location astoriaNEW YORK: Can New York style pizza get a slice of the New Haven and Connecticut market?

The Artichoke Basille’s Pizza, franchise which says it is “the nation’s largest and fastest growing New York pizza concept,” has signed a multi-unit franchise deal to bring its “larger than life” slices and whole pies to the greater Hartford and New Haven, Connecticut areas.

Franchisee Matthew Rusconi is looking to open the first location by year’s end and is actively scouting real estate opportunities in Hartford County, New Haven, Middletown, and Cromwell.

subwayMILFORD: Subway is closing about 500 stores in the US on the back of the closure of 800 stores. Reports by Bloomberg news said that Subway's sales fell 4.4 percent last year.

The strategy released by Suzanne Greco CEO that company to upgrade some locations to more higher profile locations.

Greco told Bloomberg, “we want to be sure that we have the best location,” Greco told Bloomberg. “We focused in the past on restaurant count. We’re focused now on strengthening market share.”

milfordbrewMilford: The craft beer business continues to pour out new efforts with Milford Point Brewing opening-for-business on April 7, its the city’s first brewery.

Located at 230 Woodmont Road, co-owners Jerry Candido and Chris Willett say they are focused on “serving great-tasting local craft beer to local craft beer drinkers.”

“We’re giving folks in Milford and the surrounding communities a great-tasting, homegrown craft beer option,” said Candido who is a West Haven native and currently resides in Milford.

Milford Point Brewing calls itself a nano-brewery, meaning that it produces beer in small batches – three barrels or smaller, it says “ focusing on quality over quantity.”