A tour of the Elm City’s new eateries

The Meatball Shop
The Meatball Shop Photo by Clinton Wang.

Over the summer, New Haven’s restaurant industry saw three newcomers, with at least three more restaurants set to open over the next two months. While dining halls remains closed, Yalies have already begun exploring these new eateries.

The Meatball Shop
The Meatball Shop


1180 Chapel St.

The Meatball House is the third restaurant in New Haven owned by Bob Potter, who also owns Prime 16 and the Mexican bar c.o. jones.

Former Tenant Indochine Pavilion

Cuisine Italian

Hours Monday-Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-12 a.m.; Sunday 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.

The Naked Oyster
The Naked Oyster


200 Crown St.

Naked Oyster only serves dinner, specializing in seafood. It also has a vodka bar and dance floor.

Former Tenant Nikkita

Cuisine French Louisiana

Hours Tuesday-Thursday, Sunday 4 p.m.-1 a.m.; Friday-Saturday 4 p.m. – 2 a.m.; Happy hour daily 4-7 p.m.

Tomatillo Taco Joint
Tomatillo Taco Joint


320 Elm St.

This Mexican restaurant chain is based in Greenwich, Conn., and employee Mario Vasquez said it hopes to take advantage of its central campus location to attract students.

Former Tenant Bulldog Burrito

Cuisine Mexican

Hours Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.


Denny’s (to open on Aug. 26)

1467 Whalley Ave.
This will be Denny’s first location in New Haven. It is relatively far from Yale’s campus, and will likely cater more to the nearby Southern Connecticut State University.

Former Tenant Blockbuster

Cuisine Family dining

Blue State Coffee
Blue State Coffee

BLUE STATE COFFEE (to open in September)

307 Cedar St.

Owned by Drew Ruben ’11 and his mother Carolyn Greenspan, this store will be the chain’s third location in New Haven, and will mainly cater to customers from Yale-New Haven Hospital and School of Medicine.

Former Tenant Cappuccino’s & More

Cuisine Coffeehouse

The Shack Shack construction site on Chapel St. across from the New Haven Green.
The Shack Shack construction site on Chapel St. across from the New Haven Green.

SHAKE SHACK (to open in September)

986 Chapel St.

This will be the New York-based chain’s first location near a college

Former Tenant long-vacant

Cuisine Burger joint


  • 20paws

    bring ’em on!