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Fornarelli Takes Over Farmington’s Murphy and Scarletti’s Space

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fornarelliJerry 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.


Farmington’s Murphy and Scarletti’s To Close?

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Murphy and Scarletti’s, the famed Farmington restaurant that served up as much late night fun and dancing delight as it did pasta, is apparently closing in January.

Facebook and Twitter postings began last week about the anticipated closure. Staff referred calls to the manager, explaining the restaurant was not taking bookings beyond the beginning of the year because it could be closing. Owners, however, declined to discuss the reports until after the holiday season.

“There is no comment right now,”  said co-owner Bill McDougall, who, with Bryan Moffett, owns the popular pasta grill and bar located in the Farmington Exchange across from UConn Medical Center.

Known best for its wide range of live music from blues to rock, an always lively Happy Hour, and its reputation as the place to go on Friday and Saturday nights, the restaurant also serves up a noteworthy  menu that included its pizzas,” build-your-own- burgers and pasta dishes for those who came to dine.