Leeanne Griffin

Writer

Leeanne Griffin is a multimedia food and dining reporter for the Hartford Courant, covering openings and closings, events, trends and general news from the Connecticut dining scene. She’s been with The Courant in several capacities since 2006, starting as an online producer for courant.com. She earned a master's degree in journalism from Quinnipiac University, where she first discovered the magic that is New Haven apizza.

Recent Articles

  • The Halal Guys Opening In New Haven

    The Halal Guys Opening In New Haven

    The Halal Guys celebrates the grand opening of its first Connecticut restaurant, at 906 Chapel Street in New Haven, on Sept. 9 at 11 a.m. The New York-based business started as a hot dog cart in 1990, and has grown to multiple brick-and-mortar locations in the United States and beyond. Another...

  • Present Company Opens Wednesday In Former Mill at 2T Space

    Present Company Opens Wednesday In Former Mill at 2T Space

    Present Company, the new venture by former ON20 chef Jeffrey Lizotte and Grants manager Tom Gale, will officially open Wednesday night in Simsbury’s Tariffville section. Lizotte and Gale announced in late July that they would open a new restaurant in the former Mill at 2T space at 2 Tunxis Road....

  • Mohegan Sun Hosts New England Food Truck Festival

    Mohegan Sun Hosts New England Food Truck Festival

    The New England Food Truck Fest at Mohegan Sun runs Sept. 3 from noon to 10 p.m. and Sept. 4 from noon to 6 p.m. in the casino's Winter Parking Lot, with more than 30 trucks, kids’ activities, live bands and fireworks. Participating food trucks will serve a wide range of items, including fried...

  • J. Timothy's Closing Temporarily For Renovation

    J. Timothy's Closing Temporarily For Renovation

    Dirt wing and craft beer fanatics need to get their fix at J. Timothy's before Aug. 27, as the Plainville tavern plans a temporary closing for major kitchen updates and expansion.  The project, involving installation of a custom-designed walk-in cooler and renovation of the kitchen cooking line,...

  • Onyx Moonshine Hosts Secret Stash Beer Bash

    Onyx Moonshine Hosts Secret Stash Beer Bash

    Onyx Moonshine hosts its Secret Stash Beer Bash Aug. 27 at 4 p.m. at Goodwin College in East Hartford, a beer-tasting event featuring local Connecticut brews that have been aged in spent Onyx Moonshine whiskey barrels. More than 20 participating state breweries have received Onyx barrels to produce...

  • Tom's Urban Opens At Mohegan Sun

    Tom's Urban Opens At Mohegan Sun

    Tom's Urban is now open at Mohegan Sun, with a menu of global "street foods"  inspired by co-founder Tom Ryan's travels. Food options include a variety of small plate options like Xiangxiang crispy duck wings, al carbon steak nachos and wok-charred spicy edamame. Other categories feature urban...

  • A Sneak Peek At West Hartford's Savoy Pizzeria Napoletana

    A Sneak Peek At West Hartford's Savoy Pizzeria Napoletana

    It will be another two months before Savoy Pizzeria Napoletana officially debuts in West Hartford Center, but guests at Friday's Max Chef to Farm event got a sneak preview of its cuisine. Max Restaurant Group has been building anticipation for Savoy, its 11th location, with the "Savoy Road Show"...

  • Bishop's Orchards Hosts Shoreline Wine Festival

    Bishop's Orchards Hosts Shoreline Wine Festival

    Bishop’s Orchards Farm Market & Winery, 1355 Boston Post Road, Guilford, hosts the annual Shoreline Wine Festival Aug. 13 from noon to 7 p.m. and Aug. 14 from noon to 6 p.m. with Connecticut wines, food and live music. Participating wineries include Bishop's Orchards, DiGrazia, Holmberg Orchards,...

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