Bonefish, Copper Beech and WTIC’s Craig

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bone2Bloomin’ Brands Fleming’s, Carrabba’s and of course Outback restaurants are all staples when it comes to eating out in Connecticut.

But now the Tampa-based company has opened another of its subsidiaries, Bonefish, its first in Connecticut, at The Promenade Shops at Evergreen Walk in South Windsor.

The casual dining seafood restaurant opened last week, and included a media night to let the world know exactly who and what they are.

One of the most excited at the opening night was partner Buzz Karnbach, who relocated to Connecticut from Florida.

“I worked for the company in Florida and my wife wanted to come back to Connecticut,” said Karnbach. “this opportunity came along so here we are.”

“This came along and my wife wanted to come back to Connecticut and so here we are.”

boneKarnbach’s partner in the venture is Michael Dearing.

The South Windsor restaurant is the first of several Bonefish Grill locations set to open in Connecticut this year. Watch for others in Newington on the Berlin Turnpike and Canton at The Shoppes at Farmington Valley soon, Karnbach said.

Speaking of restaurants, the landmark Copper Beech Inn is undergoing a post-foreclosure makeover.

The historic inn closed a few weeks ago after financial problems for its CBI Acquisitions prompted owner Ivoryton-Main LLC to foreclose.

A sign in front of the inn that included two restaurants, the fine dining Copper Beech inn and the more casual bistro, Pips Brasserie, claims it is under new ownership, will open in four weeks and lists Michael Fitzgerald as the permittee.

Most recently the place boasted famed chef Noel Jones as its executive chef, a relationship that was short lived. Jones left in January, shortly after the foreclosure action began.

And finally, WTIC radio personality and actor Gary Craig is literally preparing for yet another movie close up this week, this time in Boston where he will be shooting scenes for a new David O Russell film.

The film, also known as its working title, “American B——t,” and also referred to as “Abscam Project,” is about a financial con-man who was caught by an out-of-control federal agent along with his girlfriend in the 1970s. Starring in the movie is Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, and Jeremy Renner.

Craig, who has had bit parts in several movies, will play a mobster in the film.

According to Craig, he improvised scenes for the audition and callback noting that Russell’s comment to him after his tryout at the callback was “Now there’s a gold star face,” whatever that means!


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