Hartford’s Front Street will soon be serving up surf and turf.
Nix’s, a Massachusetts seafood restaurant with locations in Boston, Plymouth and Nantucket, plans to open its fourth restaurant in the downtown Hartford development in the spring.
Signs have gone up at Front Street in the space between the Capital Grille, the upscale steakhouse that opened last month, and the space that will be occupied by Infinity Music Hall & Bistro, expected to open in the spring.
Peter Christian, director of development at HB Nitkin Group, Front Street’s developer, told me this afternoon that Nix’s Hartford will occupy 4,600 square feet, plus another 1,000 square feet in a mezzanine level. Seating will accommodate about 150, Christian said.
Christian described Nix’s as providing a contrast in dining experience to its steakhouse neighbor next door.
“It’s not quiet, Capital Grille-esque,” Christian said. “It’s fun, trendy. There’s a large bar and lounge. Some nights, there is music with a D.J.,”
Update on Oct. 7:
The restaurant’s name is drawn from Nix’s Mate, an island off Boston Harbor. The first location in Boston was named Nix’s Mate and the rest — including the one planned for Hartford — take Nix’s plus the name of the location.
“That ties us to New England, seafood,” Holly Najdzin, the restaurant’s director of operations told me.
Najdzin said the restaurant was approached about coming to Hartford. The idea about being part of a new development was attractive, she said.
Pricing for Hartford hasn’t been determined; but it will be lower than Boston’s, where entrees run $20-$30, Najdzin said.
With the signing of Nix’s, there is about 15,000 square feet of retail space left to lease out of a total of roughly 60,000 square feet.
Ted’s Montana Grill also will open at Front Street next spring.
Christian said Nitkin is close to signing three more tenants, but he declined to name them. They will mostly be “fast-casual” restaurants, Christian said.