A round-up of openings, closings, and other news about West Hartford businesses.
By Ronni Newton
May is coming to an end on a very summery note, and although as I write this on Sunday it’s still relatively cool outside, by the time you read it on Monday the temperature will certainly agree that it is the unofficial start of summer.
Many people have the day off on Monday, and I hope it provides the opportunity for some downtime as well as a chance to reflect on the meaning of Memorial Day and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve our freedoms and way of life.
It’s been a tough week for this country, and there is certainly a lot to consider as we grieve for the families in Uvalde.
West Hartford’s traditional Memorial Day observance returns this year for the first time since 2019, with the parade kicking off at 10 a.m., followed by a ceremony at the Veterans Memorial in the Center right after the parade (approximately 11 a.m.). Look – and listen – for a military flyover during the parade! Everything you need to know about parking, road closures, and other Memorial Day schedule changes can be found through this link.
I didn’t anticipate last Tuesday night’s Town Council meeting lasting as long as it did (but there was a lengthy discussion on the adult-use cannabis ordinance, and you can find that story here) and I didn’t manage to eat dinner before the first public hearing began at 6:30 p.m. That was a big mistake, but many thanks to Council member Al Cortes who passed out Women’s History Month Hershey Bars which definitely assuaged the hunger! (When I got home around 10:30 p.m. I did up the nutrition level with my usual post-late-night-meeting meal of scrambled eggs.)
Dinner at the Town Council meeting on May 24, thanks to Al Cortes. Photo credit: Ronni Newton
Ted and I headed to Nantucket on Wednesday morning for a quick visit with his parents, and even though it was quite windy we did get a few good walks on the beach before some foggy and rainy weather set in. Millie, of course, enjoyed her happy place.
Millie enjoyed a beach day in Nantucket. Photo credit: Ronni Newton
Friday night dining out was at Fusaro’s, one of our favorite Nantucket restaurants, a hidden gem that has great food and isn’t overly expensive.
Linguini with clams and prosciutto (foreground) and chopped salad with grilled chicken from Fusaro’s in Nantucket. Photo credit: Ronni Newton
Millie actually got an extended vacation with our kids and their friends because she stayed on Nantucket while we headed to Barrington, RI for an east coast reception celebrating the wedding of one of Ted’s cousin’s sons. The weather cleared up and the sun came out by the time we arrived, and it a wonderful reunion with some family members we hadn’t seen in many years. Saturday ended with a casual dinner at a sports pub before heading home for the rest of the Memorial Day weekend.
Veggie burger and fries from Dublin Rose Irish Sports Pub in Rhode Island. Photo credit: Ronni Newton
Thanks to all who provided some advice and referrals regarding our need to replace the furnace and possibly add air conditioning. The air conditioning is going to be something I really crave this week!
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West Hartford is still in the COVID-19 red zone, but the case counts have finally started to decrease in town after at least six or seven weeks of increases. Recently, the West Hartford-Bloomfield Health District issued a warning urging the community to take precautions and to utilize available resources to avoid contracting the virus. Please have patience with each other and our choices, continue to look out for each other, support our local businesses – and stay safe and healthy.
If you have information to share about local businesses, please provide details in the comments or email Ronni Newton at [email protected].
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Here’s this week’s Buzz:
Anna Le, co-owner (with her cousin, Karen Le) stands behind the counter of the new West Hartford Kung Fu Tea franchise. Photo credit: Ronni Newton
Kung Fu Tea is now open at 5 South Main St., West Hartford. Photo credit: Ronni Newton
Kung Fu Tea is now open at 5 South Main St., West Hartford. Photo credit: Ronni Newton
Kung Fu Tea is now open at 5 South Main St., West Hartford. Photo credit: Ronni Newton
Kung Fu Tea is now open at 5 South Main St., West Hartford. Photo credit: Ronni Newton
Arhaus is planning to renovate the former Ruby Tuesday space and an adjoining space at Westfarms. Rendering by RDL Architects. Town of West Hartford website image (we-ha.com file photo)
Arhaus is planning to renovate the former Ruby Tuesday space and an adjoining space at Westfarms. Rendering by RDL Architects. Town of West Hartford website image (we-ha.com file photo)
Arhaus gave a presentation to the Town Council on May 24 during a public hearing before the vote to approve their application. At left is the current view of the exterior area at Westfarms, and at right is the Arhaus plan for updating. Photo credit: Ronni Newton
Portobello Pizza Restaurant plans to open in the former Williams Shoes space at 132 Park Rd. Photo credit: Ronni Newton
Christopher Clarke will receive the Noah Webster Award, the Chamber of Commerce’s top honor.


Jason Chang (left) and Lawrence Silbart. UConn Today image
Awardee Sara Schulwolf, accepting the U.S. Public Health Service 2022 Excellence in Public Health Award (USPHS) from Dr. Melissa Held, associate dean of student affairs at UConn School of Medicine. UConn Today photo
From left: Andy Fleischmann, Little Brother Lennox; Little Brother Nigel; Little Brother Leo; Little Brother Lawrence and their mom, Nija Deleon-Saunders. Courtesy photo
Remember, if you have any business news to share, add it in the comments section below or email Ronni Newton at [email protected].
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