[UPDATED] Asian Restaurant to Take Rivenova's Place in Stratford?

If you haven't noticed, there are a couple cardboard signs in the windows of the former Rivenova spot that claim "Asian Restaurant Coming Soon!!!"

It seems a new Asian restaurant will be making its way to Stratford Center.

Driving around downtown today you may notice a couple signs in the windows of the former Rivenova restaurant broadcasting "Asian Restaurant Coming Soon!!!"

Right now it's unclear whether that means Thai, Chinese, Japanese or another Asian cuisine, or if the restaurant will blend more than one type of cuisine on its menu.

A few weeks ago Stratford Patch asked residents what they'd like to see move into the spot on Main Street, and there were some who supported an Asian restaurant:

"Since Lotus closed, there are no nearby Asian restaurants," said commenter Mark Hannon. "Lotus was a bit overpriced so I would like to see a reasonably priced Chinese or Thai restaurant in this spot. This would give one more good choice to downtown diners."

Well now that it looks like an Asian restaurant will be moving in, what do you think about the potential for the business? Do you think it should specialize in one type of Asian cuisine or offer several options of food from the world's largest continent?

Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

The original story "What Should Take Rivenova's Place in Stratford?" follows:

Let's call this a modern spin on community planning -- Patch's version of a charette, a digital drawing board where all ideas are on the table.

Each week we'll present a new vacant building and ask you to tell us what you think would be the best use. Forget what zone it's in, ignore setback regulations, dump lot coverage rules and all the other zoning jargon that puts people most to sleep. If you had your way, what would you like to see there? What would be the best use for the community?

We launch this new weekly series by featuring the now vacant building at 2410 Main St., the former home of .

After opening in July 2009, Rivenova closed its doors this summer.

The restaurant tried to be upscale but it didn't have a bar and that was one of the problems, according to Neil Sherman, chairman of Stratford's Economic Development Commission (EDC). It also didn't offer a children's menu, he said.

And although the theatre next store helped drive business, there were also competing restaurants across the street like and , Sherman said.

The EDC Chairman said the building was occupied by a tea room before Rivenova moved in two years ago. He said there may be talks going on to bring in another restaurant.

But what would you like to see move into the Main Street property that's only a few steps from the train station? Another restaurant? Something else entirely?

re26 November 07, 2011 at 04:53 AM
If a restaurant, then a thought is Ethiopian. None of the surrounding towns except Hartford and New Haven have one. Otherwise, some indo-chinese ala Chinese Mirch in the city. Again, unique for most and no comparables nearby.
Helene E. Logan November 29, 2011 at 07:08 PM
Not certain why 'oldmanteenager' said (in a teen's voice certainly) "Gross" to an Indian Restaurant, but I welcome that idea too. Lotus had fabulous food, I still miss them (Oh, King & I, won't you open a satellite? LOL). And yes, please--NO MORE ITALIAN (it appears that half of them aren't run by Italians to begin with). There are plenty of good Italian places, no need for Yet Another Mediocre one. Years ago, a fellow said 'Stratford is a donut town' when his (delicious) bagel store went under. And unfortunately he was probably correct--too many people like 'oldmanteenager' still reside here--folks who fear food variations they're unfamiliar with. Sigh.
OldManTeenager November 29, 2011 at 07:22 PM
Guess what Helen E. Logan, I am the future of Stratford and there is not a chance in the world that an "Indian" restaurant will EVER succeed here. Do you think anyone between the ages of say 18-35 (besides hipsters) think to even eat Indian cuisine? You're mistaken if you do. Most people who live in Stratford don't even frequent the existing restaurants in town.
howard November 30, 2011 at 06:25 PM
I like that idea alot!
Elizabeth Howard January 10, 2012 at 02:10 PM
I would LOVE to see a well run coffee house! With live music and books, and healthy lunches.


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