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West Hartford Business Buzz for Jan. 19: Openings, Closings and Other News

A roundup of West Hartford business news.

Another big week for business in West Hartford.

The Elmwood Business Association and West Hartford Magazine is hosting the first Taste of Elmwood - a tasting event and fundraiser for the Elmwood Business Association and Saint Brigid School - on Feb. 6. The event, which will be held at Saint Brigid School from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., will feature the following participants: Avery Soda, Beachland Tavern, the Corner Pug, Cora Cora, Fernwood Restaurant, Hall's Market Catering, New Asia/Chinese, Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana, Sliders Grill and Bar, Tapa’s and Two Pour Guys (beer and wine). Tickets are $25. There will be a cash bar and raffle prizes.

The Counter, a popular burger joint in Blue Back Square, closed on Monday and will reopen around Feb. 1 as Pearl’s Grill. “We’re doing things to warm up the place,” owner Brett Long said of the renovations taking place at the location at 50 Memorial Drive. “There will be new paint, floors, furniture and seating arrangements,” as well as an expanded menu.

The much-anticipated Blue Plate Kitchen - the sister restaurant to Hartford’s popular City Steam Brewery - opened for breakfast at its Bishops Corner location last week. The eatery, located next to Maximum Beverage in the Marshall’s Shopping Plaza, will start serving lunch and dinner sometime this week, according to the BPK’s Twitter account.

More good news for local restaurants: A’Vert, the French brasserie in West Hartford Center, received a “very good” review from the New York Times. Those are not easy to come by. Congratulations to co-owners Dorjan Puka and David Borselle!

The University of St. Joseph purchased 6.5 acres of land adjacent to its campus for $1.8 million. The land, which abuts Albany Avenue and is adjacent to the school’s athletics complex, was purchased from Mercy Community Health.

The West Hartford-based law firm Reardon Scanlon Vodola LLP started the new year with a new office, announcing the opening of its New York City office located at 90 Park Ave. in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, according to a press release.

“When we started the firm in 2012, we discussed opening a New York office at some point,” said partner Jim Reardon, “but the needs of our clients accelerated the timing of our expansion into New York.”

According to the release, partners Jim Reardon and Chris Barnes have practiced law in the state and federal courts in New York for more than 15 years and are thrilled to have a New York office.

“The opening of this new office enables us to provide legal services to our many clients conducting business in New York,” Barnes said. “It is a win-win for the firm and our clients.”

Reardon Scanlon is a boutique law firm focused on the representation of the insurance industry and other commercial entities in litigation and regulatory matters.

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