Published at 2:08 PM EDT on Sep 20, 2017 | Updated at 11:11 AM EDT on Sep 21, 2017
Max Downtown, the flagship restaurant of the Max Restaurant Group, is reopening after a summer of "top to bottom" renovation. The company says after renewing a lease with the building owner that it wanted to give it a more updated and modern feel. The updated restaurant is open for dinner and will start lunch service on Sept. 25.
The restaurant first opened in 1986 and was renamed Max Downtown in 1996 after moving to its current location in City Place.
“A lot has changed in the 20 plus years since we opened Max Downtown. The restaurant industry is vastly different, our diners’ expectations have evolved and Hartford too is seeing big changes. In order to give our customers, the best possible experience, we need to adapt,” said Richard Rosenthal, Max Restaurant Group founder and president, in a company press release.
“We’re staying upscale – the quality of our food and high-end service that our customers expect from us will remain the same. All that is changing is our appearance. We’re updating every inch of our dining room, bar and kitchen to appeal to a wider range of diners. Expect a more relaxed, casual vibe and dining experience,” said Rosenthal’s business partner, Steven Abrams.