Get ready to celebrate Branford's restaurants!
The Town of Branford and local restaurants are excited to announce that the first ever Branford Restaurant Week will take place on Sunday, June 3, through Saturday, June 9.
Organized by the Town of Branford’s Special Projects/Economic Development office and a small group of Branford restaurants, everyone involved feels that this is an event long overdue. Branford’s “Restaurant Week” is a collaborative effort between the Town of Branford and the local businesses.
In addition to major sponsors including Dichello Distributors, Comcast Business Class, and Shore Publishing Newspapers, the event will boast 19 restaurants in Branford serving special menus or three-course prix fixe menus at $16.44 per person for lunch (1644 is the year Branford was first permanently settled), and $29 per person for dinner.
“This event is a way to further promote the town as a destination and to showcase its stellar restaurant scene,” says Terence Elton of the Town of Branford’s Special Projects/Economic Development office. “It has been received enthusiastically by everyone involved; participating restaurants run from one end of town to the other and include a broad variety of cuisines and styles.”
Robert Marcarelli, General Manager & Chef at , is working on forming an official Branford Association of Restaurants (B.A.R.) to continue to work on programs like this for the area restaurants.
“The purpose of the Branford Association of Restaurants, B.A.R., is to provide the network of restaurant professionals a forum to discuss ideas, events, and to give a collective voice for the local restaurant community,” says Marcarelli.
“With the award-winning restaurants we have in Branford, we have chosen our first event to be 'Branford Restaurant Week' to showcase the wide range of restaurants and cuisines we have in our town,” he says. “This will be the first of many events to come that allow the businesses and restaurants in our community to work together to bring people from all areas to see what Branford has to offer.”
Mike Savinelli is the owner of , which is a name with history in Branford. Nellie Green was known for being the fastest rumrunner along the East Coast during prohibition.
“Bringing the Nellie Green's Restaurant name back to the shoreline has been a great experience for me,” says Savinelli. “We are hoping that our first Branford Restaurant Week will bring new visitors to our community to become familiar with the many great restaurants we have here on the shoreline.”
“Branford has a reputation as the dining destination on the Connecticut shoreline, and our Restaurant Week will help spread that reputation even farther,” says Elton. “I expect the question that will be asked the most will be, ‘When is the next Restaurant Week in Branford?’”
Participating restaurants and their menus can be seen at branfordrestaurantweek.com . The site also offers a drawing for $25 gift cards to participating restaurants for use after restaurant week.