Jerry Fornarelli, who boasts the trio of well-known Hartford nightspots, Up or On the Rocks, The Tavern Downtown and The Russian Lady, is expanding to the suburbs.
Fornarelli is opening a new restaurant/entertainment venue, the Tavern at the Exchange, in the space vacated last year by Murphy and Scarletti’s.
The new restaurant will serve lunch and dinner by day, and at night feature entertainment , music and dancing at the place located in Farmington’s Exchange complex on Farmington Avenue near the University of Connecticut Health Center.
Fornarelli’s Up Or On The Rocks location has been in the news lately. Earlier this month two people, in separate incidents, were killed outside the Union Place nightspot following fights that began inside and spilled onto the street after the club closed. Fornarelli temporarily closed the club while he worked with police on a better security plan.
According to Kami Slattery, sales and events manager for the Farmington venue, the former Murphy and Scarletti’s space is undergoing a renovation that includes taking down walls and redecorating to give it a “new feel.”
“There will be a more extensive menu than Downtown Tavern,” she said, explaining that the feel of place will most replicate Fornarelli’s The Tavern Downtown. ”And there will still be a private dining room for small parties or meetings.
The new place is scheduled to open in late September, she said.