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There has been lots of talk about what new food establishments will be coming to G-Bury. Just wanna put all the rumors in one place.

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  1. Five Guys is considering the former Friendly's.

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    1. re: jcanino

      Five Guys has announced that they will be taking the old Friendly's building. I am not aware of any other new places coming in. Jay

      1. re: JayCT

        Wow, finally....I heard the rumor months ago, they were interested in the former Japanese place that was knocked down

        1. re: BiscuitBoy

          Any word on what will be going in the former Chikurin location now they've leveled the building?

          Also, we shall see if the soon to open Maggie McFly's can break the curse of the Glastonbury Blvd. building (formerly Bennigans, Houlihans, Angelico's, et al).

    2. The Nathan's/Kenny Rogers/Arthur Treacher's on the G-bury/EH border has closed. I'll keep an eye on the location.

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      1. re: njmarshall55

        I'm sorry to hear that. It was the only restaurant in the area to get a Nathan's hot dog. If I wasn't always trying to eat healthy perhaps I would have eaten there more often when I worked in the area. Oh well. The place wasn't that great anyway.

        1. re: ntuitive1

          I retired from P&W in June, and I used to go there at least once a week for Philly cheese steak, which I thought was pretty good. Haven't been back since I retired -- feeling a tinge of guilt.

          1. re: sbxstr

            I was laid off from P&W in 2009, now work for another co. way west of there. I haven't been back there since either so I hear you about the tinge of guilt!

        2. re: njmarshall55

          I noticed some guys working on the old Nathan's yesterday so I decided to walk by and take a look. It's going to be another frozen yogurt place, CherryBerry:

          http://www.cherryberryyogurtbar.com/L...

          1. re: crackersjacks

            They're popping up everywhere...a product that requires toppings to be palatable (like coldstone). Anyone remember the last wave of froyo? When these places go out of business, those taps can be used for BEER...Now THERE'S an idea!

            1. re: BiscuitBoy

              The fish place in Bristol, franchised by Doogie's Hot Dog (newington), alos closed and is now a froyo stand. How much froyo can we eat?

              1. re: njmarshall55

                I'm with BBoy--I'd rather have beer! Enough with the froyo already--we have not one, but TWO in M'town, and just diagonally across from each other fercryin'outloud!

                But those pour your own wine places had a hard time getting traction, too. Who's to say beer would fare better?

            2. re: crackersjacks

              Ugh, I just don't see frozen yogurt working in that location, and yes, we have too much of it already.

          2. Noticed the for sale sign down in front of the Chickurin lot on Main Street. Is something coming? Any word on that?

            1. Saw in the Citizen that 5 Guys is going for zoning approval to occupy the old Friendly's building. Looks like a good location for it.

              1. Saw this on craigslist today, b.good coming to Somerset Square:

                http://hartford.craigslist.org/fbh/37...

                I've never heard of them before, looks like all of their locations are in Massachusetts.

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                1. re: crackersjacks

                  I wonder if they are going in the other half of Chipotle's building in the middle?

                  1. re: crackersjacks

                    Nice find! Funny how they keep hitting the "local" button...Local to where, I wonder, like is the beef local to Burlington, Hingam or Glastonbury?

                    http://www.bgood.com/menu.php

                  2. I have been wondering whats going on a South Tavern lately. I heard a rumor that it had been sold. It is still open but definately seems to be less of a crowd these days. Anyone know of anything?

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                    1. re: askeenan

                      I drive by often...That place is always crazy crowded...it was when Anna's sold it as well

                      1. re: BiscuitBoy

                        Maybe it WAS sold....closed over the weekend, with a dumpster in back. That place always seemed like goldmine to me

                        1. re: BiscuitBoy

                          I read in The Citizen that South Tavern is being taken over by Angelo's. It will be an Italian style restaurant like Angelo's Main Street restaurant further north. We have been going to Angelo's for year and know him (he was a former neighbor). I was just in there before I read bout it. Next time I will ask him. Jay

                          1. re: JayCT

                            Really? Interesting. Very odd that a hot place like that changes hands so many times...and making it less of a bar, only bites into the bottom line, you know? Anyway...Angelo's - Been there a coupla times. Considering the menu and the food, it always seemed like a Greek run kind of place, serving Italian food

                            1. re: BiscuitBoy

                              You are correct that Angelo's is Greek run Italian. Their existing location does a great bar business so I assume the new South Glastonbury location will be the same. I am also guessing that a family member will likely run the new restaurant. It seems that Angelo runs the pizza takeout and his wife runs the sit-down restaurant/bar. Maybe his daughter and/or son-in-law will run this place, though they did also own or have interest in a place in Manchester. Jay

                    2. Drove by "the Burger Co." Today on New London Turnpike. I wasn't surprised the see the windows and door covered up (quality went way down after this fall). It was inevitable it would close anyway with so many better burger joints coming in (five guys, b. good). Surprisingly, I saw signs up for "Gideon's Barbeque Smokehouse" on the windows. This may be interesting considering there are no barbeque joints in the g burbs. If they serve quality, homemade, legitimate barbeque, I'll predict a huge success. Unfortunately, northern barbeque restaurant usually cut corners resulting in a sub par product (with the exception of B. T.'s smokehouse in Sturbridge, Ma which is to die for). I guess we'll see

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                      1. re: Ajd103

                        Wow, sorry to hear that Burger Company closed. I did like their burgers occasionally. Still a good barbeque place would be a welcome addition to town. Look forward to it opening. Jay

                        1. re: JayCT

                          Same here. I was in a milkshake mood yesterday and almost found they closed out the hard way. Thank goodness I had a Plan B. HA HA HA HA, G'bury humor, get it? :D

                          1. re: kattyeyes

                            Yeah they did have great milkshakes made with Robb's Farm Ice Cream. No worry though, you can still get your shake at Robbs, a couple of miles to the south. Jay

                            1. re: JayCT

                              More scenic at Robb's Farm, anyway--plus barnyard animals. :)

                        2. re: Ajd103

                          I am also sorry to hear the Burger Co. closed. I liked their burgers and their fries were pretty great. I don't have high hopes for a BBQ joint- as others noticed they tend to cut major corners up north- but would love to be proven wrong. Burger places (from low brow to gourmet) are a dime a dozen in the area. BBQ would definitely fill a void.

                          What I really want to see in Glastonbury is a good bakery with great bread...

                          1. re: mels

                            Have you tried Taino Smokehouse in M'town?

                            1. re: mels

                              I have found Patty Cakes to be very good. I wish they had rye bread but their others breads are good. And their bagels are excellent being that they come from Wes of Bagelz fame. Jay

                              1. re: mels

                                It's not G'bury, but in Plainville, Mangiaficco's bread is excellent. We've tried the new Mozzicato's in same town, but bread left something to be desired. For BBQ on this side of the river, I prefer Texas BBQ...Flaggstead in Farmington fills the bill.

                                1. re: mels

                                  BTW, perhaps not what you're after, but I love the bread at Whole Foods in G'bury. That's the only place I make a point to buy bread anymore. Especially fond of their pain au levain and sourdough, or the one with cranberries if I'm craving sweetness.

                                  And to clarify--specifically WF in G'bury. West Hartford doesn't have the extensive selection G'bury does. Learned this the hard way looking for my usual favorites in the other location.

                              2. Just read that a new burger place called b.good is coming to Somerset Square. It is a Boston area chain and provides all natural and farm table foods. It looks a bit pricey. We will see if it can make it. Jay

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                                1. re: JayCT

                                  I saw something (and didn't say something) when I was at Harvey & Lewis last weekend. I'll pay better attention when I go back tomorrow. Whatever it was looked like it was already there and the b. good site says OPENING IN JULY!

                                  Burgers AND shakes. YES! Finally, someone gets it right--besides the place that closed.

                                  ETA: Was this what you read, by chance?
                                  http://articles.courant.com/2013-06-2...

                                  1. re: JayCT

                                    I hope "all natural" doesn't mean grass fed. It is tasteless compared to grain finished beef.

                                  2. Anyone tried either B. good or Gideons BBQ Smokehouse? Both are open now. If so tell how it is! Also, five guys is supposedly beginning construction very soon. Any info on that? And finally, Friendly's is the first confirmed tenant in The Shoppes at Avalon (retail development between griswold and main). Looks like they're making a comeback!

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                                    1. re: Ajd103

                                      Had a chance to eat at B. Good on Saturday. The interior is designed with pictures and stories about some of their suppliers showing that they are real people and not major companies. My wife and I had burgers which were very good and very tasty. My specialty burger said it had sauteed jalapenos which I thought was interesting. Upon inspection, they seemed to be just thinly sliced and not sauteed. Nevertheless, it was good enough for us to want to go back.

                                      1. re: Ajd103

                                        We've tried them both over the last week or so. Been planning to write a review "B.good needs to B,better" because they are not so good. Burgers are okay - maybe 4 oz grilled. The fries though are terrible - tasteless, soggy. Their brochure claims they have less fat content than the competition, which suggests to me they use some kind of "healthy" frying oil. Yuk, especially factoring in the $$$s. Gideons BBQ Smokehouse, on the other hand, was pretty good. Some of the same staff from the Burger Co. We had brisket ($10) and pulled pork ($8) sandwiches which were both very good. Good smoke flavor, good sauces. Good side of coleslaw and okay fries. Only complaint is the size - huge! We'll go back again and probably split 1 sandwich - food capacity isn't what it used to be unfortunately. So, 1 thumbs up 1 thumbs down.

                                        1. re: sbxstr

                                          Does Gideon's have a for real smoker? The website is amateur hour, hope they didn't pay too much for their "brand identity designer"

                                        2. re: Ajd103

                                          Are you sure about Friendly's going into The Shoppes at Avalon? I believe the developer of that center sued Friendly's several years ago over access through their parking lot of their original store that closed. It still remains to be seen if that center ever gets built since the developer has minimal experience and hasn't done anything in years there.

                                          1. re: JayCT

                                            http://www.courant.com/community/glas...
                                            It's in the last sentence. I really don't know if I even want a friendlys back in Glastobury.

                                            1. re: JayCT

                                              Somebody began pushing dirt around behind the Friendys site last week or so.

                                            2. re: Ajd103

                                              I tried Gideon's recently...the good: Had the pulled pork sandwich, moist, tender meat, the chipotle sauce is nicely spiced, and not too sweet, portion size seemed about right, tho the sides are a little skimpy. The bad: The pork had little smoke flavor, no bark, seemed what slow cooker shoulder must be like.
                                              I may be back to try the ribs...hard to hide behind the sauce for those. Clean place, friendly service

                                              1. re: BiscuitBoy

                                                Sounds like you should stick to Taino! ;)