Talk about taking directions to heart! Nixs tag line, “Play Nice” “Have Fun” was the mantra at its new restaurant on Front Street in Hartford Tuesday as the by-invitation-only crowd got its first look at city’s newest eatery in the emerging entertainment/dining district.
“This is so exciting,” said Riverfront Recapture CEO/president Joe Marfuggi, the guy who has helped nurse the Front Street vibe to reality over the years. “Now people can really see all this area is going to be.”
“Look at it, what’s not to be excited about,” said Hartford’s Dept. of Development Services, EDD director Wayne Benjamin as he surveyed the handsome place, best known for its seafood and its Boston roots. “This is great for Hartford.”
Classic movies played on big screen televisions as guests arrived for red carpet photos, a tantalizing seafood display, and appetizer and cocktail samplings that showed off the best of the restaurant that officially opens Saturday, Aug. 16. Among those welcoming the crowd was Nixs managing partner Abner Kurtin.
“We could not have been more welcome here in Hartford,” said Kurtin about choosing Hartford as one of its locations. Anxious to form a bond with the other new restaurants in the district, Kurtin and the other restaurateurs are already working on an October block party for the area, one aimed at cooperation rather than competition.
A familiar face that was part of the welcoming committee was former Treva general manager Yaz Sheriff, who has taken over the same job at Nixs.
Marfuggi, with longtime honey Sherry Brown, didn’t miss a trick when it came to taking advantage of the happy crowd to further promote his dear riverfront and its benefit to the city.
“The Big’Mo is Sept. 13,” said Marfuggi, referring to the very popular annual party that celebrates the river and the development around it. “It’s at 777 Main Street this year and it will be a great party.”