Restaurants, breweries that opened in southwestern Conn. in 2017
Caitlin M. BagleyPublished
Southwestern Connecticut welcomed dozens of new restaurants and breweries in 2017, even as it said goodbye to others.
The craft beer boom took the region by force, with the opening of breweries including Stamford's Lock City Brewing Co., Ridgefield's Nod Hill Brewery, Redding Beer Co. and Bad Sons Beer Co. in Derby, to name a few.
The past year saw several popular, nationwide chains make their mark in Connecticut, like the debut of Golden Corral in Milford, the opening of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen in Norwalk (followed shortly by Chick-fil-A, just down the road), as well as Wahlburgers' entry into the Trumbull mall. Five Guys added its first Litchfield County site in New Milford (and 25th location in Connecticut).
Regional franchises expanded this year. Popular college eatery Wings Over opened a location in Fairfield, and Market Place Hospitality Group opened Market Kitchen & Bar in Newtown (which has sister sites in Danbury, Woodbury and Avon). Gofer Ice Cream opened a fifth location, in Wilton. Shake Shack opened a restaurant in Darien.
The area's new offerings in 2017 were rounded out by small, local restaurants like Crabby Dog Tavern in Stratford, Le Madri in Bethel, Match Burger Lobster in Westport, Lorca in Greenwich and Bar Zepoli in Stamford.
Click through the slideshow above for an overview of the restaurants and breweries that debuted in southwestern Connecticut in 2017.