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Frank Marchetti and Michael Marchetti own restaurants in Old Greenwich, Stamford and Westport.
The nonprofit organization Walkway Over the Hudson arranged for the study, which was prepared by Newburgh-based Pattern for Progress with support from Marist College and student researchers.
"We've never had a James Beard Award winner out of Connecticut," said Scott Dolch. "As a competitive person, that bothers me."
Super Duper Weenie in Fairfield was praised for creating "some insanely delicious hot dogs."
Outside of Connecticut Magazine's eatery rankings, three Fairfield County businesses were among those honored in the Health & Beauty category.
Among the winners are Gabriele's Italian Steakhouse in Greenwich, The Capital Grille in Stamford and Hartford, and the Barcelona Wine Bar chain with several locations.
"We wish to host high-quality, locally based food trucks to provide fresh, gourmet meals for our patrons," said Nod Hill Brewery co-owner David Kaye.
An increase in Connecticut’s sales tax for restaurant meals could result in lost jobs, according to a study released by the Yankee Institute for Public Policy.
The oyster bar occupies what used to be a Peachwave frozen yogurt shop.
“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.
Mark Berlin, who owned Fairfield Food Services, pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud related to his defrauding three restaurant groups.
Insufficient capital and inadequate promotion offer two strikes against aspiring restauranteurs.
Newtown's Sal e Pepe snags top honor for Overall Excellence.
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