Storrs Center has scored big with the latest restaurant to lease space in the $200 million commercial and residential development now under construction next to the University of Connecticut in Storrs.
UConn Women’s Basketball Coach Geno Auriemma will open a restaurant in the first phase of the development, which is expected to be completed in late summer. The 3,000-square-foot restaurant is expected to seat over 100 patrons inside and another 50-70 on an outside terrace.
Auriemma and his partners, who already operate Geno’s Fast Break at the Mohegan Sun Casino is Uncasville, are tentatively calling the Storrs Center restaurant “Geno’s Grille.” It is hoped the restaurant will be open by Labor Day.
Howard Kaufman, managing member of LeylandAlliance LLC of New York, the master developer of Storrs Center, told me the restaurant will reflect a style similar to Burtons Grill in Evergreen Walk in South Windsor.
The restaurant, which will include a bar, is expected to offer Italian and American fare, from steak and fish to pasta and salads. The atmosphere will be casual but will cater to a broad population of patrons, not just college students. Kaufman told me the menu will be “reasonably priced.”
“This is an incredible opportunity for us,” Auriemma said. “Storrs Center feels like home. We hope Geno’s will be loved by the Mansfield community and campus population as well.”
LeylandAlliance LLC of New York will own and manage the 70,000 square feet of street-level commercial space planned for the first two phases, expected to be completed this year and in 2013. Moe’s Southwestern Grill, Dog Lane Cafe, Husky Pizza, Select Physical Therapy, Storrs Automotive and Insomnia Cookies are among the commercial tenants.
About 290 studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments above the shops will be developed in the first two phases. They will be developed, owned and managed by Education Realty Trust Inc. of Memphis, Tenn.
The vision for the development is a college town center that will attract a cross-section of apartment dwellers and is within easy walking distance of the university.