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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.



CT Mag Releases 2013 ” Best Restaurant” List

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ctcoverIt’s that time of year again when Connecticut Magazine announces its prestigious “Best Restaurant” list, a carefully compiled accounting of restaurants from all over the state that shine in categories ranging from appetizers to service to cocktails.

This year, the landmark list, featured in its February issue,  was created a little differently. Instead of reader votes, magazine editors invited food writers, cookbook authors and bloggers to do the nominating.

Several Hartford area restaurants  made the grade again including Tyler Anderson’s Millwrights in Simsbury, a winner in the “Best New Restaurant”  and “Best Service” categories.

maxBoth Max Downtown and West Street Grill also made the “Best American” list. Among the “Best Overall”  winners was West Street Grill in Litchfield, with Max Downtown, Brasserie Pip in Ivoryton and Hartford’s On 20 making the honorable mention list.

Speaking of Brasserie Pip , the place popular chef Noel Jones landed after leaving On20 last year, it was tapped as one of the “Best Romantic” places to dine and interestingly enough, On20 also made the “Best Romantic”  list as well.

grantdWest Hartford’s Grants made the “Best Dessert” list, Besito “Best Mexican” and Barcelona “Best Appetizers” lists. Among the “Best Italian” winners was Hartford’s Carbone’s.

“Best Brunch” included Hartford’s Firebox, “Best Seafood” included Max Fish in Glastonbury and “Best French” restaurant included Cavey’s in Manchester.

casteakTapped for the “Best Steak” category were Carmen Anthony, with several locations in the state including Wethersfield and Waterbury, and Fleming’s in West Hartford. “Best Prime Rib” winners in the Hartford area were Carmen Anthony and Hawthorne Inn in Berlin.

Named to the “Best BBQ” list was The Pit Stop BBQ in New Britain.

Making the “Best Sushi”  list was Feng in Hartford and Sushi Red in Plainville.

For the complete list go here.