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Haven Hot Chicken

Haven Hot Chicken Brings a Taste of Nashville to the Elm City

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.

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RSVP Only If You’re a Mensch

RSVP, a French restaurant in West Cornwall, isn’t for everyone, but it’s an absolute gift to those who are right for it. I wouldn’t be surprised if its owners would prefer not to have media coverage, because its seating capacity is very limited and it has developed a loyal cadre of customers who love it, understand it and are well-suited to the dining experience it offers.

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Arturo Franco-Camacho

Camacho Garage Debuts in Westville

On Wednesday, September 23, New Haven’s Westville neighborhood was abustle with the press opening of Camacho Garage, which is from the team behind Shell & Bones in New Haven & Geronimo in New Haven and Fairfield. The restaurant’s name, motif and Mexican street food theme are a tribute to chef and co-owner Arturo Franco-Camacho’s father, Pedro Camacho, who operated a garage in Tijuana.

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Hartford Stirs to Life as Max Downtown Reopens

No Connecticut town seems to have experienced a greater loss of significant restaurants in the past year and a half—pandemic-related or not—than Hartford. The reopening of Max Downtown sends a signal. It seems like a vote of confidence.

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