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.
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NEW HAVEN MEATBALL HOUSE
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
Hours Monday-Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-12 a.m.; Sunday 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.
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NAKED OYSTER COCKTAIL EATERY
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.
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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
Hours Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
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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
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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
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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