The Capital Grille Takes Prime Space At Hartford’s Front Street

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On Sunday, my colleague MaryEllen Fillo reported The Capital Grille will open its second Connecticut steakhouse as part of the Hartford’s Front Street complex.

Front Street’s leasing agent, Eagle Rock Retail, has a leasing plan posted on its web site that says the upscale restaurant plans to open next year. The plan shows the upscale restaurant has leased 8,090 square feet in the northeast corner of the complex, facing Columbus Boulevard and the convention center.

The Capital Grille will be located in Hartford’s Front Street across from the convention center. Photo by Cloe Poisson/

The Capital Grille joins the four-screen Spotlight Theatres, which opened two weeks ago, and Infinity Music Hall & Bistro, which is targeting an opening next fall.

In addition to signed tenants, Eagle Rock’s leasing plan shows a wish list for remaining tenants for the 60,000 square foot complex: a Brew Pub, a “Fast Casual ” restaurant, a seafood restaurant, an ice cream venue, and a wine bar.

The spaces range in size from 1,500 square feet to 11,500 square feet, according to the leasing plan, but could divided differently depending on the tenants that are ultimately signed.

MaryEllen reported that Company president John Martin had this to say in an email about Capital Grill opening at Front Street:

“We are absolutely delighted to bring The Capital Grille experience to guests in Hartford,” Martin said. “Our convenient location adjacent to the Connecticut Convention Center offers us an amazing opportunity to be part of a bustling destination for shopping, business and entertainment.”

Check out the leasing plan here.

Capital Grille did not return several telephone calls this afternoon seeking additional comment. Eagle Rock and Front Street developer HB Nitkin declined to comment this afternoon.

See MaryEllen’s post from Sunday here and my blog post from July here reporting that Capital Grille was considering Front Street.




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9 thoughts on “The Capital Grille Takes Prime Space At Hartford’s Front Street

  1. Bri

    Do the “wish list” restaurants denote what Eagle Rock is actually pursuing, or will they take what they get for those spaces? Fingers crossed that Legal Seafood would show some interest in this space. I think the regional chain would do well here.

  2. MG

    I think a Legal Seafood would do fabulously well in the Hartford area period. It has surprised me that there isn’t one, so much better clam chowder than anywhere around here.

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  4. MG

    The TJ Maxx that used to be the Civic Center Mall was the third highest profit in the whole chain. Downtown needs a place for someone to buy clothes on a lunch break that isn’t Stackpole.

  5. pete

    Notice how there is no mention of the millions DANNY BOY gave them. It is the only way anyone moves to the rathole city of Hartford.

  6. Tom

    I wasn’t aware that “Danny Boy” as referred to above had kicked in some of our dough, but risky or not, this could be one of “his” best investments of its’ kind that I have heard of. Most of the hundreds of millions of dollars he has dished out have been a waste, going to very successful companies who had no intent on moving out of state, anyway. The theory was to give money to companies to attract them to Connecticut, so they would create new jobs. I believe millions went to one in state company who is not required to create new jobs for 10 years. Poor old ESPN was another.

    Sorry to get political, could not resist picking on such an easy target as Dan, but at least I feel a gift like this would be a good one, IMHO. My biggest concern is that Hartford already has a few upscale restaurants that might be impacted by Capital Grille, but I’m all in favor of seeing Front Street finally get going, after the damn Patriots used and abused Hartford and Connecticut to get their new stadium. (I know, political again! I may have been a Pats fan today if not for Bob Kraft’s crafty move. Go Giants!!)

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