit score: Ronni Newton

The Longhorn (BBQ hen sandwich with onion straws, bacon, cheddar, and garlic mayo on sourdough) with candy potato fries, and the Anchor (Buffalo hen wrap with lettuce, tomato, gorgonzola crumbles, and ranch) with onion rings from Beachland Tavern. Picture credit score: Ronni Newton

We hope you’ve been following our Retaining it within the Neighborhood function, which is a collaboration with the West Hartford Chamber of Commerce and the city’s Financial Improvement Division.

Learn final week’s “Retaining it within the Neighborhood” that focuses on the brand new “Welcome to West Hartford” flip e book.

We should not have a Retaining it within the Neighborhood part this week, nevertheless it ought to return subsequent week.

Please proceed to help our native companies, and please put on your masks if you’re in public locations, and keep protected and wholesome.

You probably have details about companies altering their operations on account of COVID-19, or doing one thing value sharing, please present that info within the feedback or electronic mail Ronni Newton at [email protected].

Right here’s this week’s Buzz:

The flooring are at the moment being completed at Wurst Haus, in preparation for opening March 24. Courtesy picture

  • I hoped to get a peek inside Wurst Haus, however for the explanations which might be clear within the picture above, taken Sunday and despatched to me by Chef/Proprietor Zachary Shuman, that wasn’t attainable. I did meet up with Shuman final week, and he confirmed that the restaurant, positioned within the former McLadden’s house at 37 LaSalle Rd., is planning to open on March 24. Shuman and his crew, which incorporates Common Supervisor Josh Batista and Assistant Common Supervisor Alyssa Blumenthal (they’re additionally the crew that oversees Union Kitchen subsequent door) have been working onerous to get the whole lot set for the opening – as has Jeff Webster and his crew from West Hartford-based J. Webster Properties that has been doing the renovation work. “The bones are nonetheless there,” Shuman stated of the previous McLadden’s, however the wall between the bar and the eating space has been eliminated, there are new ceiling tiles, and the home windows at the moment are large open to the road affording a a lot brighter and lighter look than the supposed darkish environment of the previous Irish pub. They’re coated with plastic within the pictures, however you’ll be able to sort of see the antler chandeliers (they’re the identical ones which might be on the Pupil Prince and Wurst Haus in Northampton, MA) which shall be a key ingredient of the brand new decor, and as soon as the flooring are executed, Shuman stated the ending touches shall be added, together with the hanging of a number of TVs. They’re hoping the Wurst Haus will grow to be a denizen for soccer watching. I don’t wish to give an excessive amount of away as a result of I’ll be doing a full function story about Wurst Haus as soon as it opens, however Shuman offered an summary of the menu that I can’t assist however share instantly, and shall be significantly of curiosity to those that have been to Pupil Prince or the NoHo Wurst Haus: “The Roquefort dressing from Pupil Prince is coming,” he stated. “Fried cheese and massive pretzels are coming.” There shall be three totally different sorts of Schnitzel (Jäger, Kaiser, and basic), with a alternative of hen, veal, or pork. Spätzle is not going to be an on a regular basis merchandise (the kitchen isn’t massive sufficient to organize it frequently), however dishes shall be accompanied by different German favorites like buttered noodles and mashed potatoes, Shuman stated. There shall be Bratwurst and duck wurst, fish and chips, and a sampler that features a jalapeño wurst. One other sampler will function a big pretzel with every nook full of a special merchandise (like fried cheese, roasted Brussels sprouts, potato pancakes). “I need everyone to have one thing to eat there,” Shuman stated, so there can even be salads, a salmon entree, a vegan Bratwurst, and vegetarian mac and cheese. The Chauvinette, a favourite dessert cocktail at Pupil Prince – which includes ice cream, Galliano, Grand Marnier, and Crème de Cocoa – shall be on the menu, as will 16 draft beers, with 12 of them devoted to German beers and the remaining a curated collection of native brews. Out of doors seating will initially be deliberate for simply the sidewalk (Shuman stated Union Kitchen plans to place the tables again out quickly as effectively), however will hopefully broaden to eating corrals. Future plans additionally embody Sunday brunch and reside music throughout the dinner hour. Far more to come back!!

Brio reopened in December 2020, and is now additionally working as a ghost kitchen for Man Fieri’s Flavortown Kitchen. Picture credit score: Ronni Newton ( file picture)

  • I don’t have a lot details about this idea, however I realized about it from a put up in a Fb group that originated with a narrative posted by the radio station that indicated that Man Fieri’s Flavortown Kitchen, which is a recently-launched delivery-only enterprise began by the Meals Community movie star chef that operates out of “ghost kitchens” in both current or empty eating places, is now in enterprise regionally and utilizing 5 Connecticut places – together with one at Westfarms! A bit extra analysis turned up the main points, together with that they’re utilizing the kitchen at Brio. “Flavortown Kitchen is a supply solely restaurant that includes real-deal flavors from Chef Man Fieri. From our signature Bourbon Brown Sugar BBQ Wings to our award profitable Mac N Cheese Burger, all of Flavortown’s favorites come straight to your door step,” the web site states. The informal menu features a collection of shareable appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, salads, entrees, and a few decadent trying desserts. Man Fieri’s Flavortown Kitchen is now in 27 states plus the District of Columbia. Some extra particulars in regards to the idea and the model may be discovered on this article on

Beachland Tavern Fb web page picture

  • As famous within the intro above, Beachland Tavern (1128 New Britain Ave. in Elmwood) has reopened for indoor eating after a number of months of working as a take-out/seize and go solely location for its common menu in addition to household model meals. Beachland Group proprietor Chip Kohn saved Rockledge Grille and Beachland Smoke open all through the winter, however pivoted Beachland Tavern to take-out solely in early November, as soon as the state rolled again to Part 2B. They reopened final Tuesday, Kohn stated, and he was very completely happy to welcome clients again – and my husband and I had been very completely happy to have dinner there Saturday night time! There may be loads of plexiglass and nice spacing between the tables, and it feels very protected.

Indicators at the moment are up on the Place 2 Be in Blue Again Sq.. Picture credit score: Ronni Newton

  • The indicators at the moment are up (that is actual, not a mock-up) and the stylish brunch/lunch Place 2 Be must be opening later this month within the former Prepare dinner and The Bear house at 50 Memorial Highway in Blue Again Sq.! I used to be excited to see the progress and look ahead to sharing extra particulars quickly.

Sola Salon Studios is getting ready to open in West Hartford in March 2021. Picture credit score: Ronni Newton

  • Sola Salon Studios can be getting ready to open in Blue Again Sq., and the contractors had been within the strategy of hanging the indicators on the house at 61 Raymond Highway (former Skeleton Key/deadbolt house in addition to the cellular tech restore store). The door was open, and I may see a bevy of exercise, together with tiling, happening inside. Sola Salons is a franchise enterprise that leases fully-equipped excessive finish salon research to magnificence professionals, and must be opening in a number of weeks.
  • Please be aware that whereas I reported on the deliberate closing of Harry’s Pizzeria & Tavern as of March 14, this doesn’t affect the operation of Harry’s Bishops Nook (732 North Fundamental St.) The 2 companies are individually owned (they really have widespread roots, however that’s a protracted story), and the homeowners of Harry’s Bishops Nook requested that we let everybody know that they continue to be very a lot able to serve pizza to the neighborhood! The eating room has been closed, however take-out (together with curbside pick-up) and supply stay obtainable, and indoor eating will return this spring, homeowners Kevin and Anne Plaut stated. Extra info may be discovered on their web site.

Individuals had been consuming outdoors at bartaco and different locations within the Heart final week when the climate hit the 40s and neared 50 levels. Picture credit score: Ronni Newton

  • There have been a number of “hotter” days final week, and whereas some individuals have continued to make the most of outside eating all through the winter, there have been much more tables in use final Wednesday via Friday when the solar was shining. The city has been discussing plans for expanded outside eating once more this summer time, and whereas the method and timing haven’t been set, extra info must be coming inside a number of weeks in keeping with Financial Improvement Coordinator Kristen Gorski.
  • STAY on Park (207 Park Highway) posted a message on Fb final week with the present information that they are going to be increasing right into a second house – STAY on Park VINTAGE – at Mongers Market in Bridgeport (1155 Railroad Ave.) the place they are going to be open Sundays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. “This may permit us to fulfill new clients and fill our house with distinctive mid-century and classic objects! Our store @stayonpark will nonetheless be bustling wednesday through saturday with distinctive treasures new previous and enjoyable. Our in style reward Containers have actually been a success and our furnishings upcycling is busy busy! We LOVE our west Hartford store and all of you! Preserve sharing and telling individuals – buying native has saved us going! We will’t thanks sufficient,” proprietor Lisa Howard posted. The Bridgeport house opens March 7.

  • Fellow Park Highway enterprise BIRDCODE (120 Parka Highway) can be planning an enlargement to Fairfield County. The Hour (and different Hearst publications) reported that BIRDCODE is planning to open a location in Darien this fall.

Carolyn Gitlin. Courtesy picture

  • Congratulations to West Hartford resident Carolyn Gitlin, who has been named chair designate of the Jewish Federation of North America’s Nationwide Ladies’s Philanthropy Division after a rigorous and aggressive software course of, the group stated in a information launch. “Recognized for her heat, participating, and energetic management, Gitlin brings in depth expertise to her new place. On the nationwide stage, Gitlin at the moment serves on the JFNA’s Board of Trustees as an Govt Committee member and co-chairs its Massive Intermediate Federation Committee. She joined JFNA’s Nationwide Ladies’s Philanthropy Board in 2017 and is its vice chair of schooling and management improvement,” the discharge states. Gitlin chairs the Jewish Federation of Higher Hartford’s Board of Administrators, serves on the board of the Max Cares Basis, and beforehand served on Kingswood Oxford Faculty’s board of trustees and as previous president of its Guardian Affiliation. She is as a member and officer of the Tumble Brook Nation Membership board of administrators and on the board of the Aurora Basis for Ladies and Women. “Carolyn will – particularly throughout these difficult instances – lead Nationwide Ladies’s Philanthropy with knowledge, enthusiasm, and strategic focus,” David Waren, Jewish Federation of Higher Hartford’s president and chief government officer, stated within the launch. “She is definite to take the division to new heights.” Gitlin’s time period will start in June and run via June 2023. “I’m deeply humbled and excited to imagine this new function,” she stated. “Enriching the lives of ladies each regionally and globally is so essential to me. I very a lot look ahead to main the Nationwide Ladies’s Philanthropy Board over the following two years.”
  • Of their most up-to-date problem, the Hartford Enterprise Journal named the Energy 50 – the highest leaders within the Higher Hartford space who in keeping with the HBJ information crew have had probably the most affect on their organizations (private and non-private sector, schooling, healthcare, authorities) in addition to the neighborhood as an entire. Some are named as a crew. I’m in all probability going to overlook some (apologies upfront), however the next (to the most effective of my data) are both West Hartford residents or work in/are concerned with a undertaking in West Hartford: Michael and Shari Cantor, Deidre Gifford, Jay Williams, Jason Jakubowski, Rhona Free and Gregory Woodward, Ari Santiago, and Martin Kenny. Congrats to all! The entire checklist may be discovered right here.
  • ICYMI, freelancer Kristina Vakhman spoke to the homeowners of some West Hartford salons/spas final week to learn how they’ve been dealing with the pandemic. Click on right here to learn the entire story.
  • This isn’t business-related, however I additionally needed to present a shout out to Paul Palmer, who has been knocking it out of the park (flawed time of the yr for that sports activities reference, nevertheless it sounds higher than something I may provide you with for a winter sport) masking Conard and Corridor sports activities. The total vary of protection may be discovered beneath the sports activities tab, and search for a number of extra tales coming this week.

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