WELCOME TO MY HOMETOWN CONNECTICUT -

NEW BRITAIN

DIRECTIONS/LOCATION -

New Britain is located right

in the middle of Connecticut.

Follow I84 from either the

West or East...

to rt72 ...or...enter it from

RTs 9 and 72

from the Middletown area...

route 5 Berlin Turnpike

to rt72 as well.

If you've ever read about Connecticut's history, you'd soon discover that New Britain played a major role in putting our state on the proverbial map. Once noted as the "Hardware Capital of the World" New Britain became famous because of the efforts, single-mindedness and innovative nature of business pioneers like the Stanley's of Stanley Tool and many more.

As a blue-collar town, New Britain thrived for many years...became known as a "melting pot" for cultural diversity...as well as the fore-bearer of the success of modern middle class.

Today, New Britain is the 10th largest city in the state.

THINGS TO DO

As a city with a population

in excess of 50K,

and diverse ethnicity,

New Britain

offers a wide array

of citywide events during the year.

These include a truly great

July 4th fireworks display, parades,

their downtown Main Street USA

festival and more.

One of the exits off Rt72, will drop you off right at "Bee Hive Field"

...the home of the New Britain Bees minor league

baseball club....and it will place you at the end of

South Main Street. A right hand turn here will lead

you to the center of town....which is dominated by

a recently renovated town green, surrounded by

its varied businesses, restaurants, Theatres and

office buildings.The center is a great place to take a brief stroll and look around. If you continue through the center...you'll eventually run into Broad Street...better know as "Little Poland'.  Here you can experience a myriad of food experiences including local specialty stores, bakeries and restaurants where you can get some of the best Polish foods in the State.

Along the way...just before

you get to Liitle Poland

however don't forget to stop

at New Britain's

famous "Capital Lunch"...

for their well known

"cappie dogs'...truly a great

chili dog.

 

Museums -

 

The New Britain Museum of

American Art -

founded in 1903, is the nations first museum dedicated exclusively to American Art. Today, the museum boosts works totaling more than 8,000 pieces...in colonial portraitures, the Hudson River School, American Impressionism and much more. The New Britain Industrial Museum - in many ways, defines New Britain's original definition of the "Hardware City"by spanning the period from the 19thto the 21st century with regard to manufacturing. New Britain Youth Museum - Located behind the public Library, this fun and interactive place offers arts and cultural programs for children. They are also associated with The Hungerford Park - home to many domestic animals and birds.

Parks -

In your travels, if you're looking for a nice

relaxing place for a picnic lunch that you've

packed,a New Britain park may be a great

choice.

Walnut Hill Park (across the street from

The New Britain Museum) has a wonderful

rose garden at the top of the hill and

overlooks the entire park below...

quiet and lovely.

 

Stanley Quarter Park- Across town

(off Stanley Street - on the way to

West Farms Mall) you'll find an equally

relaxing environment. Sit back, admire

the pond, ducks and geese...and eat!

 

The Arts -

New Britain has a solid scene when it comes to supporting the performing arts.

Theatre groups include: Connecticut Theatre Company, Formed in 1955, they which operates out of the historic Repertory Theatre in the Norden Street Lodge, and provide an array of drama, readings, comedies, musicals and more.

Trinity-On-Main -This theater is a spectacular performance space with unparalleled acoustics. Recent improvements include the installation of plush theater seating, refinished floors and new carpeting. Beautiful stained glass windows line the room; the magnificent wooden ceiling is a sight to behold.

Hole in the Wall Theater- the basic philosophy that Theatre should be available to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay, has remained unchanged. Accordingly,HITW has been a staple within the arts community in New Britain for over 40 years.

 

New Britain Symphony Orchestra -

In 1948, several faculty members at the former Teacher’s College, now Central Connecticut State University, joined together to plan and form an orchestra in New Britain. The orchestra performed its first concert under the direction of Dr.   Etzel Willhoit, President of the College.   The orchestra was officially organized as the New Britain Symphony Society, Inc.    in 1952.

Walnut Hill Concert Series - For years each summer, New Britain has hosted its

Summer Series. This is a FREE week-night event that features a broad spectrum of music from Jazz, modern, classical and more. Its a great night to grab a lawn chair, sit out under the stars, pack some eats, maybe sip a little wine and relax with your friends and family.

Sports -

New Britain has long been the home of minor league baseball, having had a variety of now famous players like "Big Papi" from the Boston Red Sox playing within its hometown diamonds. Today, they are the home of the New Britain Bees. if you love your baseball and are looking for a great family night out, check-em-out.

Stanley Golf Course - is a beautiful 27 hole public golf course including a Teaching Academy & 19 station driving range (10 of the range bays are covered) located just minutes from Hartford in New Britain, CT close to major highways. .

Meet The Merchants

 

Places To Dine

American

 

Capitol Lunch
510 Main Street

www.capitollunch.com

 

Elmer’s Place
1427 East Street

 

Riley’s Hot Dog & Burger Gourmet

61 Glen Street

www.rileysgourmet.com

 

Subway
75 West Main Street

 

The Frosty Mug
269 Beaver Street

www.bobmeadowland.wix.com/ the-frosty-mug

 

The Back Nine Tavern
245 Hartford Road

www.backnine-tavern.com

 

Wing It On!
1537 Stanley Street

www.wingiton.com

German

East Side Restaurant
131 Dwight Street

www.eastsiderestaurant.com

Brazilian-American

West Side Tavern
586 West Main Street

www.westsidenewbritain.com

Asian

Great Star Chinese Restaurant
228 Allen Street

www.greatstarchinese.com

Great Taste Restaurant
597 West Main Street

www.greattaste.com

Mae Kong Thai Restaurant
26 Main Street

www.maekongthairestaurant.com

Seoul BBQ & Sushi Korean Cuisine
593 Hartford Road

www.seoulbbqsushi.com

Bakeries

Borinquen Bakery
296 Arch Street

Kasia Bakery
88 Broad Street

Passion Bakery
167 Broad Street


Roly Poly Bakery
587 Main Street

Brazilian-American

West Side Tavern
586 West Main Street

www.westsidenewbritain.com

Breakfast & Lunch

Café Beauregard
2 Main Street

www.cafebeauregard.com

 

Captain Al’s Kitchen
1003 East Street

 

Pit Stop BBQ

985 West Main Street

 

Sahadi’s Hotties
563 West Main Street

 

The Underground Deli
1535 Stanley Street

 

Diners

CJ’s Restaurant
70 South Street

Miss Washington Diner
10 Washington Street

www.misswashingtondiner.com

New Britain Diner Restaurant
1130 Corbin Avenue

German

East Side Restaurant
131 Dwight Street

www.eastsiderestaurant.com

Ice Cream/Gelato Frozen Yogurt

Dolce Vita Gelato
200 Myrtle Street

Frisbie’s Dairy Barn
951 Farmington Avenue

 

Italian

Angelico’s Restaurant
542 East Main Street

www.angelicos.com

Roma Restaurant and Sports Bar
382 Allen Street

www.romanewbritain.com

Pizza

Little Caesars Pizza
665 West Main Street

www.littlecaesars.com

Marathon Pizza
850 West Main Street

Max Pizza II
79 Shuttle Meadow Avenue

www.maxpizzaandicecream.com

Paradise Pizza Restaurant
10 East Street

www.paradisepizzarestaurant.com

 

Pizza Pal Restaurant
264 South Main Street

www.pizzapalnb.com

 

Tony’s Central Pizza
1537 Stanley Street

www.tonyscentralpizza.com

 

Town & Country
Pizza Restaurant
685 Farmington Avenue

Polish

Belvedere Café and Restaurant
82 Broad Street

Cracovia Restaurant
60 Broad Street cracovia.homestead.com

 

Euro Plate
100 Broad Street

 

Polonia Taste
99 Broad Street

 

Staropolska Restaurant
252 Broad Street

www.staropolska.net

Mexican

Criollisimo Restaurant
340 Arch Street

www.criollisimorestaurant.com

Spanish

Negritas Restaurant
80 West Main Street

www.negritasrestaurant.com