While everyone flusters about $47,500 in state money used for the soon-after closed Thirty5 Bar & Grille on West Hartford’s LaSalle Road, there is more news about the space.
A French bistro will soon open there, courtesy of a familiar West Hartford restaurateur.
Dorjan Puka, who, with his wife, owns the popular Treva Restaurant & Bar on Farmington Avenue, plan to open the French-inspired restaurant at 35 LaSalle Road in the next few months.
“We are hoping to have it open in three months,” said Puka. “We aren’t sure of the name yet but it will be an authentic French brasserie. ”
Puka said Treva will continue to be open as well, noting that French and Italian foods are his “favorites.”
Puka said he and his wife just returned from a two-week trip to France.
“We can’t wait to do this,” he said. “West Hartford has Italian and Mexican and Asian cuisine restaurants but no French ,” he said. “People think French food is all heavy and expensive but it is not that way. That is why we will be doing “bistro” style food. Basic good food, simple, affordable but so wonderful.”
Four months after a big splash announcing its new look and new menu, the former Reuben’s Deli, renamed Thirty5 Bar & Grille at the end of last year, has closed.
The closing comes after owner Brian Hersh received about $47,500 in state money for the makeover through the state’s Small Business Express Program.
Located at 35 LaSalle Road (thus the new name at the time) , the place that suffered serious damage in July, 2012, in the midst of its expansion project.
Hersh was enthusiastic when he opened the New York-style deli in 2010, with optimistic plans about the expansion. He could not be reached for comment Monday.
An automated message at the restaurant says “Thanks for calling Thirty5 Bar & Grille. We are now closed for business. Thank you and good luck.”
It’s official. West Hartford has another new restaurant. Sort of.
Thirty5 Bar & Grille, formerly Reuben’s Deli, has opened for business at 35 LaSalle Road.
Owner Brian Hersh announced Tuesday the transformation is complete, one that was delayed because of a fire a few months ago at the popular deli.
As Thirty5, the full service restaurant includes a full service bar and boasts a new menu, new chef and Happy Hour bargains, $35 for two Sunday brunch as well as the same omelets and corned beef that put the place on the “must eat there” map.
Go to www.onlasalle.com for more information.