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Small Plates, Big Welcome At Osa

Osa, the new Middletown restaurant by Krust's Kevin Wirtes and Rich Garcia, took longer to open than expected. The owners of the wood-fired pizza and whiskey bar first announced plans for their new project with locally inspired small plates in July 2016, but various obstacles pushed the opening to Aug. 24 of this year.

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CT Chef Van Hurd Talks About BBQ And His All-Star Return To 'Hell's Kitchen'

America first met chef Van Hurd on the sixth season of Fox's "Hell's Kitchen" in 2009, a 26-year-old Texan and self-described "tatted-up country boy" with a larger-than-life personality.

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Max Downtown Unveils Its Drastic, Modern Makeover

Toward the final weeks of Max Downtown's full-scale renovation, Max Restaurant Group founder and president Richard Rosenthal decided to make a major design change.

He had been traveling with his family in Ireland during the Hartford restaurant's summer shutdown and visited a contemporary bar with what he called a "fabulous presentation" of whiskey bottles on a wall with backlit shelves.

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Newcomer Lasting Brass Brewing Already Making Its Mark

Ed Silva's beer-making journey began on his 25th birthday, when his wife bought him a home brewing kit. More than a dozen years later in December 2016, the lifelong Waterbury native would open Lasting Brass Brewing in the historic Old Pin Shop building on the Waterbury/Oakville border.

"I kept educating myself on how to make better beer, the science behind it," Silva says.

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New Haven's Thali To Close; Walking Food Tour Planned For Sept. 30

Prasad Chirnomula has announced he will close Thali, his renowned New Haven Indian restaurant, on Sept.

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Bear's Owner Helping Hurricane Victims As Part Of Operation BBQ

For his 41st birthday on Sept. 10, Jamie McDonald of Bear's Smokehouse requested just one gift: donations to Operation BBQ Relief.

The nonprofit organization, which mobilizes teams of volunteers to cook and serve barbecue meals to people in disaster-stricken areas, was already on the ground providing sustenance and comfort to victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas.

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