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All-Inclusive Escape Lounge Opens At Bradley Airport

Just about a month ago, Bradley International Airport officially launched its highly-anticipated first nonstop trans-Atlantic Aer Lingus flight to Dublin, with a celebration featuring step dancers and free Guinness beer.

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A New Era For Elm City's Iconic Anchor Spa Bar

Karl Franz Williams didn't drink much as a Yale student in the 1990s, and he had little familiarity with the Anchor Bar, having only visited once or twice.

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New Bear's Smokehouse Opens On Front Street With Full Bar, New Menu Items

After more than a year of planning and construction, Bear's Smokehouse BBQ has opened its anticipated 6,800-square-foot space at 25 Front St. in Hartford.

"It's been a long process," said owner Jamie McDonald, who first signed the lease in June 2015.

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Peanut Butter Pizza? A Handful Of Wonderfully Wacky CT Pies

Pizza purists, we apologize in advance, but this won't be a discussion about the perfect balance of sauce, cheese and crust thickness. Instead, for National Pizza Month, we're spotlighting Connecticut pies that push the envelope with non-traditional, creative and downright wacky toppings and combinations.

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NoRA Cupcake Company Expanding To Canton

It's a trifecta for NoRA Cupcake Company, which recently announced plans to open a third location in The Shoppes at Farmington Valley in Canton.

Owner Carrie Carella said the Canton shop, which joins the original NoRA store on Middletown's Main Street and the cupcake business's "pop-up" location in West Hartford's Blue Back Square, is slated to open in early November.

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Upgraded American Cuisine, Mixology At Ideal Tavern

A new addition to Southington's restaurant scene hopes to make its mark with elevated twists on comfort food and cocktails with literal sizzle and pop.

Ideal Tavern, which opened on Center Street in July, brings a unique dining experience to the area, combining gastropub-style fare with lively, energetic mixology that plays with liquid nitrogen, custom-made ice cubes and surprising flavor combinations.

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