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Labor Day Dining Deals In Connecticut

The unofficial end of summer is here. Enjoy the long weekend with these specials at Connecticut restaurants:

All weekend at Dish Bar & Grill and Sorella in Hartford, buy any entree and get the second one half-off, plus half-price bottles of wine and all-night happy hour from 3 p.m. to close. Dish also offers a $25 Sunday brunch, with choice of entree and two cocktails.

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New Eats At Big E: Fried Booze, Bacon Mac & Cheese Cones, Garbage Bowls

The inevitable has happened: The Big E has found a way to deep-fry a cocktail.

New England's largest fair, returning Sept. 18 through Oct. 4 at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, will serve up fried appletinis and Cosmopolitans this year. The vodka comes courtesy of western Massachusetts' own brand, V-One, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

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Umi Sushi Closes In West Hartford

After almost exactly five years in Blue Back Square, Connecticut's first kaiten-style sushi restaurant has closed its doors.

Umi Sushi and Tapas, which opened in August 2010, introduced freshly made conveyor-belt sushi to West Hartford. Chefs prepared sashimi, nigiri and sushi rolls for diners to select from the rolling belt.

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Foxwoods Introduces Restaurant Month

Foxwoods' inaugural Restaurant Month begins Sept. 8 and runs through Sept. 30, with prix-fixe menus at nine of the resort casino's eateries.

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Neighborhood Nourishment At New Haven's City Point Kitchen

Dr. Francis Lobo arrived in New Haven as a Yale School of Medicine student in 1987, and he's never left. After completing his field of study in allergy and immunology, he's practiced in greater New Haven for more than two decades and serves as a faculty member at his alma mater. Now he's channeled his love for the Elm City into a brand-new project: a foray into restaurant ownership.

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'Bear' Excited About His First New England BBQ Championships On Riverfront

The past 13 months have been hectic for Jamie McDonald, better known as the "Bear" in Bear's Smokehouse.

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