You're cold, tired and light deprived as you weather the aftermath of October Storm — powerless as you watch your food defrost and reach for yet another sweatshirt.
When it comes to eating you have two choices: another peanut butter and jelly sandwich as you shiver or a warm, light-filled dining room at one of several restaurants in the Hartford/West Hartford area that dodged the no-power bullet.
"We have extra staff in, the kitchen is cooking and we are busy, very busy," says Andy Rizzo, one of the co-owners of Salute on Trumbull Street in Hartford. Like mostl the downtown dining spots, Salute kept its power and the result was that Sunday and Monday traffic was way above the average for what are normally two slower days.
"Everyone booked a hotel room when the power went out and so they are looking for a place to eat," said Rizzo. "We had an insane Sunday here."
"Slammin," was the word Wood 'n Tap general manager Natasha Witik used for business at her location on Sisson Avenue in Hartford.
"Incredibly busy, so busy we don't have a word to describe it," said Witik, noting that not all Wood 'n Tap locations were as lucky as the Hartford site. Several Wood 'n Tap locations in the suburbs were still without power.
Max Group's Max Downtown, Trumbull Kitchen in Hartford and Max Oyster and in West Hartford are open for business, while Max A Mia in Avon, and Max Amore and Max Fish in Glastonbury were still closed Monday. Max Burger, which was supposed to be closed Monday for some kitchen work, was scheduled to reopen at 4:30 p.m.
And if you think you can stroll right in, think again. Everyone else out there with power needs to eat, too.
"We have about a 40-minute wait right now," said a staff member at A.C. Petersen, a family oriented restaurant at 240 Park Road in West Hartford. "It is nuts here, and it's not even 11 a.m. yet."
Carmen Anthony's Avon and Wethersfield locations were closed, but the restaurant locations in Woodbury, New Haven and Waterbury were open for business Monday for lunch and dinner. Grant's and Bricco in West Hartford were doing a brisk business Monday, but Billy Grant's third location, Trattoria Bricco in Glastonbury still had no power.
Also open, Baci Grill in Cromwell, Treva in West Hartford Center and Harry's Bishops Corner in West Hartford.
And for those of you who don't want to leave your power-deprived towns, the well-known Vita family is serving up pizza in both Bristol and Plainville.
Mike Vita's Chunky Tomato, at 897 Farmington Ave., Bristol, is open for business but don't expect anyone to take a phone order. Still no telephone service as of Monday, but the place is open and serving pizza and grinders.
And his brother Nick and his wife, Karen? They borrowed Mike's "Pizza To Go" truck and have set up shop in the parking lot at their Plainville restaurant, Vita's, 33 East Street and are serving hot pizza through 6 p.m.
For a complete list of restaurants open, go to http://www.ctnow.com/alacarte.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun