It’s always a sad day when a venerated restaurant closes, as Cavey’s in Manchester did in May, 2019. So the looming closure of Cavey’s, esteemed enough to draw gourmands from across Connecticut and even beyond, was potentially a terrible one, both for the community and the restaurant’s loyal and well-trained staff. But there’s a hero to this story—one who might already be Connecticut’s top hero.
Saturday, October 17, was the public opening of Haven Hot Chicken in downtown New Haven—and there was a line down the block. Earlier in the week, my wife Ann and I were the first to attend the press opening of this exciting new Nashville hot chicken restaurant created by a team of industry veterans well known to followers of the Elm City food scene.
The South is rising again in Connecticut—and it’s a good thing. Don’t worry, you won’t be seeing a Confederate flag flapping over the Capitol or The General Lee tearing up the dirt roads of Roxbury anytime soon. But Southern food is definitely making inroads in the Land of Steady Habits.