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Veteran Restaurateur To Open in “Garnish” Space

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garnishsilo_optCall it culinary karma.

A day after Bristol restaurateur J.R. Rusgrove announced he was closing his popular “Garnish” restaurant in the Forestville section of Bristol earlier this week, another well-known area restaurateur showed up at the door because it was just the kind of space he wanted for a new venture.

Gary Santorso, whose family owned the former Silo restaurant in Farmington for decades,  will  open a new restaurant in the space by spring.

“I have been looking for a new restaurant site since the Silo closed,” said Santorso whose family was synonymous with the Route 10 restaurant that closed last year. ”J.R.’s landlord called me last Sunday and I went down to talk business. We have reached a deal.”

Santorso is still finalizing plans for his new place on Central Street, including a name.

“I was up at 3:30 this morning thinking about the menu and what we will be doing to the space,” said Santorso. “I am so excited about this.”