Jonathan Rapp of River Tavern and OTTO Pizza in Chester - and the yearly Dinners at the Farm benefit series - has opened Wright's Steakhouse in Centerbrook, taking over the former Gabrielle's Restaurant space in the village in Essex.
Wright's is described as "a vibrant take on the traditional steakhouse," featuring locally-sourced vegetables and herbs, meats and seafood. The dinner menu lists classic steaks like chateaubriand, wood-grilled NY strip and bone-in porterhouse for two, along with thick-cut lamb and pork chops.
Poultry dishes include duck and fried chicken, and sea entrees feature swordfish, monkfish, fluke and steamed local lobster. "House specials" offer comfort fare: steak frites, shepherd's pie, meatloaf and handmade spaghetti with beef and pork ragu, stracciatella, parmesan and herbs. Entrees are $15 to $29; steakhouse sides like vegetables, onion rings and potato and truffle gratin are $5 and $6.
A bar menu offers a variety of appetizers (deviled eggs with smoked paprika, herb-marinated Liuzzi mozzarella with olives and bread, grilled shrimp, poutine, spicy baked meatballs, steak tartare) at $8 to $18. Other casual options include raw bar selections, salads, soups and panini.
Wright's, at 78 Main St. (Rt. 154), will be open daily for dinner at 5 p.m., with a late-night bar menu available until 11 p.m. on weeknights and midnight on weekends. 860-767-2440, wrightssteak.com.