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Mama Roux's in Cromwell CT is closing

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I had my heart set on getting Mama Roux's excellent pulled pork sandwich today. It turns out that they are closing! We spoke to someone there, she said that this Saturday/Sunday will be the last days.

I asked what happened; she didn't really know, had no contact with the owner. Strange and sad.

  1. That's really too bad! I only made it there once and had really hoped to return. Without that or O'Rourkes breakfast in that area will have a serious void.

    1. Wow. I was just there a couple of weeks ago. I had a nice breakfast with the sweet potato home fries. It was almost at capacity. Mar-Shall's, the restaurant in that space previous had the best corned beef hash and was crowded whenever I was there. What is it about that place?

      1. My wife and I went over to Cromwell to visit Mama Roux's Kitchen for lunch today at about 1 PM. (Sunday, Aug 19th.) We were quite surprised to find the door was locked.

        We've been fans of Mama Roux's Kitchen for a few years now. Being Southerners and living here in Connecticut for the past 27 years, we were delighted to find a place that had some of the dishes we'd grown up with, and many different, interesting and delicious variants of classic cuizine. No place is perfect, but the friendly, casual atmosphere and friendly staff did their best to make it as good an experience as they could. The owner, Kim Fong, is alway friendly and brought a creative touch to the menu.

        I'm so sad to hear of the place's closing. My wife and I both (not having previously been frequent coffee drinkers) both loved her coffee, and would buy pre-packaged beans from there so we could enjoy it daily.

        We'll really miss Mama Roux's Kitchen. In my experience, its menu and specials are not available anywhere else in Connecticut.

        Here's hoping that Kim Fong and her staff do well wherever they go.

        Rod and Rhonda Lane
        Southington

        1. I am SHOCKED to hear this. This place is one of the best in the area. Sorry to hear this. Jay

          1. This does stink, but if you've already travelled to the area, Melilli's on the other side of the train tracks on Main St. Cromwell, has a pretty good breakfast, clean environment and very nice servers. It's no Mama Roux's as far as unique cuisine, but it is way better and generous than most diners and other breakfast places around here.

            1. A friend just informed me that they drove by Mama's today and it is open. Thought you may be interested. Jay

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              1. re: JayCT

                Thanks for the excellent news, Jay!

              2. Just drove by the site. Mitchell's [from Silas Deane Highway in Wethersfield] is opening Mitchell's on Main. The restaurant sign lights were on tonight. Don't know when the opening will be.
                Also, the new lights for O'Rourkes Diner were also on tonight. What a great way to light up this rainy, dreary night.

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                1. re: mofongoman

                  I had been meaning to add this. I had heard it months ago. This is good news since Mitchells is very respectable and has been aorund forever. Still won't be the same though, but better than the place being empty. Jay

                  1. re: JayCT

                    There's a Mitchell's in Vernon as well - are they the same folks?

                2. Kim has Re-emerged!!! She is working for the new Bistro 942 on Main Street in Hartford. Used to be the Euro Cafe. Great owners. This is right around the corner from Rosco's Big Dog's new location.

                  1. rumor of another re-emergence? friend thought he saw a "Mama Roux" sign somewhere, not Cromwell, have to get more info. anyone???

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                    1. re: monafelice

                      Kim is opening in Higganum, Rt 154-site of former Me and McGee's, where she had been cooking past year. Opening late Sept, early Oct.

                    2. There's a current thread in progress now, with news about Mama Roux's. We'll lock this one. Please follow along here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8679... Thanks!