Carmen Anthony’s Wethersfield Closes

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caThe Wethersfield Carmen Anthony’s Fishhouse, the landmark steak and fishhouse on the Berlin Turnpike, has closed.

Owner Carmen Vacalebre said he closed it Saturday night after struggling for three years to keep the location open.

“For the sake of my other employees and my other restaurants I had to make the tough decision to close Wethersfield,” said Vacalebre, who also owns Carmen Anthony restaurants in New Haven, Waterbury and Woodbury which remain open. “We are an upscale restaurant and between the economic downturn several years ago and weather and some other factors, it was the perfect storm.”

The 13-year-old, 9,600-square-foot award-winning restaurant has been a well-known spot for fine dining, as well as parties and special events over the years. It was also a favorite gathering place for politicians from Hartford and surrounding towns.

Vacalebre, who owns the two-and-a-quarter acre property at 1770 Berlin Turnpike, said he has officially put it up for sale.

Valcalebre said he has offered the 34 employees the opportunity to apply for jobs at his other locations.

He also notes gift certificates will be honored at his other restaurants, he said.

Vacalebre sold the assets of his Carmen Anthony restaurant in Avon a little more than a year ago. The Grist Mill restaurant is now located there.



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13 thoughts on “Carmen Anthony’s Wethersfield Closes

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  2. Stunned

    This location is the kiss of death for a restaurant, although CA lasted a lot longer than most.

  3. george pappa

    I’m so sorry to here about the closing of Carmen Anthony’s. It’s not the quality of food, or atmosphere, it’s the demografics of the area. A $100-150 dollars is a lot of money in a troubled economy that we have experienced for the last five, or six years now. I have to say CA would do well in Glastonbury due to the growth in housing, and the the income levels there. Glastonbury has done a great job in developing the down area with restaurants, and a huge medical office complex off of Hebron Ave. Many people accross the river travel to Glastonbury due to the newness, atmosphere, and choice of places to eat. You can’t say is it Hooter’s, or Carmen Anthony’s. Great job Carmen, and God bless.

  4. Jon

    I have been there several times and was disappointed each time. The quality of the food and service did not justify the price. I can’t say I am suprised every time I drove by the place it was empty.

  5. Robert

    With several GREAT restaurants downtown, and amazing restaurants in West Hartford and Glastonbury, who would eat at Carmen Anthony’s? Apart from the terrible location, the food was mediocre and overpriced.

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  7. Lynne

    I’m not surprised. The prices were WAY too high for the quality of food offered there. You can’t charge New York prices for mediocre food..esp. on the Berlin Turnpike.

  8. Vernon

    Carmen Anthony’s was resistant to any change. It was always pretty good, but always the same, and always very expensive and getting more and more tired. The owner blames the “perfect storm” of economy, weather, etc. as the reason for this business failure, like it is all beyond his control. I don’t hear successful restaurant owners like Richard Rosenthal of the Max Group complaining. They are in the same weather and the same economy. Billy Grant’s restaurants are booming. Ruth’s Chris on the Berlin Tpk. is always packed. Mr. Vacalebre’s New Haven restaurant is probably also on its last legs. With so many great restaurants there like Union League and Ibiza, who wants to go there?

  9. Common Sense Carol

    I have been to all of Carmen Anthony restaurants several times. I certainly have been there on an off night, but when I want to impress, this is where I go. Not expensive for the quality of food and service. Sorry to hear about the Wethersfield restaurant. We will miss you!

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