Economic Crisis Be Damned!

In the spot where Bistro 942 stayed open for less than a year, and where Euro Cafe flailed before that, another establishment is going to try its luck. Bocca Rossa, a wine bar and lounge, will be wedged in the space between Dunkin Donuts and City Steam Brewery. Although Rosco’s on nearby Temple Street did not fare well, new restaurants continue to pop up in this section of Downtown.
The sign promises that the restaurant will be coming soon, but does not specify a date. I’m waiting for Kyto, a sushi restaurant on the corner of Pratt and Main, to open. That was supposed to happen over a year ago, and it appears to be under construction, still.

Cinema, Cocktails, and Creative Cuisine

In November, the Capitol Cinema Collective will be bringing independent short and feature-length films to the city in its Hartford International Film Festival. This Wednesday (10/22) there will be a fundraiser for the Hartford International Film Festival at Barça Restaurant and Tapas Bar in Parkville at 7pm.

I have had the chance to preview some of the films to be shown in November and will be going on Wednesday to support this. Barça is in the Design Center at 1429 Park Street.

Last Chance!

food.jpgThe West End Farmers’ Market will be shutting down for the season this Friday. This means that Tuesday and Friday between 4 and 7pm are your last chances to stop by the market at the corner of South Whitney and Farmington until Spring 2009.
These other Hartford farmers’ markets are scheduled to remain open until the following dates:

Capitol Avenue (next to Bushnell) – October 27
Park Street (Park & Washington) – October 27

Billings Forge (Broad) – October 30

Northend Farmers’ Market (Coventry St.) – November 5

Downtown Farmers’ Market – Thanksgiving

Cultural Events at the Riverfront

Mark September 20th, 21st, and 27th on your calendars. These events are free and open to the public. There are nearby bus stops and parking lots.

September 20: Dragon Boat Races and Asian Festival : There will be dancing, drumming, and martial arts. All of these events promise food.

Septemeber 21: Incredible India Festival and Walk : music and entertainment

September 27: Pipes in the Valley Celtic Festival : Highland games, whisky tasting, Red Hot Chili Pipers, bagpipes, drumming, kilt-wearing, and kids’ activities

News from Around Town

I’ve been on a semi-vacation for the past week, which means I’ve been taking a lot of daytrips and trying to stay out of my own way. There will be photos. Actually, the new image header at the top of the page (leave the reader and see website) is among them, taken of Hartford from Heublein Tower on a day that didn’t seem hazy until I climbed up Talcott Mountain.

Amy Bergquist has information about the sidewalks in the West End, which seem to have a life of their own and for which homeowners are responsible for maintain. In case anyone was curious about what bloggers talk about when we get together for coffee, it’s sidewalks.

Jude, who has been paying attention to the development along New Britain Avenue, writes about new restaurants that should be opening in Elmwood any day now. I know that I remember someone dubbing Elmwood as “honorary Hartford,” so it fits here. Maybe we can start a movement to annex Elmwood?

Meriden is also honorary Hartford, but is too far away for that to work; however, the new Springfield-to-New Haven commuter rail will be closing such distances. Helder Mira has information about a fundraiser for this project (the railway, not my fantasy of annexing Meriden).

If it’s important for you to have control over your transportation, there are two events coming up that might be of interest. First, the monthly Bike-To-Work event will be happening on August 29th. Some of you might already bike or walk to work regularly, but during this event, you can get breakfast. Even though very elderly riders put me to shame last year, I suppose I should mention that the Discover Hartford Bicycle and Walking Tour is scheduled for September 13th. It’s not a race, but I recommend training if you are deficient in muscles as I was for the tour last year.

Okay, back to my pseudo-vacation.