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Small Bites: Dining News And Events

Sliders Grill & Bar has opened its sixth location, at 1265 South Main St. in Middletown. The sports bar and restaurant has 180 seats, 28 big-screen HD TVs and a menu of appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, wraps, salads and wings with a choice of 21 housemade sauces and 5 dry rubs. 860-788-7337,

Wood-n-Tap, 3375 Berlin Turnpike, Newington, hosts a Barrel-Aged Brunch event Dec. 16 at 11 a.m., with five different barrel-aged Founders Brewing Co. beers and buffet-style brunch bites. Featured beers include Canadian Breakfast Stout (CBS), Kentucky Breakfast Stout (KBS), Lizard of Koz, Breakfast Stout and Nitro Breakfast Stout. Tickets, available on Eventbrite, are $50 (plus fees.) 860-594-8808,

Artisan at the Delamar Hotel, 1 Memorial Rd., West Hartford, hosts “S’mores Sundays” at the outdoor fireplace on the Delamar lawn this winter, starting Dec. 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. Complimentary marshmallows, chocolate, graham crackers, along with hot chocolate for kids. 860-937-2525,

The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Ave., Windsor, hosts a holiday cocktail tasting Dec. 22 at 6:30 p.m. with samplings of a variety of holiday drinks, passed hors d’oeuvres, waffles and cookie bar. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. 860-757-0658,

Amis Trattoria, 1 Church Lane, Westport, hosts a Feast of the Seven Fishes dinner Dec. 23. The special prix-fixe menu is available in addition to the regular menu for $65 ($35 for additional beverage pairing.) Dishes include tuna croquette with puttanesca sauce, spaghetti and clams, polenta with scallops and citrus and monkfish pizzaiola. 203-514-4906,

The Extreme Pint Brewfest will be held Jan. 13 at the Polish National Home of Hartford (60 Charter Oak Ave.), with beer tastings from 20 local, national and regional breweries, a buffet of Polish fare and music by Boo-Yah featuring members of West End Blend. Tickets are $65. The festival starts at 4 p.m.

Coyote Blue, 1960 Saybrook Rd., Middletown, is offering two-for-one taco platters for $12.95 every Tuesday in December, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The restaurant opens at 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and at 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. 860-345-2403,

Shell & Bones, 100 S. Water St., New Haven, has launched a new winter brunch menu. Entrees ($9 to $20) include crabmeat avocado toast with poached egg, buttermilk fried chicken and waffles, duck and sweet potato hash, smoked salmon waffle and meatloaf sandwich. Shell & Bones also features a new menu of special hot drinks ($6 to $13) with bourbon, Scotch and rum, available during brunch and dinner service.

Brunch is served Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 203-787-3466,

Restaurateur Jonathan Rapp, owner of River Tavern and OTTO Pizza in Chester, has closed Wright’s Bar & Wood-Fired Grill in the Centerbrook village in the town of Essex. In an email from the restaurant group, he noted that he and his staff would be “directing all of our efforts toward restoring River Tavern to its place as the area's best restaurant and continuing the simple excellence at OTTO.”

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