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A.C. Petersen Farms Restaurant Continues 100-Year Old Tradition

How often do you find hand-whipped heavy cream at a restaurant?

A.C. Petersen Farms Restaurant - Credit: Catherine Denton
A.C. Petersen Farms Restaurant - Credit: Catherine Denton

Business: A.C. Petersen Farms Restaurant

Phone Number: 860-233-8483

Owner: Catherine Denton

Address: 240 Park Road, West Hartford, Conn.


A.C. Petersen Farms Restaurant started out small, as a dairy bar and over the course of a century, grew into a full restaurant. Owner Catherine Denton shares why the restaurant is such an important part of her life and her community.


Why West Hartford?

A.C. Petersen Farms is a 100-year old company. The restaurant started out as a dairy bar and developed into a full service restaurant. I grew up going to A.C. Petersen, and I wanted that tradition to continue for the families in our community.

What do you do?

We serve breakfast, lunch, dinner and our famous ice cream. We are open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. and midnight on the weekends. We offer a late night teen menu. We have outdoor dining and plenty of free parking.

What are you most proud of about your business?

I am proud of the rich history of A.C. Petersen and the importance to our community for generations. I am proud of the numerous job opportunities we have provided over our 100 year history. I am also proud of our hand-whipped heavy cream!!!

What's something people would find surprising about your business or profession?

We plan to be here for another 100 years and will be undergoing a complete renovation. We are installing a state of the art hood exhaust system. In addition, we are painting and wall papering. The big surprise will be a tribute to our history!!!

How are you involved in the community?

We are very involved in our community. We donate gift cards and ice cream to all our local fundraisers, school and church events. We feel that it is important to give back to the community that supports our restaurant.

This article is part of Patch's series highlighting local businesses in our community. Learn more about the series, and if you're a small business owner, fill out the form to be included, by checking out this link.

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