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New Restaurant Proposed for Main Street

The new restaurant would serve breakfast and lunch in the downtown area.

Main Street might be getting yet another new restaurant. 

A request for a building permit currently pending with the town's Building Department seeks to covert the 1,323-square foot space at 639 Main St., formerly the Health Studio, into a restaurant that serves breakfast and lunch. 

The proposed restaurant is still pending approval by the building department and does not have a name, but a sign in the storefront window touts that the location will be "opening soon" in "spring of 2013." 

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The permit estimates that $28,500 worth of renovations will be made to the space. The permittee, Kimberly Barnett, could not be reached for comment Wednesday afternoon.

M. Troy February 20, 2013 at 11:53 PM
do we need another breakfast restaurant ? ?
Rudy Hrubala February 21, 2013 at 12:05 PM
What we do need is an upscale restaurant that will serve great steaks and seafood and able to draw people from Manchester as well as surrounding communities. My wife and I enjoy fine dining but with one exception we find ourselves going outside downtown Manchester for an exquisite meal.
CHARLES SHEEN February 21, 2013 at 12:31 PM
This is gonna be awesome. Love me some new tasty eats in my home town!!
Jack Benton February 21, 2013 at 01:05 PM
What we really need are a few upscale retail stores to support the restaurants.
Mark LeClair February 21, 2013 at 01:18 PM
Perfect - now we'll have 6 places on Main St competing for the same customers. I agree with Mr. Benton and Mr. Hrubala; create an upscale alternative so we don't all have to keep running away from Manchester towards Glastonbury to Max Fish and J. Gilberts. Breakfast and Lunch is not the solution. Brass Key, Sunny Side Up, Landmark and Cosmic Omlet have this market locked up.
Rebecca Smith February 21, 2013 at 02:10 PM
You forgot Fanny's....Kitchen(?) & The Sinnamon Shop. Thats FIVE breakfast places on Main St. already, & they're already established, with their regulars. I cant understand y anyone would want to try to compete with them or would think they'd succeed. Succeeding in the restaurant business is hard enough without coming into an already saturated market.
Mark LeClair February 21, 2013 at 02:19 PM
Great point Ms. Smith. I don't frequent Fanny's or Sinnamon, but I know that they are quality and beloved by their regulars. I want to see the EXISTING businesses thrive in their niche (breakfast and lunch). I really hope Ms. Barnett, the future proprieter will read these posts and consider a change up of her business plan. I appreciate that this is easier said than done, but worth a conversation.
salk February 21, 2013 at 02:35 PM
Don't forget CW's for your fine dining. Its located right on Hartford Rd in Manchester. We do have plenty of lunch/breakfast place in the downtown area. Only a few short blocks away is the Country Club, Roccos, and The Main Pub.And don't forget when the warm weather returns, so do the hot dog carts along Main. I would really like to see other types of establishment to draw to Main Street. We really need some type of retail/maybe a drug store or a bakery on Main. Would love to have the Post office return to Main,too.
downtoearth February 21, 2013 at 02:49 PM
Every new business is a vote for Manchester. Be happy! Good luck to the owner!
Maureen Barton February 21, 2013 at 03:10 PM
CW doesn't have the ambience on the outside of a fine dining establishment, but the food is fantastic. I agree that the market for breakfast on Main Street doesn't really need any new competitors, but there are other parts of town where this might work well - maybe she could open in the former Blue Duck plaza, and then I can walk to a breakfast place.
mary February 21, 2013 at 04:45 PM
That would be cool if it was more of a coffee shop type place (like Tissane in West Hartford or Cafemantic in Willimantic). This is something Main Street lacks and I think really needs. I anticipate such a place would be a big hit and would take business away from the mall area (Panera, Starbucks) rather than from other downtown establishments.
Joyce Hodgson February 21, 2013 at 05:24 PM
Delighted for new business, always, but it would be great to have a breakfast/lunch restaurant in the north end! As a member of SHARE (South Manchester History Arts Recreation and Education) collaborative, we just celebrated our 5th year anniversary by distributing SHARE mugs to all the breakfast places in Manchester - 10 received them!! But there are none in the North End. The closest one would be either Shady Glen in the Parkade or Pastrami on Wry, but that's sure not in the north end.
Jerry O'Connor February 21, 2013 at 05:37 PM
Fine Dining in Manchester: Cavey’s, Market Grille Just a Notch Below/Great Food More Casual Atmosphere: Manchester Grill, Carabba’s, Adam’s Mill, Longhorn’s, Outback. And Don’t Forget: Boston’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, Chili’s, Cosmic Omelet, Dairy Queen, The Gathering, Hartford Road Café, Landmark, Main Pub, Mulberry Street, Oak Street Pub, Olive Garden, Panera’s, Pepe’s, Shady Glen, Sonic, Texas Roadhouse, Tullycross, Waterview Café. Plus… all the others mentioned above and dozens more including some great Indian, Thai, Japanese and Vietnamese cuisine. Whatever kind of food you’re in the mood for…. whatever your budget… and whatever kind of atmosphere…. You can find it in Manchester. Not to mention just over the SW line in Evergreen Walk (new Bonefish coming soon!). People are always asking me “When are they going to stop putting new restaurants in Manchester?” My answer is “When you stop seeing lines out the door for so many of these places on Friday and Saturday nights!”
Mr D February 21, 2013 at 06:06 PM
New business on Main Street is always good, but how about some retail stores? We could really use a nice clothing store. A book or gift shop would be nice. People out for lunch would find it convenient to do an errand while out rather than driving to the mall after work. A breakfast place in the North end would be a great addition! Ruth Ann
Ryan Bilodeau February 21, 2013 at 06:37 PM
Main st is definitely starting to thrive again.
Nikki Arel February 21, 2013 at 07:12 PM
I TOTALLY agree! As a small business owner on Main Street, there are few places to grab a tasty cup of coffee after 1 or 2 PM on Main Street. I try to schedule in a break to walk to Great Harvest and get my afternoon tea or coffee, but someplace open throughout the day with light meals/treats and a upscale coffee-bar menu would be a welcome addition. My other workspace is about a mile from Tisane and I am there FREQUENTLY!!!! And the hours are great, in that you can get food and drink between 2 and 5, when there are few places open for food on Main Street.
patricia vazquez February 21, 2013 at 07:17 PM
There used to be a coffee bar on Main Street called Equator back in the late 90's. There were bands there on the weekend. It was a great place to go to if you wanted to hear a band but didn't want to be around alcohol. Now that we have MCC on Main I bet that place would be a hit.
Sam H February 21, 2013 at 08:27 PM
As a new resident on Main St - I'd love to see a coffee place, maybe a few more dinner choices, and some retail? I'm pretty happy with my breakfast and lunch choices - there are more than five places to choose from!
James Bond February 22, 2013 at 01:28 AM
Business growth is great for the town.I hope the parking issue will be addressed soon.That's still a nightmare when trying to go to one of these establishments.
Lisette Vasquez February 22, 2013 at 03:54 AM
I'm homesick for ny delis, diners, bagel shops ...the breakfast special. Although we could use am authentic Irish pub too.in addition to some fine upscale cuisine to bring the block back to what it once was or what it should be. Now aside of food I think we need something for the kids to do. The little ones that arent in school yet don't have enough options for the winter indoors.
Christine Bedrossian February 23, 2013 at 03:24 AM
New place on main sounds lovely.good coffee and nice atmosphere is a way to attract costoners. Kid friendly restaurant is what I like to see more. Thanks for reading my comment
Nutmegger February 23, 2013 at 05:07 PM
CW's hardly qualifies as "fine dining." It's in a strip mall with a DQ and a karate studio. It has nice food, from what I hear, but it's never going to be confused with a Glastonbury or West Hartford Center restaurant...or our own Cavey's.
Nutmegger February 23, 2013 at 05:10 PM
I agree with others that there just isn't a market for this, what with all of the existing breakfast spots. If it were more afternoon/evening-oriented and more like a coffeehouse than a breakfast spot, that would be better and better meet the current demand. Hopefully the owners will read these comments and consider the feedback.
Sam H February 23, 2013 at 05:20 PM
Nutmegger - While I agree that the external appearance of CWs leaves a lot to be desired, the interior and the food itself is definitely more upscale. Have you eaten there?
Nutmegger February 23, 2013 at 05:34 PM
Sam H, I have not (seafood allergy), but I have heard good things. But the fact remains that you can't compare it to a fine dining establishment when it's located where it is. "Fine dining" is a very specific term that refers not just to food, but also to high-quality interior and exterior ambiance, a rigid dress code, etc. The only place we have in town that clearly qualifies as fine dining is Cavey's. I'm not knocking CW's; I'm just saying it can't be put in that particular category. At most, it's at the midpoint between casual and fine, which is good for the Manchester market in general.
karen February 24, 2013 at 02:14 AM
I think it's better than an empty store and I've heard it will be an organic and all homemade venue. Good luck to them!
Danielle barnett March 21, 2013 at 07:50 PM
Im the daughter of the owner, there is always room for restaurants you would be surprised. There is no need for hate. And who can afford an upscale anything with an economy like this?? There is always caveys if you want to spend lots of money on food. There is a public lot right on the street next to catsup only a 30 second walk to what's going to be a fantastic restaurant. It's called center perk and will be open in may!!!!!!! I hope to see all of you there! My names danielle and I hope to serve you soon :)

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