Anyone who has driven down Huyshope Avenue in recent years has probably noticed the transformation of the Colt Gateway.
There are dozens of apartments almost fully occupied and more units to come. One of the complex’s major tenants is the Capitol Region Education Council, which operates the relatively new Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Magnet Middle School at 140 Huyshope. Even the blue dome, a Hartford landmark, looks pristine.
Now there is Cafe Colt, the South Armory’s first retail tenant, offering breakfast, lunch and catered events.
Our colleague Ken Gosselin was there Monday for the cafe’s opening reception, which drew Mayor Pedro Segarra and others.
Cafe Colt, on the ground floor of the South Armory, is the first retail lease for the complex, known for its iconic blue onion dome. In redeveloping areas, shops and restaurants typically follow the leasing of apartments and office space.
“This is going to have a huge impact on the project,” Larry Dooley, of developer CG Management, told me Monday during a reception celebrating the opening of the cafe. “It’s the first food service here, since the days of the artists living here.”
Check out Gosselin’s post about the Colt Cafe here and past coverage of the Colt complex, which developers, city officials and Connecticut legislators hope will be designated a national park. Photographer Patrick Raycraft took pictures of Monday’s event.
(Full disclosure: I lived in one of the Colt Gateway apartments for a year and miss the view of the blue dome.)