Not sure if it was my imagination but there seemed to be more “suits” than usual in downtown Hartford Thursday, specifically at the soft opening of The Capital Grille in the Front Street complex along Columbus Boulevard.
A posh dining room and New York-style lounge attracted a who’s who of Hartford’s most well-known, most dressed in their best just days before the city prepares to officially welcome the high-end steakhouse at a ribbon-cutting Monday.
“Everybody has been waiting for this place to open and it is living up to the expectations,” said well-known attorney and community volunteer Jennifer DiBella, part of the decked out invited crowd that got a sneak peek at the place and enjoyed the dinners that have made the steakhouse famous.
Among those at the soft opening were a crowd from the nearby Connecticut Science Center including CEO Matt Fleury, his wife WFSB anchor Irene O’Connor and WFSB meteorologist Mark Dixon.
“We were lucky,” explained Fleury. “We were having a gala committee meeting and were invited over,” he explained as the group sampled an assortment of the Capital Grille’s most popular appetizers. The science center gala has its outer space themed-Green Gala on Sept. 28.
Diners were very impressed with the venue and more importantly, what the opening of the long-awaited restaurant means when it comes to the vision of the Front Street restaurant and entertainment complex taking form.
“I think it’s just the tip of the iceberg,” said local businessman Tony Costanzo about the increasing activity at the downtown complex that will also welcome Infinity Hall and Ted’s Montana Grill in the spring. “Great things are happening.”