Hartford: –The anticipated opening of UCONN’s campus in the city has motivated one restaurant owner to undergo an extensive renovation and settle a dispute with Front Street developer HB Nitkin. Front Steet is Hartford’s signature new downtown development and the location of a UCONN satellite campus and Graduate School is seen by some as essential to the developments's success.
According to the Hartford Patch website NIXS’ restaurant in Hartford “recently completed an ambitious $100,000 renovation at its location there.
The restaurant had publicly battled the HB Nitkin for more months claiming an odor at the property had hurt business and caused financial difficulties for the company. Nixs’ was also in a dispute and facing eviction at a second location Evergreen Walk in South Windsor, at one time reportedly owing $160,000 in back rent. Nixs has closed the South Windsor restaurant “ to focus” on the Front Street location.
Apparently the restaurant and HB Niktin patched things up, Abner Kurtin, Managing Partner of NIXS, told the community news site, “The Front Street district is destined to draw even more people with the completion of UCONN. From day one we have been committed to making Front Street the one of the most vibrant entertainment complexes in the area. These improvements show that we are here to stay and are looking forward to an exciting future in the city.”
The restaurant has made changes in the kitchen as well. bringing in a new executive chef. Phil Parisse, who had gained a following at Rizzuto's Restaurant in West Hartford.