Mortensen’s in Newington Closing, But Will Still Serve Ice Cream

One side will be ice cream, the other will be Moe's.

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    Rod Mortensen, of Mortensen’s Restaurant & Ice Cream Shoppe, said the family is “going back to their dairy roots” by closing the restaurant on December 31 and re-opening as an ice cream shop around April next year.

    The landmark Mortensen’s Restaurant on the Berlin Turnpike in Newington will close at the end of the year and reopen as a smaller ice cream shop. 

    Rod Mortensen, of Mortensen’s Restaurant & Ice Cream Shoppe, said the family is “going back to their dairy roots” by closing the restaurant on December 31 and re-opening as an ice cream shop around April next year.

    The restaurant portion of the venue will become a Moe’s Southwest Grille & Restaurant.

    Mortensen’s has been known for its dairy products for almost 100 years, starting when Elmer Mortensen delivered milk by horse and wagon in Hartford, according to a news release from the company.
    The restaurant has been a Berlin Turnpike landmark since 1940.
    The Mortensen family does not view the closure as providing less business.

    Rod Mortensen said they will “probably open a few more ice cream shops.”
    The Mortensen family’s ice cream shop in Cromwell will stay open.

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