<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Dining, shopping and nightlife]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/entertainment/the-scene http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.comen-usFri, 24 Mar 2017 10:19:46 -0400Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:19:46 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Dunkin' to Replace Coffee Coolatta With New Frozen Coffee]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:22:27 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/175*120/GettyImages-118817089.jpg

Dunkin' Donuts announced it is getting rid of the popular coffee Coolatta, but plans to replace it with a new frozen coffee drink.

According to the company, the Coolatta will be replaced this year by their new Frozen Dunkin' Coffee, which provides "a more authentic" coffee-drinking experience.

The Coolatta has been around since 1994.

Full statement from Chris Fuqua, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Global Consumer Insights & Product Innovation for Dunkin’ Donuts:

"Dunkin' Donuts is expanding its coffee menu with the addition of new Frozen Dunkin’ Coffee by summer 2017. The new frozen coffee beverage, inspired by iced coffee, is crafted using blenders that we rolled into Dunkin' Donuts restaurants nationally in 2015. Dunkin' Frozen Coffee is made using a special extract that contains Dunkin’ Donuts Original Blend coffee, blended with ice and dairy for a smooth, coffee-forward flavor, and can be customized to meet a guest's taste preferences. Frozen Dunkin’ Coffee will offer our guests a more authentic, energizing coffee drinking experience compared to the Coffee Coolatta. The Coffee Coolatta will be retired when Frozen Dunkin' Coffee joins our existing frozen beverages, including Fruit Smoothies, Frozen Dunkaccino, Frozen Vanilla Chai, Hot Chocolate-Frozen and Coolatta beverages ."



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<![CDATA[Your 'National Puppy Day' Photos]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:54:41 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/Phil+from+Christie.jpg March 23 marks National Puppy Day. In honor of this amazing holiday, we wanted to showcase some of the adorable photos that you shared with us of your special dogs.]]> <![CDATA[Target Goes Photoshop-Free in New Swimsuit Campaign]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:10:51 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/032217+target+swim+campaign.jpg

This Summer, retail giant Target is going bold and embracing every body in its new swimsuit campaign.

The company launched #TargetSwim which celebrates positive body image and features real women of different body types. But, what makes this campaign even more special is that the photos of the models are not photoshopped.

The models show off their authentic selves while rocking bikinis and swimsuits. Dancer Megan Batoon, pro skateboarder Lizzie Armanto, model and body activist Denise Bidot and TV host and model Kamie Crawford flaunt their curvy bodies.

“Target shows women of all shapes, sizes and colors looking beautiful and confident in themselves and their swimsuits and that resonates with women everywhere,” Crawford said. “Confidence is contagious!”

People on social media are praising Target for the photoshop-free campaign, many calling the move perfect, great and inspiring.

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<![CDATA[Dunkin' Says Goodbye to Coffee Coolatta]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:58:54 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/tlmd-dunkin-donuts-st.jpg+19+feb.jpg

Dunkin' Donuts is getting rid of the coffee Coolatta, replacing it with a new frozen coffee drink.

According to the company, the Coolatta will be replaced by their new Frozen Dunkin' Coffee, which provides "a more authentic" coffee-drinking experience.

The Coolatta has been around since 1994. It is one of the highest-calorie options on Dunkin's menu.

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<![CDATA[Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s April 4]]> Tue, 21 Mar 2017 14:17:09 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Ben-Jerrys-Free-Cone-Day-FB.jpg

Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s is one of those annual signs of spring and it’s happening on April 4.

Free Cone Day goes from noon to 8 p.m. and you can partake at the following locations in Connecticut:

  • Ben & Jerry’s of Canton, at The Shoppes at Farmington Valley, 110 Albany Turnpike in Canton
  • Ben & Jerry’s of Glastonbury, at 41 Hebron Ave. in Glastonbury
  • Ben & Jerry’s of New Haven, at 159 Temple St. in New Haven
  • Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Truck: Ben & Jerry’s will open at 19 Main Street in Old Saybrook in May, but the Scoop Truck will be serving during Free Cone Day.
  • Ben & Jerry’s of South Windsor, at The Promenade Shops at Evergreen Walk at 301 Evergreen Way in South Windsor
  • Ben & Jerry’s of West Hartford, at 5 ½ South Main St. in West Hartford

"We love getting involved with and giving back to our communities. It’s amazing what we can do together over shared values and several scoops of ice cream," Amanda Gardella, catering coordinator for Ben & Jerry’s of Canton, Glastonbury, South Windsor and Old Saybrook, said in a statement.

Ben & Jerry’s is partnering with the following organizations:

  • Ben & Jerry’s of Canton – Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS
  • Ben & Jerry’s of Glastonbury – Glastonbury Youth Sports
  • Ben & Jerry’s of New Haven – The United Way of Greater New Haven
  • Ben & Jerry’s of Old Saybrook – Connecticut Sports Foundation: Helping cancer patients
  • Ben & Jerry’s of South Windsor – South Windsor Public Education Fund
  • Ben & Jerry’s of West Hartford – Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Foundation



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<![CDATA[National Tour of 'Hamilton' Coming to Connecticut]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:11:44 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/3-9-17-hamilton-musical-tickets-orpheum.jpg

The national tour of the hit Broadway show "Hamilton: An American Musical" is set to make its Connecticut debut.  Unfortunately for fans of the award-winning and record-breaking show, "Hamilton" won't be here until later next year at the earliest.

The Bushnell in Hartford confirms on its website that the show will be a part of the theater's 2018-19 season.

Exact dates for the tour's Connecticut stop have not been announced.

The show is currently traveling the country with stops planned in San Francisco and Los Angeles this year.  The musical will be in Boston sometime next year, though those dates have not been made public yet.  A stop next year in Washington, D.C. has also been announced.

Currently, an open-ended production is running in Chicago as well.

Tickets for the show have been notoriously difficult to obtain, with shows selling out and ticket lottery winners only having an hour to make a purchase.

The musical made history last year, earning a record 16 Tony nominations and winning 11 awards.

The Bushnell is letting season ticket holders know that if they subscribe to the full 2017-18 package, they will have first access to "Hamilton" when renewing for the 2018-19 season.

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<![CDATA[Connecticut Spring Antiques Show This Weekend]]> Mon, 20 Mar 2017 10:59:08 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/232*120/CT+Spring+Antiques+Show.jpg

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<![CDATA[Dairy Queen, Rita's Celebrate Spring With Freebies]]> Mon, 20 Mar 2017 10:50:33 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/4941944171.jpg

What better way to celebrate the start of spring than with ice cream or Italian ice?

Dairy Queen is giving away free ice cream cones Monday to celebrate the first day of spring. 

Customers can stop at any participating location to get a small vanilla soft-serve cone with the signature curl on the top. The ice cream chain is also asking for donations for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals during its free cone day.

If ice cream isn't your thing, Rita's Italian Ice is also kicking off the first day of spring with an Italian ice giveaway — a tradition that has been going on for over 20 years.

Click here to find the nearest location.

And next month, Ben & Jerry's will be giving away ice cream on its Free Cone Day on April 4. Find the nearest franchise here.



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<![CDATA[Celebrate Spring with Free Frozen Treats]]> Mon, 20 Mar 2017 06:04:04 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/ritas+italian+ice+first+day+of+spring.jpg

Monday is the first day of spring and what better way to celebrate than with a frozen treat?

Rita’s Italian Ice will offer one free Italian Ice per customer from noon until 9 p.m. Monday. But don’t just eat it – photograph your Rita’s and post it with the #ritasfirstdayofspring for a chance to win free Italian ice for a year and other cool prizes. Find a Rita’s near you. 

More of a cone person? Then head to Dairy Queen, which is celebrating free cone day. Customers can visit participating locations for a free some vanilla ice cream cone. Note that mall locations are not part of the promotion. Click here for more information. 

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<![CDATA[First Look at Victoria Beckham's New Collection for Target]]> Thu, 16 Mar 2017 19:19:50 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/vb+target+thumb.jpg Victoria Beckham's clothing line for the masses arrives next month and fans of the designer are getting their first look at what to expect.

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<![CDATA[Erin Go Bragh or Nah? Take Our St. Patrick's Day Quiz]]> Thu, 16 Mar 2017 16:47:49 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/163797890-irish-river-dye-green.jpg

If you're planning to don green on this Friday
And want luck of the Irish coming your way
See if you're a real whiz
In our St. Paddy's news quiz
Ten and out of 10 and we'll partay



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<![CDATA[Viewer Video: NH Mom Dresses as T-Rex During Storm]]> Wed, 15 Mar 2017 15:40:54 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000004852038_1200x675_898392643787.jpg

Leslie Henson Ratay dressed up as a T-Rex to entertain her 5 daughters during yesterday's snow storm in Milton, New Hampshire.

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<![CDATA[Starbucks Unveils Colorful Spring Coffee Cups]]> Fri, 10 Mar 2017 10:34:58 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/522435114-starbucks-lawsuit.jpg

Spring is almost here, and Starbucks is getting into the spirit by unveiling spring coffee cups for the first time.

The colorful cups will be available at participating locations starting March 16. Each cup features a white dot with hand-drawn designs, including a sun and umbrella.

The cups will be available for just a few days. 

The coffee chain introduced its first holiday cup over 20 years ago. Over the years, Starbucks has also served cups celebrating fall and summer. 



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<![CDATA[Free Pancakes! IHOP Celebrates National Pancake Day]]> Tue, 07 Mar 2017 11:10:40 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_298947245.jpg

Grab your fork and knife!

Tuesday is National Pancake Day at IHOP. Diners can enjoy a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. at participating locations. In exchange, customers will be asked to consider making a donation to the Children's Miracle Network.

Since 2006, IHOP has raised over $24 million for community charities. This year's goal is to raise $3.5 million, according to the IHOP website.

Check here to look up the closest IHOP.



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<![CDATA[Celebrate Women's History Month in Connecticut]]> Mon, 06 Mar 2017 16:07:45 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/WOMEN%27S-HISTORY-MONTH2.jpg

March, usually a time of Irish celebration, also acts as Women’s History Month in the United States. Here are some places in Connecticut observing women’s impact on American history.

Bristol: The Bristol Public Library will be hosting “Women’s History Month: The History of Women in the Connecticut State Police” on Tuesday, March 7. From 1 p.m. – 2 p.m., retired Connecticut State Police Sergeant Jerry Longo will be giving a presentation about women in the Connecticut State Police. As the Chairman of the Connecticut State Police Museum and author of Images of America: The Connecticut State Police, Mr. Longo will be addressing the importance of women in the CT Police force.

Hartford: Trinity College in Hartford will host a discussion on March 9, “Hartford Black Mothers Raising Bridges over Troubled Waters.”  Sponsored by the Women & Gender Resource Action Center, this discussion will explore the dynamic between black women and mothers from the Caribbean, Africa, and the United Stated. WGRAC’s event will be held in Terrace Room C of Mather Hall at 4:30 p.m., featuring Trinity alumna Channon Miller ’11.

Another event hosted at Trinity College will be “Ruling Your Life’s Runway,” with motivational speaker and supermodel Stacey McKenzie. On Tuesday, March 23, McKenzie will speak about issues of diversity, societal beauty standards, and girls’ and women’s empowerment. It will be held in the Washington Room of Mather Hall at 12:15 p.m..

The Connecticut Historical Society Museum & Library will present a panel discussion: Women in STEM. On Wednesday, March 8 from 5:30 PM – 7 PM, the CHS will discuss challenges facing women entering science, technology, engineering, and math careers. The panelists will also provide information about innovative programs encouraging girls and STEM, while they tell stories about their own STEM careers.

If you are interested in learning more about women’s role in Connecticut and America, take a visit to the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford. Stowe (1811-1896) was a social injustice activist and a published author of over 30 books, including Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Born in Litchfield, Stowe was one of Connecticut’s most influential women. 

New Haven: Yale University’s Working Women’s Network will host a series of events throughout Women’s History Month. On Thursday, March 9, the WWN and Future Leaders of Yale will welcome Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund to discuss the status of paid family leave initiatives in CT. From 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. in 55 Whitney Room 369, the WWN & FLY will share policy information and how to get involved in the campaign. On Tuesday, March 21 from 12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m., the WWN will hold an artwork viewing at the Yale University Art Gallery. On Wednesday, March 29, from 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., the WWN will put on a Recognition Award Ceremony at the Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall. This celebration will award one woman employed at Yale who has been an exemplary member of her community.

Old Saybrook: Or learn more about another beloved character in Connecticut’s history, Katharine Hepburn, 4-time Academy Award winning actress. Visit the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center (The Kate), which celebrates the passion and commitment to arts and culture of Katharine Hepburn.

West Hartford: Elmwood Community Center in West Hartford will engage in the discussion “After Women’s March: Which Way Forward?” exploring the direction of the women’s movement following the national and international women’s marches this past Jan. 21. The discussion will be held on Friday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m.

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<![CDATA[St. Patrick’s Day Events Across Connecticut]]> Fri, 10 Mar 2017 10:32:33 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_835044505278-st-patricks-day-lede.gif

Get out your green clothes and celebrate the luck of the Irish! Here are a few of the state's St. Patrick's Day parades and events. 

 

Hartford: The state’s capitol city will hold its 46th Annual Greater Hartford St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 11th at 11 a.m. The parade will begin at Capitol Avenue by the State Capitol, takes a left on Main Street, a left on Asylum, a left on Ford Street, and ends by the Memorial Arch. Parking will be available in various lots and garages near the XL Center area and Convention Center.

The Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society presents “Tavern Night: A Taste of Ireland” on March 17 at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. This event will include a dinner of Guinness Steak Pie™, green beans, Irish soda bread, along with drinks, and live entertainment from West Hartford’s Coogan School of Irish Dance.

New Haven: The Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade, or “The largest single-day spectator event in the state of Connecticut,” will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday March 12th. There will be parking available in the Frontier Lot at 367 Orange St. and Yale University Parking Lots 16 & 22, located at the intersection of Whitney Avenue & Humphrey Street. Shuttle bus transportation will be offered from all three of the lots to the Parade staging area from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Milford: The rescheduled parade will be held on Saturday, March 18 at 1 p.m.

Stamford: The 22nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Stamford will begin at 12 p.m. on March 4th. It will feature 80 marching units from the tri-state area.

Greenwich: A St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place in Greenwich on March 19th at 2 p.m., featuring pipe bands, floats, horses, and clowns.

Hamden: Quinnipiac University holds Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum, the world’s largest collection of Great Hunger-related art and educational resources. The museum will be open for the St. Patrick’s Day holiday.

Mystic: An Irish Parade celebrating Irish heritage will be held on March 19th at 1 p.m.

New London: A parade will be held on Main Street at 1 p.m. on March 12th, be sure to wear green.

Essex: Essex will host a Go Bragh Parade on March 11th at 10:30 a.m. The parade will include a horse drawn wagon ride, face painting, music, and more.

Norwich:  A parade and festival will take place on March 5th at 1 p.m. on Main Street. There will be face painting, food trucks, beer, crafts, music, and more.



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<![CDATA[Mardi Gras Specials and Events in Connecticut]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:56:01 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*123/Mardi+Gras+List+Boston.jpg

Windsor: Nat Hayden’s is serving Jambalaya, Shrimp and Grits, and hush puppees on Fat Tuesday. Plus, every Friday during Lent, Nat Hayden’s will be serving a special fish dinner.

 

New Haven: The New Haven Free Public Library is hosting an evening of food and drink, live entertainment, and a silent auction for Mardi Gras on Feb. 28. Starting at 5:30 P.M., guests should come dressed in cocktail attire to enjoy tastings from some of the area’s most popular restaurants and participate in a NOLA style parade.

 

Hartford: An all-day-long party will take place at Black Eyed Sally’s starting from 11:30 A.M. on Feb. 28 and wrapping up at 12:30 A.M. on March 1. An all-you-can-eat Southern Feast will be served for lunch for $13.95 and a dinner will be served from 6 P.M. to 11 P.M. In between lunch and dinner, you can enjoy a special happy hour from 4 P.M. to 6 P.M. There will be stilt walkers, Mardi Gras beads, face painting, and more.

 

Hosted by the Hartford Yard Goats, Liquid Lounge at the Connecticut Science Center will hold a 21+ event for Mardi Gras on Friday, March 3 from 6 P.M. to 10 P.M. There will be four floors of street style performances, including stilt walkers, magicians, and jugglers. Prizes will be awarded to the best Mardi Gras outfits.

 

Danbury: Connecticut Young Professionals is putting on a Mardi Gras Happy Hour celebration at Black Angus Grill. Come enjoy free food and drink specials from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M.

 

Unionville: Cure Restaurant will be serving up New Orleans inspired food and drink all day long on Feb. 28. Special cocktails include Hurricanes, Sazeracs, Cajun Bloody Marys and Daiquiris.

 

Wallingford: Aljoya Thornton Place will be celebrating Fat Tuesday from 4:15 P.M. to 5:15 P.M. with live entertainment. The King Cake will perform New Orleans Rhythm & Blues inspired music.

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<![CDATA[Hartford Yard Goats Hold National Anthem Auditions Saturday]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:09:38 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Yard+Goats+logo_1200.jpg

The Hartford Yard Goats Baseball Club will hold auditions for the National Anthem over the weekend.

 

Singers will try out at the Spotlight Theatres on 39 Front Street in Hartford at 9 a.m. on Saturday, according to the Hartford Yard Goats’ spokesman Jeff Dooley.

 

Audition slots have been filled already.

 

The baseball team’s home opener will be played at Dunkin’ Donuts Park on Thursday, April 13.



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<![CDATA[Peeps-Flavored Oreo Cookies Are Here]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:37:19 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/oreo-peeps.jpg

Move over peanut butter and jelly, a new flavor fusion is sweetening up store shelves.

Oreo and Peeps have joined forces for a limited edition Peeps Oreo sandwich cookie.

The Oreo features two golden cookies with a marshmallow Peeps-flavored filling.

The new sweet tweet will be sold at Wal-Mart's nation-wide starting Feb. 22.



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<![CDATA['A Particular Set of Skills': 'Taken' Prequel Set for Debut]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:31:35 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/cliveclive.jpg

A man with "a particular set of skills" is heading to a television near you. But it's not Liam Neeson.

“Taken,” a modern-day, nail-biting thriller, follows the story of Bryan Mills in a new television series that takes place 30 years before the movie of the same name. Viewers are introduced to the character before he becomes the world weary fighter made iconic on the silver screen by Neeson, as he just begins his career  as a deadly CIA operative.

The role is portrayed by Clive Standen, who is bringing his own fresh take --and stunts-- to the action-heavy role.

“He’s just an everyday guy with a ‘particular set of skills,’” Standen said. “He’s relentless. He just won’t give up.”

Standen, whose credits to date include runs on the History Channel's "Vikings" along with small roles in films "Everest" and "Hammer of the Gods," insisted on doing the majority of his own stunts for the show, including fight scenes, running and parkour. He believes when a stunt double takes over a scene, the audience loses engagement with the character, since they can only see the character’s back.

“If you can put a camera on an actor’s face, then you start to tell a story through the action and you start to engage an audience,” he said.

After accepting the role Standen spoke to Neeson, who told him the main thing to keep in mind about Bryan Mills is that “his heart is what keeps him going, it’s what gets him up.”

Standen pays homage to Neeson’s portrayal  through his intensity, but says the roles are quite different. He’s excited for “Taken” to debut as “an action show with no fluff,” because in his portrayal of Mills, Standen makes him a “real person.”

“When I watch a TV show, I want to connect with someone who has some kind of humanity,” he said. “I don’t want to do anything that looks larger than life; life is large enough. No one wants to go see ‘action man’ anymore, we want to see life.”

Alexander Cary serves as writer and executive producer, who Standen credited with finding an “amazing cast,” including Jennifer Beals, Gaius Charles, Brooklyn Sudano, Monique Gabriela Curnen, Michael Irby, James Landry Hébert and Jose Pablo Cantillo.

“Taken” premieres on Monday, Feb. 27 at 10 p.m. ET on NBC.



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<![CDATA[Today Marks 'National Margarita Day']]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:18:18 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Margarita.png

Happy National Margarita Day. 

Every year on Feb. 22, restaurants and bars around the country celebrate the classic cocktail composed of tequila, triple sec and lime.

Whether you prefer your margarita with salt, frozen or on the rocks, this day is for you.

Today, lime is not the only flavor infused in the most popular tequila-based cocktail. According to the "Official Website of National Margarita Day," flavors like strawberry and pomegranate are also commonly ordered.  

Many Connecticut restaurants that usually sell margaritas are offering deals today to entice customers to partake in the annual tradition.  These restaurants include both chains and individual locations.  

Check with your favorite local margarita-selling restaurant to see what deals they might be offering you today.

The hashtag #NationalMargaritaDay is being used on social media to help celebrate.

Here are some tips from the "Today" show on making the "The Perfect Margarita," a "3-Ingredient Strawberry Margarita," and "4-Ingredient Skinny Margarita."



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<![CDATA[Taste of Hartford Restaurant Week Begins]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:29:18 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/max+downtown+hartford.JPG

Taste of Hartford is underway and the foodie celebration is going on for two weeks.

Twenty four restaurants are participating in the event, which starts today and goes through March 5 and they are offering a prix fixe menu. Most of the menus are for $20.17 or $30.17, depending on where you go and what you’re having.

bin228 Price: $30.17 Call: (860) 244-9463 

Black-Eyed Sally’s. Call: (860) 278-7427 Make reservations online here.  

The Capital Grille. Call (860) 244-0075. Make reservations online here

Carbone’s Call: (860) 296-9646. Make reservations online here

City Steam Brewery. Price: $20.17. Call: (860) 525-1600 

Costa Del Sol. Price: $30.17. Call: (860) 296-1714

Coyote Flaco Call: (860) 953-1299

Ficara’s Restaurant Price: $20.17 Call: (860) 296-3238

Firebox Price: $30.17. Call: (860) 246-1222 Make reservations online here.  

First & Last Tavern Price: $20.17. Call: (860) 956-6000

Francesco’s Ristorante & Lounge Price: $30 Call: (860) 296-3024

J Restaurant & Bar Price: $20.17 or $30.17 (860) 527-7764

Max Downtown Price: $30.17 per person (860) 522-2530 Make reservations online here.

Nutshell Café (860) 956-2836

On20 Call: (860) 722-5161 Make reservations online here

Peppercorns. Price: $20.17. Call: (860) 547-1714 Make reservations online here

Republic at the Linden Price: $30.17 Call: (860) 310-3269

Salute Price: $20.17. Call: (860) 899-1350

Siam Hartford Price: $20.17 Call: (860) 727-1088

Ted’s Montana Grill Price: $30.17 Call: (860) 692-1167

Trinity Restaurant Price: $30.17 Call: (860) 728-9822

Trumbull Kitchen: Price: $30.17 Call: (860) 493-7412. Make reservations online here. 

U.S.S. Chowder Pot IV Call: (860) 244-3311

VIVO $30.17 (860) 760-2333 Make reservations online here. 

Hartford is not the only Connecticut city or town celebrating restaurant week.

Danbury Restaurant Week runs from Feb. 20 to 26 

Fairfield Restaurant Week runs from Feb. 27 to March 5 

Greater Orange Restaurant Week runs from Feb. 26 to March 12

Ridgefield Restaurant Week runs from Feb. 20 to 27 

Stamford Restaurant Week runs from Feb. 17 to March 2 



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<![CDATA[Harlem Globetrotters at the XL Center in Hartford]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 13:54:56 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/harlem+globetrotters_1200.jpg

Looking for something to do with the family this weekend? The Original Harlem Globetrotters are at the XL Center in Hartford Saturday as part of their 2017 World Tour.

The team will have two events – one at 2 p.m. and one at 7 p.m. After the game the Globetrotters will stick around for autographs and a “high five session.”

For more information and to buy tickets visit the XL Center website.



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<![CDATA[Zima Poised for US Comeback]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 19:47:39 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/zima.jpg

Get ready to finally peel yourself off of that bar stool you’ve been stuck on since the ‘90s—Zima is making a comeback to coolers in the U.S.

Zima was discontinued in America in 2008, according to Crain’s, but its Chicago-based producer says it’s returning after the success of MillerCoor’s Henry’s Hard Soda line. 

"If you're one of the zillion fans who have missed Zima, the answer should be clear," MillerCoors said in a statement.

Murmurs of the fabled ‘90s-era malt liquor, with its quirky and memorable commercials, began last fall, Crain’s reports, compounded by a MillerCoors Michigan distributor posting a photo of the beverage on Instagram.

Zima is expected to be back in stores and watering holes sometime this year, according to Crain’s.

The company aims to compete with other malt beverage brands, like Smirnoff Ice and Mike's Hard Lemonade.



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<![CDATA[Restaurant Owner Gives Discount for Polite Kids]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:25:48 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/restaurant4.jpg

Antonio Ferrari, the owner of a wine bar in Italy, has picked up a practice that he first noticed while visiting a restaurant in Miami.

His group was given a discount because his friends' children were well behaved. Ferrari has since embraced the move and recently posted on Facebook a photograph of a receipt from his restaurant, Today.com reported.

The caption reads: “It happens so seldom!”



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<![CDATA[Chick-fil-A Coming to Newington]]> Wed, 15 Feb 2017 15:36:23 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Chick-Fil-A-DelSure-FB.jpg

It appears that another Chick-fil-A restaurant is coming to Connecticut. The fast-food chain leased the site of the former Ruby Tuesday restaurant on the Berlin Turnpike in Newington, according to the minutes from the Newington Economic Development Commission meeting in January.

The record from the meeting says there has been no announcement about when it will open or if the company will seek approval for a drive-through.

NBC Connecticut reached out to media relations department of Chick-fll-A, but there was no response as of Wednesday afternoon.

There are currently seven Chick-fil-A restaurants in Connecticut.

  • Brookfield: 156 Federal Road: (203) 775-7976
  • Danbury: Danbury Fair Mall: (203) 796-1037
  • Enfield: 25 Hazard Ave.: (860) 253-0469
  • Mohegan Sun Resort: (570) 591-1910
  • North Haven: 560 Universal Dr. North: (203) 234-0300
  • Wallingford: 1098 N Colony Road: (203) 265-4747
  • West Hartford: 509 New Park Ave.: (860) 461-1691



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<![CDATA[For Sale: Bethenny Frankel's $5.25M SoHo Apartment ]]> Wed, 15 Feb 2017 12:30:00 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/frankel-apt2.jpg Bethenny Frankel is parting with her luxurious SoHo apartment in New York. The "Real Housewives" star's residence was posted on Tuesday at a whopping $5.25 million.

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<![CDATA[Foxwoods Offered Free Concerts for 25th Anniversary]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:06:57 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Foxwoods+external+photo.jpg

This is the 25th anniversary of Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Ledyard and there were two free concerts last week to celebrate the milestone.

Kesha performed a free show at the Grand Theater and Smokey Robinson had a free concert at the Fox Theatre.

Foxwoods is celebrating the anniversary all year long. See the other anniversary specials.

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<![CDATA[It's a Boy: American Girl Announces 1st Male Doll]]> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 16:21:06 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/prnewswire2-a.akamaihd.jpg

American Girl is getting its first boy character this season, Today.com reports.

Logan Everett, a gray-eyed, brown-haired boy who plays the drums, is an 18-inch doll being released Thursday with Tenney, a female singer-songwriter.

They are part of American Girl's plans to launch dolls with diverse backgrounds, experiences and personalities in 2017, according to a press release. 

"A boy character has been a top request from our fans for decades," Julie Parks, a representative for American Girl, told Today.com.

Some moms have already been changing their 18-inch girl dolls into boys for their sons.



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<![CDATA[Moe’s Offers $5 Burritos to Celebrate UConn 100th Straight Win]]> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 12:54:22 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/moes+southwest+grill.JPG

Moe’s Southwest Grill is celebrating the 100th consecutive win for the UConn women’s basketball team by offering $5 burritos in Connecticut Wednesday.   

Moe’s Southwest Grill is a sponsor of UConn athletics and in addition to the $5 burritos, it will also be giving away 100 bonus points to all Rockin’ Rewards customers who check in on the mobile app tomorrow. 

  • These are the participating restaurants: 
  • Avon: 385 West Main St.
  • Branford: 1060 West Main St.
  • Bristol: 641 Farmington Ave.
  • Brookfield: 174 Federal Road
  • Enfield: 25 Hazard Ave.
  • Fairfield: 2267 Black Rock Turnpike
  • Glastonbury: 2450 Main St.
  • Groton: 220 Rt-12
  • Hamden: 2100 Dixwell Ave.
  • Hartford: 30 State House Square
  • Mansfield: 195 Storrs Road
  • New Haven: 46 Whitney Ave.
  • Newington: 3145 Berlin Turnpike
  • Southington: 720 Queen St.
  • South Windsor: 535 Evergreen Way
  • Vernon: 35 Talcottville Road
  • Wallingford: 970 North Colony Road
  • Waterford: 903-915 Hartford Turnpike
  • Windsor: 697 Poquonock Ave.

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<![CDATA[Road Races and 5Ks Across Connecticut This Year ]]> Mon, 13 Feb 2017 13:55:08 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/hartford+marathon+start.jpg

Looking for a fun way to run off all of those carbs? Consider participating in one of these 5K races or half marathons in Connecticut. Some of them even include youth events if you have children to bring along. 

Saturday Feb. 18 – Stratford: “A Second Chance for Romance” 5k

Sunday, Feb. 19 – Danbury: “Big Chili” 5k

Saturday, Feb. 25 – Colchester: “Colchester Half Marathon”

Sunday, Feb. 26 – New Preston: “Lake Waramaug Polar Bear Run” 7.6 Miler

Saturday, March 4 – Mystic: “Kelley’s Pace Hare Hop” 5k

Sunday, March 5 – Norwalk: “Boston Buildup Series” 25k

Sunday, March 5 – New Haven: ShamRock & Roll” 5k

Sunday, March 5 –Westport: Westport Weston Y Indoor Triathlon

Saturday, March 11 – Oakville: “OJ’s 5k Shamrock Shuffle”

Saturday, March 11 – Southington: “O’Shenanigan’s 5k”

Saturday, March 11 – Stamford: “Shamrock Stroll Harbor Point”

Saturday, March 11 – Windham: “St. Patty’s Blarney Stone Dash” 5k

Sunday, March 12 – Bolton: “Bolton Road Race” 5 mile

Sunday, March 12 – Putnam: “Courthouse O’Putnam” 5k

Sunday, March 12 – Monroe: “Pi Day 5k”

Wednesday, March 15 – Killingly: “Squeaky Sneakers 4”

Thursday, March 16 – New Haven: “The Loco Run” 13/1/10k/5k/1k

Saturday, March 18 – Niantic: “O Niantic 5k”

Saturday, March 18 – “Mystic Irish 5k”

Saturday, March 18 – Bristol: “Shamrock Run” 5 mile, 2 mile

Sunday, March 19 – Madison: “Leprechaun 5 Miler”

Sunday, March 19 – Fairfield: “St. Patrick’s Day Classic”

Sunday, March 19 – Shelton: “Moving with H.O.P.E.” 5k

Sunday, March 19 – Hartford: “O Hartford 5k & Wee Mile”

Sunday, March 19 – Brookfield: “Brookfield Shamrock 5k”

Sunday, March 19 – West Hartford: “Johnny’s Jog for Charity” 5k

Sunday, March 19 – Hamden: “Run for the Shamrock 10k Road Race”

Saturday, March 25 – East Hampton: “Running with Scissors” 5k

Saturday, March 25 – Baltic: “St. Joseph School 24th Annual Road Race” 3 mile, 1 mile, ½ mile

Saturday, March 25 – Stratford: “Max’s Shamrock 5k”

Saturday, March 25 – Bridgewater: “XTERRA Trail Run Series” 80k, 50k, 25k, 10k

Saturday, March 26 – Fairfield: “Boston Blowout 30k”

Saturday, April 1 – West Hartford: “Greater Hartford ¼ Marathon”

Saturday, April 1 – Moodus: “East Haddam Community Lions Club April Fool’s Road Race”

Saturday, April 1 – Franklin: “Franklin Patriots” 5k

Saturday, April 1 – Tolland: “Sound of Spring” 5k

Saturday, April 1 – Easton: “18th Annual April Fool’s 5k Race for DARE”

Saturday, April 1 – West Haven: “Savin Rock Marathon & Half Marathon”

Saturday, April 1 – Bridgeport: “Sound Tigers 5k Tiger Dash”

Saturday, April 1 – Rocky Hill: “Terrier Tough Competition” 5k

Saturday, April 1 – Newtown: “Sandy Hook 5k”

Sunday, April 2 – Guilford: “Bimblers Bash 10k”

Sunday, April 2 – Greenwich: “CancerCare Walk/Run for Hope”

Sunday, April 2 – Waterbury: “Chris Corbett 5l”

Sunday, April 2 – Middletown: “Middletown Half Marathon”

Sunday, April 2 – Danbury, Cheshire, Fairfield, New Haven: “Zuse Distance Challenge” Half Marathon & 5k

Saturday, April 8 – Rocky Hill: “2nd Annual Rocky Hill CJB Library 5k”

Saturday, April 8 – Norwalk: “Color Vibe 5k”

Saturday, April 8 – Manchester: “Finally Spring” 5k

Saturday, April 8 – Salem: “Salem Road Race” 5k, 1mile

Sunday, April 9 – New Haven: “Julia’ Run for Children”

Sunday, April 9 – Fairfield: “Donnelly Dash” 3.5 mile run

Sunday, April 9 – Middletown: “Harvard Pilgrim Middletown Half Marathon”

Sunday, April 9 – Vernon: “Strong Family Farm Chicken Run” 5k

Saturday, April 15 – Bloomfield: “Traprock 50k Trail Run”

Saturday, April 15 – Old Saybrook: “LifeZone 5k Challenge”

Saturday, April 15 – Canterbury: “3rd Annual Canterbury 10k Road Race”

Wednesday, April 19 – Stamford: “8 Weeks to Seaside Triathlon & Duathlon”

Saturday, April 22 – Windsor: “1040EZ 5k Run”

Sunday, April 23 – Danbury: “DAWS Run for Animals 5k”

Sunday, April 23 – Westport: “Minute Man Race”

Sunday, April 20 – Cheshire: “Ion Bank Cheshire Half Marathon, Relay & 5k”

Saturday, May 6 – Granby: “2017 Granby Road Race”

Sunday, May 7 – New Haven: “Denali ROCK the GAUNTLET 5k Obstacle Race”

Sunday, May 7 – Hamden: “The Cookie Challenge 5k”

Saturday, May 13 – New Haven: “Clean Air Run”

Saturday, May 13 – Thompson: “Terrain Race – New England”

Friday, May 19 – Simsbury: “New England Series 2017 Day 6”

Saturday, May 20 – Hamden: “2017 Hamden Hills Half Marathon & 5k”

Saturday, May 20 – Quaker Hill: “Q.H. 5k Challenge”

Saturday, May 20 – East Hartford: “CHR’s 1 in 5” 5k

Saturday, May 20 – Bethlehem: “Run for Hope” 5k run

Sunday, May 21 – Avon: “13th Annual Avon Road Race”

Sunday, May 21 – Cheshire: “Cheshire YMCA Sea Dog 5k Run”

Sunday, May 21 – North Branford: “Matt’s Mission 5k”

Sunday, May 21 – Newington: “Newington Library 5k Challenge”

Sunday, June 4 – Norwalk: “Miles for Meals 5k”

Saturday, June 10 – Enfield: “HMS Fun Run Day 2017” 5k & 1k

Sunday, June 18 – Branford: “Branford Road Race”

Saturday, June 24 – Fairfield: “Fairfield University Lil’ Stags Fun Run”

Saturday, June 24 – Fairfield: “Faxon Law Fairfield 5k”

Saturday, June 24 – Meriden: “Central CT Pet Fair 5k, Dog Walk, Fun Run”

Sunday, June 25 – Fairfield: “Faxon Law Fairfield Half Marathon”

Saturday, July 15 – East Hartford: “Bubble RUN”

Sunday, July 16 – Stamford: “Navigators Stamford KIC IT 5k”

Wednesday July 19 – Middletown: “Citizens Bank 5k”

Saturday, July 22 – Newington: 2017 Scottish Rite/Freemasons 5k”

Thursday, August 3 – Hartford: “CFA Society Hartford Corporate 5k”

Saturday, August 5 – Washington Depot: “XTERRA Trail Run Series”



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<![CDATA[Where To Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Connecticut ]]> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 16:46:16 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Valentine-Day-chocolate-heart-generic.jpg

Whether you prefer a relaxing weekend away at a spa or an exciting fire and ice festival, Connecticut has many options to offer you this February. Here are a few fun ways to spread the Valentine's Day love. 

Mashantucket: Foxwoods Resort & Casino presents a Valentine’s celebration on Feb. 11 at 8 p.m. at the Grand Theater at Foxwoods. “An Evening of Love” will include several R&B musicians, including Monica, Donell Jones, Mario, Soul for Real, and Mario Winans.

Uncasville: Head to The Shops at Mohegan Sun on Tuesday, Feb. 14 to enjoy Valentine’s discounts all day long. The restaurants in the resort, including BALLO Italian Restaurant, Bean and Vine Café & Wine Bar, Carlo’s Bakery, Geno’s Pub, Michael Jordan’s Steak House, and others will be offering special deals on their Valentine’s dinners and desserts.

Mystic: The Inn at Mystic is offering a Valentine’s Day Room Package, with rates starting at $189. This deal will give you a romantic overnight stay at the Inn, dinner for two, a bottle of champagne and a box of chocolates.

Goshen: The Sunset Meadow Vineyards will be hosting a Valentine’s Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 11 and Sunday, Feb. 12 at 6:30 p.m. For $129.00 per couple, you can enjoy a dinner on the vineyard with music, roses, and chocolate.

Westbrook: Water’s Edge Resort and Spa will offer a special menu and candlelit dinner at Dattilo Fine Italian, available Saturday, Feb. 11 through Tuesday, Feb. 14.

Putnam: “Fire & Ice,” the fourth annual Valentine’s Festival, will continue the tradition of ice carvings, fire torches, fire dancing performances, and chocolate sculpting. The largest single ice-block competition in the United States will take place here on Saturday, Feb. 11 from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.

New Haven: A night of stand-up comedy will be provided at Anthony’s Ocean View on Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 6:30 p.m, with proceeds benefitting the AIDS Project New Haven. Tickets for “Love Stinks,” a comedy show and dinner, will include an open bar, hors d’ouvres, dinner, a DJ, and Team Green Light Comedy Collective for $75 per person.

Branford: The Legacy Theatre will present “Heart of the Matter: songs and stories of love” on Tuesday, Feb. 14 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Get tickets to this event now for $20.

Norwich: The Spa at Norwich Inn, partnering with Jonathan Edwards Winery, will offer a Wine Tasting Package perfect for Valentine’s Day weekend. This package includes a tour of the winery, a voucher for One Classic Tasting of 7 Wines at Jonathan Edwards Winery in North Stonington, breakfast in Kensington’s Restaurant, and full use of the spa facilities.

Hartford: Sea Tea Improv will present “Valentine’s Day Special” featuring Romantic Baby at the Sea Tea Improv Studios on Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 8 p.m.

Willimantic: The Leaf and Flour will be taking reservations for their “Sweetheart High Tea” all throughout February. For $28.50 per person, you can treat your significant other to special treats from decadent Red Velvet Cake and Mousseline cream Tart to a savory Bacon and Blue Cheese Quiche.



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<![CDATA[Snow Cancels DNCE Concert at Oakdale]]> Thu, 09 Feb 2017 12:35:59 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DNCE+GettyImages-633868028.jpg

The DNCE concert scheduled for the Dome at the Oakdale in Wallingford tonight has been canceled because of the snowstorm hitting Connecticut. 

Snow has overspread the state, with 10 to 18 inches expected to fall by the time the storm is over.

 

If you bought your tickets with a credit card, you will be automatically refunded. If your used cash, you can get refunds at the point of purchase, according to LiveNation.



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<![CDATA[Gronk Parties at Foxwoods]]> Wed, 08 Feb 2017 16:12:27 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/Gronk+and+Rick+Ross+5.jpg

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<![CDATA[7 Most Reviled Subway Behaviors Revealed ]]> Fri, 03 Feb 2017 08:18:34 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/W+TRAIN.jpg Which subway behavior is the most obnoxious? Our viewers weigh in.

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<![CDATA[George Orwell's '1984' is Headed to Broadway]]> Sat, 04 Feb 2017 23:17:07 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/1984PlayBroadway.jpg

Sales of George Orwell's dystopian novel "1984" have exploded since the Jan. 20 inauguration of President Donald Trump, with readers turning to the novel to explore the book's "doublethink" concept and portrait of totalitarian government, which many argue has parallels to the new administration's use of "alternative facts."

But for those who can't get their hands on a copy of the 70-year-old novel — or don't have time to read through its 300-plus pages — Broadway's got you covered.

The hit London stage adaptation of Orwell's timely novel will premiere on Broadway this summer, in a limited engagement production set to open on June 22 at the Hudson Theatre.

Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan jointly wrote the piece, and will co-direct here too. They originally premiered the show in 2013 at the Nottingham Playhouse before transferring it to London's Almeida Theatre, where it had four separate engagements.

So far, "1984" is the first planned production for the 2017-18 Broadway season. Its announcement came days after the novel hit no. 1 on the Amazon charts.

Ticket information and casting is expected to be announced shortly.



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<![CDATA[McDonald's Turns to Chocolate for Shamrock Shake-Up]]> Sat, 04 Feb 2017 23:15:18 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/McDonalds_Chocolate_Shamrock-edited.jpg

It's a good day for chocolate-loving leprechauns.

This year, McDonald's St. Patrick's Day-themed Shamrock Shakes are coming in a variety of chocolate flavors, the fast food chain announced.

Along with the familiar, green Shamrock Shake, customers will find Chocolate Shamrock Shake (half mint, half chocolate), Shamrock Hot Chocolate, Shamrock Mocha and Shamrock Chocolate Chip Frappe on the menu. Each drink has at least a hint of mint.

The Shamrock Shake was first released in 1970, and its sales helped build the first Ronald McDonald house, in Philadelphia, four years later.



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<![CDATA[2017 Connecticut Concert Season]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:22:24 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Bob-Dylan3.jpg A look at some of the artists playing concerts at venues across Connecticut.]]> <![CDATA[Grand Opening of Chick-fil-A in West Hartford Postponed]]> Thu, 09 Feb 2017 14:22:51 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/West+Hartford+chick+fil+a.jpg

The Chick-fil-A in West Hartford was scheduled to open today, but it has been postponed the grand opening until tomorrow because of the heavy snow. 

A Chick-fil-A restaurant will now open at 6:30 a.m. on Friday at 509 New Park Ave. 

Daryl Jackson, who is originally from Naugatuck, owns the restaurant and this is his first Chick-fil-A.



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<![CDATA[Hooters Opening Fast-Casual Spinoff Hoots]]> Fri, 03 Feb 2017 07:47:44 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/hoots-rendering-edited.jpg

During the first few weeks of January, “New Year, New Me” became a popular mantra. Hooters seems to have taken the words to heart and made good on its New Year’s resolution.

The restaurant chain, known for its scantily clad female employees, has decided to launch a new fast-casual franchise that will still have wings, but fewer breasts.

In an attempt to attract millennial and female diners, the company announced Tuesday that it will open Hoots, where servers will no longer wear the famous skintight Hooters tank-tops and booty-exposing orange shorts. Instead, they’ll have a uniform that includes a “newly designed Hoots shirt” and either shorts or pants, Hoots spokesperson Liz Harmon told the Huffington Post

The eatery will consider employees of both genders, a radical shift from Hooters’ all-female waiting staff. The first Hoots will open outside of Chicago in Cicero, Illinois, in mid-February.

“We selected Chicago as our launch market largely due to the success of our carry-out business in the Chicagoland area,”said Neil Kiefer, Hooters Management Corporation president and CEO.

The first branch will cover about 2,800 square feet, support 30 employees, and have a 75-person capacity. Equipped with a full bar, its menu will serve up Hooters’ greatest hits. 

But are traditional Hooters’ patrons there for the taste or the view? Given the popularity of other “breastaurants” like Twin Peaks, demand for venues like Hooters is clearly still high. Though fast-casual dining is also a growing market, especially among young adults, it remains to be seen whether people will go to Hoots just for the food.

Company higher-ups seem hopeful.

“It is a logical extension of the brand and will provide more people with more opportunities to enjoy our world famous wings,” said Terry Marks, Hooters of America president and CEO. “We have a lot to learn, but we are excited about the potential.”



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<![CDATA[Envoy Hotel Opening Rooftop 'Igloo' Bar]]> Thu, 02 Feb 2017 15:54:28 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/261*120/igloo31.jpg

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<![CDATA[Rooftop 'Igloo' Bar Now Open in Boston]]> Sun, 12 Feb 2017 18:58:30 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*125/igloo3.jpg

Rooftop cocktail bars are always popular in the summer. But in the winter, Boston's frigid temperatures can make them an awfully tough sell.

But it looks like The Envoy Hotel may have figured out a solution.

The Igloos on Lookout Rooftop & Bar are now open at The Envoy, which is located in the Seaport District.

According to the bar's Facebook page, the "igloos" are heated and lit, making it easy to brave the stubbornly cold temperatures or even a snowstorm. They're open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays only, on a first-come, first-serve basis, from 4 to 10 p.m.

"We wanted ways to utilize the rooftop and draw some attention to the hotel," said Rob Saunders, general manager of The Envoy's Outlook Kitchen and Lookout Rooftop & Bar. "We're giving people an opportunity to be outside and drinking in the wintertime, and to do it in a kind of cool way. We're definitely excited."

Photos posted on the bar's Facebook page show glowing, electric-blue spheres, with chairs and a small table inside.

Saunders said there are six igloos altogether. Each one seats eight to 10 people comfortably. The bar is located inside the hotel, so when you want a drink, you just flip a switch and a red lightbulb lights up to alert the cocktail server.

He said the concept is a relatively new one, but there is an outdoor rooftop bar called 230 Fifth in New York City that uses them.

Right now, the Lookout offers only drinks, but customers can also get food downstairs at the Outlook Kitchen.

So far, people seem pretty enthusiastic about the idea of a year-round rooftop in Boston.

"This is an awesome concept," Janet Fesik said on Facebook.

"Let's goooooo," said Joe DiBella.

"Some clients want to buy out all six igloos," said Joe Mellia, The Envoy Hotel's general manager. "It's definitely gaining a lot of traction."



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<![CDATA[TODAY's Al Roker to Visit College Campuses for #Rokerthon 3]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 17:47:00 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/20366705_rokerthon_3_storming_into_the_madness_still_43973201d25d315affc51e38886f65a6.today-inline-large.jpg

Rokerthon is back.  This year, TODAY's weatherman is hitting the road to visit college campuses across America.  Let's get Al to Connecticut!

During the visit to campuses, he'll do a live weather report and attempt to set a new Guinness World Records record with the students.

To get him to visit your campus, make a video showing off "your 'EPIC' school spirit" and telling Al why he should visit for a live weather forecast and what Guinness World Records record you want to help him break at your school.

Some examples the TODAY show gives of possible records:

  • having Al do the weather from every fraternity and sorority on campus
  • pairing Al with every one of your sports teams
  • getting Al to deliver the forecast from the 50-yard line of a filled-to-capacity football stadium or gym
The TODAY producers wants to see your school spririt in the video such as:
  • a pep rally at your football stadium
  • a huge gathering at the iconic bar on campus
  • a performance from your world-famous a capella group
  • any hallowed tradition

SUBMIT YOUR VIDEO: You can submit your video through this link.

Entries are due Feb. 24.



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<![CDATA[Cindy Williams and Megan Cavanagh Star in Menopause the Musical in New Haven]]> Thu, 02 Feb 2017 14:08:04 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Cindy_Williams_and_Megan_Cavanaugh_Star_in_Menopause_the_Musical_in_New_Haven_1200x675_868591683574.jpg ]]> <![CDATA['Hamilton' Doubles Number of Daily Lottery Tickets]]> Wed, 01 Feb 2017 16:43:16 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/schuyler1.jpg

The renowned Broadway hit "Hamilton: An American Musical" has doubled the number of available tickets for its daily lottery.

Those who wish to enter have to fill out an entry form to participate. The lottery was previously expanded last June to 46 tickets a day.

The lucky winners have 60 minutes to purchase the tickets.

The megahit musical about the life of founding father Alexander Hamilton made history last year, earning a record 16 Tony nominations and winning 11 awards.

It also smashed box office records and made an international sensation of creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda. 



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