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Visions for Bethel: What Restaurant Do You Want on Route 6?

Here's your chance to have a say: what kind of restaurant would you like to see on Stony Hill Road?

A post to the Bethel Patch Town Square on Friday asked readers to weigh in on what kind of restaurant they would like to see open on Stony Hill Road in Bethel.

The post asked for opinions on the type of food, as well as the general ambience Bethelites are looking for. The poster, Mike, encouraged candid comments.

Residents have already given a number of suggestions, most of which seem to want a mid-range, sit down establishment with some color.

“A family type restaurant — not a fast food,” poster saltyocs suggested. “Like Sunday dinners.”

“A TGIF or Cracker Barrel somewhere in the area would be nice,” consider offered, specifying they’re looking for, “Affordable family stuff.”

“A really nice quality restaurant, with a focus on fresh seafood, good cuts of meat and vegetarian options,” John Thorson posted, stressing that he’d like a quiet atmosphere. And, “Of course, reasonable prices would be a big draw.”

Paula Antolini had a different suggestion, agreeing with the idea of a “carefully selected menu” of quality entrees but asking for live music and local art on exhibition. (She also agreed the music shouldn’t be loud and the meals should be reasonably priced.)

As for specific types of food, readers mostly suggested American cuisine, such as BBQ, from Michael Robert, and, “Real New England food,” from Paul Improta, “With a big Sunday Brunch.”

On Facebook, readers suggested a Turkish restaurant or places that catered to gluten-free and Paleo diets.

One thing everyone seemed to agree on: there are enough pizza places on Route 6.

What type of restaurant is missing from the Route 6 corridor? What would you like to see there?
Lara Skye Baddour January 15, 2014 at 07:01 AM
Something healthy please!! No burger, pasta or pizza places. We have plenty of that. Thank you :D -Lara
Rick January 15, 2014 at 07:06 AM
Family type, NO LIVE MUSIC !!!.....it would also likely need to cater to the 55+ crowd with the construction of the community being built in that area
JILL January 15, 2014 at 09:56 AM
Not another chain restaurant, there are plenty on Rt. 6 in Danbury. Healthy food, with options..so a variety of people would like to eat there.
Bethel Observer January 15, 2014 at 01:53 PM
Make it into a culinary research establishment, complete with local cooks/chefs who need a place to hone their skills and engage with their community. It could be broken down into two parts: back of house and front of house, with those who have been in the business teaching a younger culture the proper ins-and-outs of food service, all the way from cooking to cleaning to serving to food ordering to inventory control to catering planning, etc. Make it a school, a training ground, a guild if you will.
PJ January 15, 2014 at 02:30 PM
Another Stonyhill Inn.
Paula Antolini January 15, 2014 at 03:34 PM
Rick I must ask, what is your interpretation of live music, and why are you SO against it? There are all types of live music from classical to everything else, includes instrumental, or soft vocal, or a combo, much of it can be so soft that you might not even realize it is there at first entry. Or perhaps it is a wonderful country/pop/jazz singer or jazz music playing...how often do you get to hear excellent live music? So again, what is your objection to a place people can go to that has entertainment too? Can still be family oriented. Not quite sure what you are thinking. Unless you MUST eat in silence?
Rick January 15, 2014 at 04:34 PM
If you allow live music, you cannot dictate the type of music without likely getting involved with some sort of discrimination issue, so I would not like to open the door to some types music that tend to draw rowdy crowds. If we could dictate the type of venue, and it would be family orientated, fine.
Paula Antolini January 15, 2014 at 06:50 PM
Rick I don't think any of the local establishments (restaurants) that already exist, that employ musicians, have any problems with discrimination or music selection, and I do believe you are underestimating the judgement of a future restaurant owner to provide appropriate music for an eating establishment. I can provide you with the names of some very lovely restaurants in other nearby towns that have a wonderful ambiance of music that compliments the dining experience. Again I am not sure what you are thinking....rowdy crowds?
Rick January 15, 2014 at 07:06 PM
I'm only one person, I'm sure my opinion will be like a drop of water in a vast ocean. There could be an establishment that would after the dinner hour, turn to live music, or even a DJ to draw in the after hours crowd....in this economy, you need to take every opportunity to fill your business. Have you ever been in an establishment where there has been live music, rowdy crowd, and drinking, only to have a brawl breakout because somebody spilled their drink ???....it happens. Like I said, live music for ambiance is not the issue.
Paula Antolini January 15, 2014 at 07:25 PM
Rick everyone's opinion has value :-) I see where your thoughts are coming from now....but we are not talking about "after hours crowd" type establishments, at least I don't think anyone suggested that, I think suggestions referred to regular dinner-hours restaurants, family restaurants, etc., not night clubs or bars etc.. I also do understand your comment about the economy's effect, but honestly, a business owner has to decide what he wants his establishment to be, and take it from there (regarding hours open or becoming a night spot after being a family restaurant in the day/evening). Besides, having live background music in a family style restaurant does not cause riots :-). Have YOU ever been to the local restaurants that have music during dinnertime? No brawls there!
Alanna Erin January 15, 2014 at 07:27 PM
I would love to see a Cracker Barrel!!!
Rick January 15, 2014 at 10:15 PM
Yes Paula, I have been to a place in downtown Bethel with a two piece band playing, it was great. I'm just saying that we have to be very careful as to what we allow in an area that has potential. I'd like to see more attention given to filling some of the downtown stores....tax breaks, or whatever, we need to bring some of those places back to life.
Linda Cyr January 16, 2014 at 01:24 PM
I would like to see a Longhorn Steakhouse
Paula Antolini January 17, 2014 at 10:45 AM
Well now we are on the same page Rick :-). We all want those store fronts filled. And of course business owners need to be careful in the activities they choose to include in their businesses, but just remember it is not the music that causes trouble, it is people, IF there IS any trouble, that is. I do not see Bethel as a dangerous area where we have to worry about brawls in establishments, for the most part.
Karen Waggoner January 18, 2014 at 11:14 PM
No more chains! No more Italian, or Chinese; there are enough of them. Maybe somewhere to go for a pleasant dinner, casual enough to bring well-behaved children.

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