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Middletown CT closings, openings

BiscuitBoy Aug 2, 2012 07:24 AM

Sammy's Pizza on Broad St has closed and reopened (damn quickly too) as a deli.sandwich sorta place. Sammy's will be missed as there is now a large void in good, reasonably priced Italian (Serbian? Croatian? Bosnian?) food in the area. Will be giving the sandwich place a try in a couple of weeks. New to open is a Vietnamese place at 505 Main, the new building that was erected where the old place crumbled and tumbled due to snow and the owner's neglect. There is already a Vietnamese joint across the street diagonally, Pho Mai, more of a Pho shop really, that also happens to serve some other fine dishes besides soup. Should be interesting how it plays out. I have a suspicion it may just be a move for Pho Mai, but cannot confirm just yet

  1. BiscuitBoy Oct 14, 2013 09:45 AM

    Michael's Deli, Broad St..No more massive cookies, no more chicken pesto sandwich...CLOSED!

    1. BiscuitBoy Oct 1, 2013 10:39 AM

      US Restaurant and Lounge, Main St closed "temporarily" for 30 days...maybe just some kind of infraction, but the place seemed to be circling the drain of late

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      1. re: BiscuitBoy
        kattyeyes Oct 8, 2013 11:46 AM

        HA! Agree re circling the drain of late. I had high hopes for them when they first opened, too. Oh, well.

      2. BiscuitBoy Jul 11, 2013 06:43 AM

        It’s Only Natural (ION), a veg/vegan joint is on the move again…from Main St Market, north, to the area near Liberty and Main Streets, in the old hardware store that was a longtime “front” for something. Why they would move back to a nasty neighborhood is a mystery.

        A few doors down, Pho Mai, an excellent pho and authentic Vietnamese place, and longtime staple of the area, has closed, it’s building auctioned off.

        And talk about “fronts” the newsstand near the produce place is being remodeled into a deli.

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        1. re: BiscuitBoy
          kattyeyes Jul 11, 2013 07:47 AM

          Oh, Master Supply, you mean? OK, that's the right-sized space for ION. Why they would move back is because that neighborhood is trying to make a move in the right direction, no? Though from a parking perspective, I'm a bit perplexed. Bet they'll save on their rent/lease as well.

          Central News--thought that was the pickle place? It's a proper deli?

          1. re: kattyeyes
            BiscuitBoy Jul 11, 2013 09:17 AM

            I just heard thru the grapevine that ION was not happy with the old landlord, hence the move

          2. re: BiscuitBoy
            kattyeyes Oct 11, 2013 03:48 PM

            Yeah, The Pickle Stand took over Central News by Middlesex Fruitery. Pastrami sandwich--no sir, I didn't like it.
            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JNuqE...

            1. re: BiscuitBoy
              kattyeyes Oct 11, 2013 03:53 PM

              And the Musterdworks food truck (OK, trailer) has moved to the South Green, across from Rite Aid on the little side street near the funeral home and the synagogue...where the "You go, Bob!" truck used to park. :)
              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9105...

              Looking forward to getting there again soon while the weather is pleasant.

            2. kattyeyes May 22, 2013 04:52 AM

              While we're at it, Pho Mai on the river side of Main Street has closed as of a few weeks ago. I heard they lost their lease and are looking for a new spot to open.

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              1. re: kattyeyes
                BiscuitBoy May 22, 2013 06:45 AM

                Get out! What is that landlord thinking? Pho Mai brought lots of business to that seedy stretch of main st, more than Tibetan Kitchen...Would they rather have derelict store fronts or "urban" clothing stores that close after 6 months?

                1. re: BiscuitBoy
                  kattyeyes May 22, 2013 07:21 AM

                  No eye deer. It's sad, isn't it? :( I just hope they'll find somewhere else to reopen. Maybe in nicer digs, even. I always really liked their food.

              2. BiscuitBoy May 21, 2013 11:50 AM

                The old steamed burger place near Subway on Main St will be re-opening as "Sabrozo" ....Peru-based cuisine. Just a sign in the window for now

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