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Copper Beech Inn, Connecticut

few Mar 21, 2013 04:20 PM

So there are a couple of big signs outside the CBI.

Closed for 4 weeks for renovations
Liquor License application (new owners not just new chef?)

Anyone know whats happening?

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    bettybeech RE: few Mar 22, 2013 07:50 AM

    water's edge resort purchased CBI in 2012. I know they've been scouring the shoreline looking for a chef. Maybe they should concentrate more on improving their own food product first at waters edge. CBI is a wonderful property but needed a facelift. Maybe this will be a smashing success, but I don't think so otherwise water's edge would have better than soggy bunned lobster rolls

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      jdgall RE: bettybeech Mar 23, 2013 05:56 AM

      I must disagree with bettybeech. Did you eat in the main dining room? I was at Water's Edge last week and the food was great.
      As a matter of fact, the Charcuterie was as good as what I had in Paris last Fall. The entree veal chop was tender, full of flavor, and cooked as ordered. Service was attentive with no attitude. Perhaps you hit an off night or did not dine in the main dining room.

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        bettybeech RE: jdgall Mar 24, 2013 04:13 AM

        well I live across the street (basically) from copper beech and have known pretty well all owners starting with Jo McKenzie who started the whole shebang. It's a herculean task to run that property. There isn't much margin for error (trying to run a top flight twelve room inn AND a top tier restaurant) From Jo's days thru Bill V's days (he then failed at Du Glace) thru Tyler and Noel ... it's a huge undertaking that takes a well capitalized owner (which waters edge is)... I can certainly appreciate you having a decent veal chop but in my 10-15 experiences at the waters edge over the years - it just isn't that good in my opinion and beyond that you have a crew at waters edge that IMHO isn't too interested in making their food great. I do think their brunch is excellent, but over the last 12-15 years I don't think I've seen anything from them that makes me believe that they can run copper beech better than the mckenzie family or cook better than Tyler/Noel. I can only hope that I'm not right because I would benefit greatly by being able to walk to CBI and have a great meal and my friends could stay there when in town. It would be perfect. Perhaps the Reids at L&E would be interested in taking over food at Copper Beech. That would be a win

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      few RE: few Apr 1, 2013 01:40 PM

      ok - was at a party last week - and the story is that Waters Edge did NOT buy the CBI

      CBI went bankrupt, the person holding the paper is in the drivers seat right now

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        few RE: few Apr 29, 2013 01:17 PM

        Latest Update:

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          few RE: few May 1, 2013 04:42 PM

          UPDATE: Sign today said : Reopens in 1 week

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            chowmensch RE: few May 2, 2013 09:07 AM

            It will be interesting to see if the food quality lives up to that of previous CPI chefs and administrations. I'm thinking if Water's Edge has anything to do with what comes out of the kitchen, food won't be as good. We'll see though...

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            few RE: few May 2, 2013 05:17 PM

            WOW - Sign says 1 week and they are having an Open House to meet the new chefs next week.....

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              chowmensch RE: few May 3, 2013 07:32 AM

              Here's some encouraging news about the chefs chosen for the CPI. Gaspar Stantic was the chef (owner too?) for four restaurants in Dallas where he received high praise. About a year ago he opened a place on Bank St in New London. Enzo Cannata is one of four Iron Chefs from Italy. He has done some cooking demonstrations recently at Waters Edge in Westbrook. Not sure whether these two will be in the kitchen together or if they will work separately on different days of the week. Sounds promising though.

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              few RE: few May 12, 2013 06:37 PM

              IF this is the "new"menu for CBI, I think they are in for more trouble...this is pretty boring....


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                ratbuddy RE: few May 13, 2013 08:41 AM

                Unless the new chefs are so out of touch that they reached back to 1994 and completely ignored the local movement, that menu cannot possibly be current.

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                  few RE: ratbuddy May 13, 2013 02:40 PM

                  I concur. This was on their website - I did not get a chance to go to their Open House last week - but if this is the menu, I am deeply disappointed.

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                    few RE: ratbuddy May 13, 2013 02:44 PM

                    On the other hand,the rumors are/were that the Waters Edge people were involved somehow - I went to look at their dinner menu - equally uninspired....

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                      rbailin RE: ratbuddy May 13, 2013 09:22 PM

                      According to Google, this main courses menu was posted "3 days ago" (May 11), along with this equally uninspired appetizers menu:


                      Perhaps we can all look forward to lots of "specials."

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                        few RE: rbailin May 14, 2013 06:35 AM

                        & At those prices - they need to to ALOT better than this - lots better food around for less.....

                        hope someone else on CH will be willing to be the first victim - because
                        (a) that menu coupled with (b) those prices......

                        ain't happening for me

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                          chowmensch RE: few May 14, 2013 08:51 AM

                          I may take a hit for the team. I'll let you know if I end up going.

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                        linguist RE: ratbuddy May 14, 2013 10:58 AM

                        The website says that this is what they have to offer now, while waiting for the new operation. I'd wait to see what turns up when they actually open the new restaurant.

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                          few RE: linguist May 14, 2013 05:30 PM

                          what are you looking at? this is all I found:

                          Look for our new restaurant name in the upcoming weeks and in the meantime, be sure to check out our new dining offerings now available!

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