The historic Richter’s bar is set to reopen under a new owner and re-establish its place in the Elm City’s bar scene.
Located at 990 Chapel St., less than five minutes from Yale’s campus, Richter’s will be owned and refurbished by Jason Sobocinski, the current owner of Caseus Fromagerie & Bistro. Sobocinski was spotted touring the premises in December, though he would not comment about his involvement at the time.
In a statement to the New Haven Independent, Sobocinski said he intended to take over Richter’s space, “restore it and turn it into a nice place for a relaxing drink in a beautiful atmosphere steeped in New Haven history.”
“We’re keeping it secret for now until our grand opening!” he added in the statement. “But we can tell you that this will not be any ordinary bar by any means. Think relaxed, adult, nostalgic, and 100 percent New Haven.”
Sobocinski could not be reached for comment this afternoon.
Richter’s, which opened in 1858 and underwent many changes of management over its long history in the Elm City, closed due to financial difficulties in 2011.