The City Plan Commission this week approved a special exception request from one non-conforming use (a package store) to another (a restaurant) for 9 Dixwell Ave., where Lauren Zucker, Yale's director of New Haven affairs, said two restaurants will locate.
said the special exception would allow a 14-seat restaurant and a second one with a maximum of 40 seats to take up the ground floor of a four-story apartment building, which would continue to be used for housing.
"I think it is going to be great for the whole community, both the Broadway district and the Dixwell district," she
Already approved is a 74-seatTarry Lodge,a Mario Batali restaurant, one of many iterations of restaurants run by Batali and his
It will open at 278 Park St. in a space that has been vacant for seven years.
The sign in the window of the Park Street space, which is near Elm Street, says the eatery is coming soon.
expects it to open in the fall.
said Siguenza has a "farm to fork" philosophy when it comes to sourcing the ingredients for his menus.
They are working on the building now," Zucker
said of Harvest, which will feature fine dining.
Siguenza openedCavain New Canaan about 10 years ago and also owns55 Degrees in Fairfield,as well asScenain Darien.
"Between Mario Batali and the Harvest people," Zucker
said, it shows that New Haven has really arrived.
"It's pretty exciting.
We have a lot of restaurants that are interested in coming here, continuing to build on a strong reputation," she
expects to be announcing soon who will lease 1 Broadway at the corner of York Street, where Au Bon Pain was located.
said it will not be a restaurant.