West Hartford Business Buzz Jan. 27: Openings, Closings and Other News

A round-up of West Hartford business news.

Welcome to another installment of West Hartford Business Buzz!

People in West Hartford love to be "in the know" about happenings in town, especially the openings – and closings – of local businesses.

We hear things all the time, and some of them turn into big stories. But sometimes we don't have enough news to write an entire story, even though the information is definitely newsworthy. For a while we ran a "Visions for Vacancies" feature on Sundays, but it was getting to be difficult to find vacancies every week.

Every Sunday we'll highlight the business stories you may have missed during the past week, and give you the scoop on the other news you may not have heard about. And if you have tips about businesses opening or closing, please include them in the comments or send an email to ronni.newton@patch.com.

Here's this week's round-up:

  • Moe's Southwest Grill had a pipe burst early Friday morning, flooding the Blue Back Square restaurant with water and glycol. Owner Matt Rusconi now says that repairs will be ongoing for several weeks, with the goal of re-opening in late February. The restaurant's 5th anniversary is on Valentine's Day, and a grand re-opening will be planned shortly thereafter, said Rusconi. More details to come!
  • Sweet Frog opened its doors at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the former Friendly's spot on South Main St. "We love it!" was the response from a group of Conard seniors who headed over after midterms on Wednesday. Who else has tried the new frozen yogurt spot?
  • Rockville Bank has been posting announcements about the management of the new West Hartford branch being constructed on LaSalle Rd. in the building that formerly housed only the U.S. Post Office. "Now Open" read a sign on the door late this week, and the Post Office's entrance on the side of the building is much more accessible than it was during the holidays. We'll get you the rest of the details this week.
  • AAA will hold a grand opening/ribbon cutting ceremony later this week for its new Emergency Roadside Service headquarters. The facility is located at 983-R New Britain Ave. (behind PriceRite) and will house the 16 vehicles that will respond to an estimate 45,000 calls a year from this location. The ribbon cutting is at 1 p.m., but tours and demonstrations will take place form noon to 6 p.m.
  • Bluefoot Entertainment is an Emmy-award-winning television production company headquartered right here in West Hartford. The company was featured on Patch on Wednesday.
  • It's based in Avon, but many West Hartford residents shop at Nassau's Furniture at the base of Avon Mountain. The owner announced Friday that the Avon store will be closing.
  • Big Y Supermarket announced that the chain raised nearly $200,000 for breast cancer support groups in Connecticut and Massachusetts last year.
Craig Deep January 28, 2013 at 05:48 PM
From the Sweet Frog website: sweetFrog was founded on the principles of Christianity and our belief in bringing happiness and a positive attitude into the lives of our consumers. At sweetFrog, F.R.O.G stands for Fully Rely On God – and we hope to be an example of that in every community Not sure if it makes a difference to you. I prefer to leave religious beliefs out of my food shopping experience and will go elsewhere.
Tim Winters January 29, 2013 at 01:15 AM
Luckily West Hartford is a diverse community with many open minded people willing to enjoy those of all faiths and beliefs. Sweetfrog will get my business if they offer a good product and good service.


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