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Ted's Montana Grill Opening May 12 on Hartford's Front Street

By LEEANNE GRIFFIN

A La Carte

5:14 PM EDT, April 22, 2014

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Ted's Montana Grill has a date for its debut on Front Street in Hartford. The casual family restaurant chain, co-founded by media mogul Ted Turner and restaurateur George McKerrow Jr., will open officially on May 12.

The Hartford location will be Connecticut's second, joining another at the Promenade Shoppes at Evergreen Walk in South Windsor. The 4,600-square foot space will seat 160 guests, with 50 employees and three managers, according to the company.

"Downtown Hartford is experiencing a renaissance, and we want to be a part of this close-knit community,” said McKerrow, who serves as the company's CEO, in a press release. “Hartford has an interesting dynamic of strong businesses, convention goers, students and a new generation of young entrepreneurs and their families."

The "Big Sky"-themed menu includes a mix of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, steaks and seafood. Among the signature items are the Salt n'Pepper onion rings, burgers made with choice of ground beef or bison, bison meatloaf, pecan-crusted trout and cedar plank salmon. Ted's also uses several eco-friendly practices and technologies in its restaurants.

Ted's Montana Grill is at 35 Front St. 860-692-1167, tedsmontanagrill.com.