SOUTHINGTON - Although Twisted Oak failed to take root at the former Formaggioâ€™s restaurant, the business at 1244 Meriden Ave. has been reborn under new management as Craft Kitchen.
Craft Kitchen opened last month and business has been bustling, say owner Mike Truss and chef Ace Memeti. The interior has been completely renovated.
Another prospective owner had sought to purchase the former Formaggioâ€™s restaurant from owner Noreen Derocco last December and re-open it as The Twisted Oak. But it never came to be.
Memeti and Derocco were then able to find another interested owner in Truss.
â€śOur food is locally sourced, including from some town farms,â€ť said Truss.
Memeti said his former Formaggioâ€™s customers have stuck with him at the new restaurant.
â€śMy regulars are still coming in and itâ€™s a great feeling,â€ť he said. â€śIâ€™m all about making my customers happy and I hope that people come to support Mike Truss and Craft Kitchen. Mike is also a chef and he has one of the top notch kitchens in Connecticut.â€ť
Customers can bring their own beer and wine to the restaurant, which offers a lunch and dinner menu.
Memeti competes annually at the International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas and was a two-time winner of the Southington Chamber of Commerceâ€™s pizza fest back when the event was a contest.
Craft Kitchen is open from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday.
For more information, visit craftkitchenct.com or call 860-426-3373.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.