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New Elm City Tavern Takes Over Richter's Space

New Elm City Tavern Takes Over Richter's Space

Nearly everyone in New Haven has a Richter's story, including native son and restaurateur Jason Sobocinski. The historic tavern on Chapel Street welcomed beer-drinking crowds for nearly 30 years before closing in 2011.

Sobocinski's memories are fond – he points out the booth where he spent one of his first dates with his wife, and he laughs as he recalls a verbal spat between a group of his friends and Yale students in blue blazers.

"I can literally say I've been kicked out of my own bar," he said.

Since April, the old Richter's is now Ordinary, the newest manifestation of the space that has actually served as a drinking establishment since the 1600s....