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Mar 10, 2012 07:00 PM

Savin Rock Roasting Co - Stratford, CT: What's up?

My sister told me that it was "locked down.". Padlocks on doors. Is this true? Anyone have the scoop? Underage drinking possibly? Never a huge fan, but good place for sandwich and comedy shows.

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  1. I don't know what happened, but it's been closed for at least two weeks.

    1. would this be considered a restaurant topic-just confused about what will or wont be here after a few weeks

      btw savin rock has always had a certain ring to it-but for the heck of me I dont know why

      maybe jimmy's made it famous?

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      1. re: madeliner

        Jimmie's is one of the surviving hot dog/sea food emporium from Savin Rock's heyday (but not the opriginal building or location.

        Savin Rock was a major seaside resort/amusement park in West Haven, CT that functioned from the turn of the 20th century, until done in by redevelopment in the latter half of the century.

        Famous food items....Jimmie's hot dogs, originally Roessler Yellow Tag, split and grilled on a flat top served on a toasted roll. Jimmie's hot lobster Roll (actually mixed with lnagostino to cut costs).
        Terry's Honeydew popcorn, sold in colored bricks of assorted flavors.

      2. Hubby stopped by today to read the orange sign on the door- "Closed by order of execution of property", which doesn't sound like they will be reopening soon, if at all. The outside marquee lights had been going on, but the place has been completely dark for several days.

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        1. re: JenJeninCT

          The restaurant was owned by the two brothers who own Gabrielle's in Orange and the owner of Lorenzo's in West Haven. It is my understanding that the two Gabrielle brothers have separated, so I can't help but wonder if that is the cause of this. Parenthetically, the Friday night Treehouse Comedy performances that were at SRRC are now at Lorenzo's.

        2. Inside word is bankruptcy or otherwise infighting between partners. I hear its already been picked up and will re-open as the 'river bistro' or something along those lines; and possibly in time for the summer.

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          1. re: CookFreeOrDie82

            They have been working on it furiously all week- landscaping and whatnot- so I would expect it to open relatively soon.

            In other news, the cursed location across the street, next to BJ's, is for lease AGAIN. Bye, bye Bossa Nova.

            1. re: JenJeninCT

              Oh well it didn't do anything for me anyways, its too good of a location (on the water) for a "theme" restaurant I think....on the plus side they are getting ready to open a vietnamese restaurant right next to BJ's in the plaza, can't wait!

              1. re: JenJeninCT

                Drove by today at 12:15, the parking lot was 1/3 full, seemed there was some sort of a private meeting/event going on in the dining room with coffee urns and water pitchers set out

                1. re: LorenV

                  I remember when Chowder Pot was trying to get Fagan's, but there was some problem with Stratford. Chowder Pot would do great in either of those locations. Even a stinking Red Lobster would do great there.

                  1. re: cheereeo

                    Probably zoning laws, which have since eased a bit. There used to be zero outdoor alcohol allowed. ZERO. But now if the area is enclosed in some sort of way (take a look at Sitting Duck's outdoor "seating") then it's allowed. I do not believe the alcohol has to be in a concealed container (i.e. plastic cup) versus glassware but I do believe this was a major issue with a lot of restaurants both in town and those looking to come here. Or so I've heard/read. Do a search on Stratford zoning laws related to alcohol and something should pop up.

                    Regardless, I do believe the location itself is not cursed...unlike the (former) Bossa Nova space. That spot needs to just be some sort of marina related building. Restaurants open there to a short lifespan that's for certain.

                    1. re: LorenV

                      Interestingly (or not), Chowder Pot also looked at the space that is now the defunct, possibly cursed Bossa Nova.

                      1. re: harrie

                        As a summer resident of Southern Milford, those spots would seem to be ideal fo us, but I think there continues to be major issues with both of these spots:

                        1 - Wrong concept: While there was (and still is) no other Brazilian steakhouse in the area, the fact is that while the prices were generally acceptable for weekend dining, I don't know a whole lot of people (especially in this economy) that will go out on a weeknight and spend $150+ for dinner. If they had a more reasonably priced non-weekend menu, or offered ala carte, they might have had a chance to survive. Maintaining upmarket prices 7 nights a week just doesn't work in a shopping center location - waterview or not.

                        2 - In the case of Savin Rock Roasting, I do understand that the partners had a falling out that led to the demise, but at the end of the day, the food was, at best, okay. That would be the absolute best location for a fine dining establishment, something that obviously has not existed since the lamented Fagan's.

                        1. re: lsnhc

                          Since independents don't seem to do well at either location, my DH and I were thinking something like Bonefish or Joe's Crab Shack might do well in one of these spots.

                          1. re: JenJeninCT

                            I was thinking the same thing...would LOOOOOVE to see Atlantic Seafood Company take up residence there. There aren't ANY in CT!

                              1. re: cheereeo

                                me too- probably the reason I mentioned it, since I just went to one about 3 weeks ago! Have never been to a Joe's Crab Shack or Legal Seafoods, but they couldn't be any worse than what either of these 2 locations have offered so far.

                                1. re: JenJeninCT

                                  oh that it was true
                                  Legal Seafoods is better than what these locations offered, but Joe's is an insult to seafood. Better to sit empty that to have a Joe's come in.

                                  Local comparison
                                  Joe's is to seafood as Pizza Hut (think the dump at Sawmill Road exit 42 on 95 is to Sally's or Pepe's on Wooster Street.

                                  1. re: bagelman01

                                    I suspected as much- the commercials make me think "TGI Crabs"...

                                      1. re: bagelman01

                                        Lots of activity around the facility today. There is a liquor permit posted for the "Riverview Bistro" and there was somebody up in a cherrypicker taking the old Savin Rock Roasters sign off the building. In addition, there was a van from a fish market in the lot, and they appeared to be unloading something from it. So - we should have a new dining spot opened soon. In addition, right up the road on Ferry Blvd, "Off the Hook" is having a soft opening this weekend in the old "Presto" pizza spot (with official opening next Thursday).

                                        1. re: GatorMan

                                          "Off the Hook" sounds interesting. Would that be on Ferry Boulevard in that area between Uberti's Seafood and Par Pools? A fish restaurant I hope.

                                          1. re: cheereeo

                                            Yep - right on the corner across from Uberti's, next to the new karate studio.

                                            1. re: GatorMan

                                              Drove by Off the Hook last night, poked my head in. Nice bar, looked good too. Guy was eating nice clam casino pie next to me_loaded up. Haven't had good saltwater pie since Derosa's in Fairfield. Will try for lunch tomorrow if there not so busy and I could get a tan.

                                              1. re: whatsnotgoodonpizza

                                                Not sure if they're open yet, but the sign is up at the new Riverview Bistro, and there were about 1/2 dozen cars there around 5 this afternoon. Hopefully, this one's a keeper!

                                                1. re: GatorMan

                                                  Riverview Bistro looked open yesterday. And Presto was supposedly FG but didn't last? Best of luck to Off The Hook.

                                                  And Bossa Nova (DOA) is going to be a Vietnamese I read?

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