Coach’s Sports Tavern Has Closed, Or Has It?

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Has Coach’s Sports Tavern on Ann Street in downtown Hartford closed? A recorded message states yes, but an owner suggested otherwise today. Photo by Kenneth R. Gosselin/

Coach’s Sports Tavern on Ann Street in downtown Hartford has closed, if you listen to a message on its answering machine dated Sunday.

Or has it?

John A. Dellafera, who is listed as the permittee on the bar’s liquor permit, told me today that Coach’s “hasn’t closed permanently” and that he was “in discussions as we speak” about its future.

Later in our conversation, Dellafera backed off a bit and said there was a “50/50″ chance the bar would remain open. Dellafera said he would know that “in a couple of weeks.”

Coach’s Sports Tavern opened in 2009. Photo by Kenneth R. Gosselin/

Dellafera pointed out that the bar is closed Monday and Tuesday. I tried another tack: Would it be open Wednesday? He declined to answer.

But what of the recorded answering machine message: “This is our last day of being open for business. After today we will close our doors for good.”

Dellafera responded: “Don’t believe everything you hear.”

Coach’s Sports Tavern opened in early 2009. It was not related to Coach’s Sports Bar & Grille, which was once associated with former University of Connecticut basketball coach Jim Calhoun.

That bar at 187 Allyn St. closed in April 2008. The space is now occupied by Black Bear Saloon.

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7 thoughts on “Coach’s Sports Tavern Has Closed, Or Has It?

  1. Mac

    Hey, let’s not spend any public money on the XL center, pooh-pooh the one guy who tried, and then wait for a billionaire tooth fairy to show and save our town. What a great plan — the tooth fairy plan.

  2. Teeheehaha

    I don’t understand why the city doesn’t try to bring in more retail that caters to blue and white collar persons (Old Navy, American Eagle, JCPenney, Nordstorm Rack et al) alike. Downtown, or any area for that matter, cannot survive solely on restaurants and bars alone can it?

  3. Ester

    La Ciudad de Hartford se encontraba hasta la tienda GFox, Había muchos negocios de categoría, el Bushsnell se encontraban las mejores tiendas de todo tipo, la ciudad resplandecía, 1981 a 1985 mas o menos se mantuvo luego poco a poco fueron cerrando todo. Hartford es una ciudad pequeña fue descuidada pero esta rodeada de personas que fueron degradandola, casa quemadas, ruidos, suciedad en las calles, autos abandonados, delincuencia, los frentes con pintadas desagradables, gangas, falta de seguridad, la sección 8 que ayudaba quizás a mujeres solas con hijos o ancianos y ancianas que luego se le sumaron otros familiares y amigos la superpoblación no beneficio a la ciudad, muchas casas fueron compradas solo para alquilarlas ya que las subsidio y los propietarios de las viviendas las dejaron caer no invertían en reparaciones se generalizo un paisaje horrible fue la ruina de la ciudad. Espero y tengo la esperanza de recuperar la ciudad y sus alrededores para el que viva,para los que nos visite nos llene de orgullo.

    1. Olga

      Yo vivi en Hartford desde 1995 hasta 2002. Me mude a Puerto Rico y hace 2 años fui de visita y quede totalmente decepcionada. Ya no es lo mismo. Todo cambio. Pasamos a downtown y no encontramos muchas tiendas que dejamos. Fuimos al civic center y ya no hay tiendas tampoco, en fin es un desastre. quizas me equivoco, pero ya Hartford no es seguro para vivir.

  4. mike


    Hartford is safe to live for the most part, especially downtown. it is probably safer than it was between 1995-2002. Every city has its rough spots, and anyone looking to score drugs is likely to be putting themselves at risk anywhere in the world… It is a city after all.

    But compared to 2002 there are now people living downtown that when asked by police if they saw anything will respond with every detail they can think of. as more and more people with this mindset move into an area, crime tends to move away. Police do not prevent crime, Eyes on the street prevent it.

    As far as downtown surviving on bars and resturants alone.. Nope, probably not, but Downtown allready has a ton of cultural institutions, and corporate jobs… those people like to grab drinks/food after work/museim visits and before performances or sports. as more people live downtown and stay in hotels downtown the variety of retail will broaden. We have already seen this happen…. Yoga Studio, Tea Room,, fragrence botique, Movie Theater as examples. Coaches demise has more to do with competition from the Tavern and Agave across the street taking the 30+ crowd, and the Russian lady reopening next door taking the younger crowd.

    Downtown is a competitive resturant/Bar market and Coaches, honestly wasnt cutting it. Again as more people move downtown (after the few mentioned conversions are done) there will be room for more resturants/bars to be “so so” and there will be additional diversification in the downtown retail.

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