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If you (re)open it, will they come? Uncertainty and anxiety surround...

“It’s going to be a balancing act,” says Connecticut Retail Merchants Association President Tim Phelan. “We’re ready to reopen, and we’re hoping the general public is ready for us to reopen.”

Group of CT Senate Dems question May 20 reopening; Lamont stays...

A group of 11 State Senate Democrats has sent a letter to Gov. Ned Lamont questioning the prudence of starting to reopen some state businesses on May 20 – concerns that the governor tried to assuage during today’s briefing.

Questions growing about how Lamont’s May 20 reopening is being handled

Impatience among restaurant owners and questions about how an outside consulting group is working on Connecticut's soft reopening on May 20 rose to the fore today, as Gov. Ned Lamont acknowledged.

PPE and testing supplies on the way as CT prepares for...

Gov. Ned Lamont also said that talks are ongoing with “a major Connecticut company” that is expressing optimism about developing a vaccine for the virus.

Connecticut Restaurant Association warns Lamont that many eateries ‘will never reopen’...

“Restaurants were the first businesses to be immediately and severely impacted by this crisis, and without your immediate assistance they will also be Connecticut’s first industry‐wide casualty,” Connecticut Restaurant Association Executive Director Scott Dolch warned the governor.

Bars, restaurants doing what they can in face of COVID-19 ban

“Restaurants are not buying a lot of kegs these days,” one craft brewer noted wryly.

Suite Talk: Scott Dolch, executive director of the Connecticut Restaurant Association

"We've never had a James Beard Award winner out of Connecticut," said Scott Dolch. "As a competitive person, that bothers me."

Fairfield County landlords develop a taste for once-scorned restaurant tenants

“Restaurant economics are more of a challenge for landlords. They have a higher electrical capacity and a more intensive use of utilities,” said Jessica Curtis, senior managing director at Newmark Knight Frank in Stamford.

How can restaurant startups avoid a recipe for business disaster?

Insufficient capital and inadequate promotion offer two strikes against aspiring restauranteurs.

Businesses ready to celebrate this holiday season

More than eight in 10 businesses are planning year-end holiday festivities this year, up from about two thirds of businesses that had holiday parties a year ago, according to two recent surveys.

Hospitality in brief

Hospitality news and notes from around Fairfield County.