Donovan's in South Norwalk-CLOSING
After more than a century of continuous operation, Donovan's is closing before the end of the month. Not only is SoNo losing the only place of its kind...an neighborhood-style pub/watering hole/meeting place...it is supposedly being replaced by a French restaurant that will undoubtedly be more expensive and less welcoming.
The unquestioned Best Burger in Connecticut will be no more.
awww I spent many of my high school years there drinking. Good joint but it has been pretty empty whenever I have driven by.
Are you kidding me? I just ate there two weeks ago? We walked up and down the whole block and it was the only establishment that exuded any character, it was incredible! Excellent burgers and ice cold Octoberfest on tap. Awwww damn! Doesn't anyone care about culture anymore? Is there no historical society in Norwalk trying to save it?
Don't panic. Not a French restaurant. According to the local paper today it will reopen as the Bulldog Bar and Grill after a month of renovations to build a new open kitchen, tear out old paneling and replace the bench seats. Boxing pics and the bar will stay. Per the new owner: "We are keeping Donovan's the same. We are just dressing up the place a little bit. Why mess with success?" And the old owner, who says he doesn't have the energy to keep running it, says "...the people who are purchasing this know what they're doing."
I guess that's better than tearing it down but the whole charm of that place is that it's like going back in time. If they update everything it's not going to feel the same. I also suppose the prices are going to need some "dressing up" as well.
There's so much goodwill in the Donovan's name, I'm surprised that they want to change it. Sometimes change, though, is good. I guess we'll see.