Westport, CT Food & Drinks

Middletown Press

'It's been a nightmare': Local restaurant owner struggles through pandemic with labor shortages, high food prices, and no federal aid

BROOKFIELD — Joe Attonito knew opening a brick-and-mortar restaurant during a pandemic would be difficult. What he didn’t anticipate were the ripple effects and challenges more than a year down the line: staffing shortages, food and material price spikes, and a kitchen fire. He also didn’t know how hard it...

Rock City Dogs is fully open and ready to rock in Bay Shore

This place is like a modernized version of New York’s storied CBGB club. There’s always rock and roll in the air at Bay Shore’s Rock City Dogs, with playlists that are a combination of familiar hits and deep cuts — all curated by owner and lifelong rocker Stevie Reno. The...
Connecticut Post

State finds labor violations at Vazzy's restaurant in Bridgeport

BRIDGEPORT — The state Department of Labor on Friday announced that, as a result of “widespread violations,” a restaurant owned by John Vazzano will pay nearly $100,000 in back wages to dozens of employees and in civil penalties. And that settlement only ends the state’s probe into the well-known restaurateur’s...

Bethel restaurant set close after owners sell: 'I wouldn't count us out'

BETHEL — After four years of business, the owners of J. Lawrence Downtown have decided to sell the popular downtown restaurant and cocktail bar to embark on a new life chapter. The decision was not only unforeseen by patrons, but the owners themselves. Kelly LaReau said she and her husband,...
Middletown Press

In Westport, outdoor dining not going away any time soon

WESTPORT — Last winter, outdoor dining was “a must” for the Westport branch of Romanacci, said the restaurant’s owner, Maurizio Ricci. The COVID-19 pandemic had brought capacity restrictions for indoor dining and, at the time, the restaurant was in a smaller space. Expanding operations to out-of-doors, “was a must for...
Connecticut Post

Milford restaurants earn high health scores

MILFORD — City eateries continue to earn high marks from the local Health Department. Out of the 314 health inspections performed by the city’s health inspectors, none were under 80 points, the minimum passing score on a 100-point scale. Health inspectors visit restaurants quarterly, and grade them on a numerical...