Ted’s Open, Lovallo Returns, Capital Grille’s Butler To The Altar

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Is Ted’s Montana Grill open? Is Capital Grille’s Joe Butler getting married? Was Dan Lovallo back ongalpin WDRC Saturday? Are the Salute guys opening another place to eat?

Yes, yes, yes and yes!

Ted’s Montana Grill, and its famous bison burger, is now in Hartford at its new location in the Front Street complex.

The handsome restaurant, with an even more handsome bar, is serving lunch and dinner and if you do stop in, make sure to meet its general manager, John Halpin.

A seasoned restaurateur, Halpin is also from Ireland so saying hi and chatting a bit is music to the ear, thanks to that wonderful Irish accent.

Speaking of Front Street, don’t be surprised when you don’t see its managing partner Joe Butlerteds (2) around later this week.

The man is getting married.

Butler and fiancée, Courtney Hankamer, will be saying “I do” to each other on Saturday in Hamilton Square, NJ.

And then it’s off to Mexico for a honeymoon.

Your mind was not playing tricks on you if you tuned into WDRC Saturday morning and thought you heard one of its former show hosts at the mic.

Dan Lovallo, who the station sent packing two years ago, was invited back to do a guest stint at the station.

But it was just a onetime deal.

“I had fun,” said Lovallo. “I am still looking for full-time work, though I am involved in other ventures.”

cosgroveSpeaking of other ventures, Salute’s Andy Rizzo, Jimmy Cosgrove and Dave Caudill are opening a new place to eat if you are in the mood for something sweet!

The three well-known downtown Hartford restaurateurs are now partners in a Sweet Frog Premium Frozen Yogurt franchise in East Longmeadow, Mass.

“It’s a good business and we thought it made sense,” said Rizzo who will be doing heavy lifting at the franchise, expected to open after Memorial Day.

And what’s in it for Hartford?

“We plan to do what we can for the community, in Hartford and in East Longmeadow,” said Rizzo, referring to the generous donations of food and service the restaurant guys are known for, so don’t be surprised to be tasting Sweet Frog’s “cake dough” yogurt at a non-profit event in Hartford soon!

Set your recorder or tune into CBS at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday. You might recognize one of the contestants on the game show, “The Price Is Right.”

Bloomfield resident Koryn Rose-Walker participated on the show episode which airs May 14. What or if she won is a secret. Word is to tune in.

And finally, if you haven’t noticed yet, a couple of well-known and well-liked Hartford faces aren’t in their usual around spots around town anymore.

LB Munoz, organizer extraordinaire at Real Art Ways has left her job there and Front Street’s Spotlight Theatres managing director Steve Menchell has also moved on.

Munoz and well-known Hartford artist Anne Cubberly have  started a new business, “Kinetic Dreams.”

 

 

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