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Restaurant Owners Are Hoping The Weather Dries Out, Warms Up

At least five of the last weekends had wet weather, including a washout on Mother’s Day.

Restaurant owners near the water or with large open patios, like Chris Henney who owns The River – A Waterfront Restaurant and Bar in Wethersfield, said that the constant cold and rainy days has kept his patio closed often.

“Essentially it takes our restaurant basically 300 seats to 180.”

While Henney can still operate his restaurant year round without the patio, places like Shad Row in Rocky Hill are seasonal and only have outdoor patio seating.

Owner Jenna Rosella said that she wanted to open much earlier in the spring but the weather has been consistently wet and cold.

“This year I wanted to open May 1, but that wasn’t in the cards with rain and chilliness. Then my goal was Mother’s Day, that didn’t work, now my goal is this Saturday,” said Rosella.

She hopes the forecast for sunshine and warmer temperatures will help keep her new restaurant opening for this Saturday May on schedule.

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