SOUTHINGTON - Close Harbour Seafood has added live chef nights to its extensive list of special events.
The special nights take place from 6 p.m. to closing on Wednesday nights and feature a different cuisine every week.
Chef Dave Dibiase will choose a theme, set up a cooking station in the dining room and cook meals to order for customers. This week’s will feature tacos with a variety of ingredients that customers can pick from.
Last week’s pasta bar was the first time for this event, and it proved to be a success, Co-owner Lisa Onofri said.
“It went great,” Onofri said. “People love it.”
According to Onofri, the new weekly event comes as a result of a request from Dibiase.
“He loves to be out in front of his people. He was definitely pushing for it,” Onofri said.
Up until now, Dibiase has been mostly behind the scenes in the kitchen since he was hired almost four years ago, Onofri said.
Dibiase was hired when Onofri and her brother, Richard Close, bought the establishment from their father after a fire forced a complete remodel.
Despite the fire damage requiring a full gut job on the interior of the restaurant, Close Harbour Seafood is continuing to find success after over 40 years in business.
In addition to the new Wednesday chef night event, the Plantsville seafood restaurant has started its seasonal happy hour schedule.
During winter, happy hour is extended to include Friday, so Tuesday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m., items can be selected from a special menu featuring oysters, salmon and caper fritters, fish tacos and more, as well as discounted specialty drinks.
Close Harbour Seafood is also getting ready for the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday.
“A lot of places have a limited menu on Valentine’s Day and people are bummed,” Onofri said. She said that her establishment will have the full menu available plus a variety of chef’s specials.
Close Harbour Seafood is at 959 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike in Plantsville and serves seafood-centered food for brunch, lunch and dinner and includes a fish market.
For more information, visit its website at www.closeharbourseafood.com .