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Hearty Kitchen Closes Indefinitely

Hearty Kitchen on Park Road in West Hartford closed for business, at least temporarily. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

The restaurant on Park Road in West Hartford announced the closing on Tuesday, July 15.

By Ronni Newton

Hearty Kitchen, the family-owned Park Road restaurant which quickly become the talk of West Hartford for its fried chicken and waffles since opening in February 2014, has closed until further notice.

Hearty Kitchen is known for serving comfort food made with natural, fresh, and wholesome ingredients, using family recipes and local sources.

Potential diners were met with closed blinds and a locked door on Tuesday, and the restaurant’s owner posted the following notice on its Facebook page:


We’ve just been dealt a pretty significant blow of a personal / family nature, which will affect the restaurant operation. Until further notice, Hearty Kitchen will be temporarily closed until we can figure out how we are going to proceed.

Our sincerest apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. We were just getting started! Our family matter is our priority at this point and juncture and unfortunately we neither have the luxury of time nor financial resources to manage both the restaurant and our urgent family situation.

We have not made a final decision as to whether or not we will remain closed permanently, however, we will keep you posted of our progress. We are considering just being open on the weekends for now – but this has not yet been confirmed.

We are entertaining offers for the restaurant, as a back up. If you are interested, please contact me via Private Message for details.

Thank you to our devoted staff for your understanding & support. It means a lot to us.

– Justin & Irina.

For those who can’t live without chicken and waffles – even temporarily – CTNow’s Leanne Griffin put together a list of alternative sources in Connecticut.

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  • Too bad, but not a surprise.

    We went there once after a news article about the place.

    Service was terrible on a take out. They told me to come at a certain time, and half an hour later the order was finally ready.

    Food was good, but very expensive. And how often do we eat fried chicken? Once a year maybe.

    I feel bad for them, they tried, but I think the business model for a healthy fried chicken restaurant was not a wise one.

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