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Town Seeks Proposals for Attilio's Replacement at Simsbury Farms

Attilio's Restaurant at Simsbury Farms closed in October. The Town of Simsbury is now seeking a new restaurant or concessions business to take its place.

With the closing of the popular Attilio's Restaurant at Simsbury Farms, the town of Simsbury is seeking proposals for a new restaurant/concessions business to take its place at the public golf course, according to a Department of Culture, Parks and Recreation release.

Attilio's owner Attilio Ceneviva announced in early October that the restaurant would close at the end of the month. Among the reasons for closing the business Ceneviva cites difficulties in working with the Town of Simsbury.

The office of the Simsbury Finance Director issued a Request For Proposal and will be accepting proposals until Nov. 15, 2012. Proposals can be sent to: Finance Director, 933 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury, Conn. 06070, according to the release.

Once the deadline has passed, the proposals will be opened in public by the Director of Culture, Parks and Recreation, according to the release.

The contract and bid documents can be found at the office of Culture, Parks and Recreation or by calling 860-408-4682. The town reserves the right to reject any and all bids if it is deemed in the best interest of the town, according to the release.

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Mark Dymersky November 08, 2012 at 11:54 AM
The town should be open to a clean family friendly restaurant with hours past golf hours. This is such a shame. There is nothing for food in this area !!! Great facility with outdoor patio and great views. The town also needs to make this appealing and not give the potential owner a hard time. I wish I had the money. This is a WIN WIN!!
peter November 08, 2012 at 03:31 PM
I'm all for this as long as it is a fair market value rent. It is not fair to all of the other food service establishments, paying full property taxes, to subsidize competition because some residents want a town owned country club with a restaurant. In the past all catering companies have been banned from catering at Simsbury Farms so as to push even more business to supporting what was already a town subsidized establishment. If the market can not afford to support a full scale restaurant in this location it is not fair to take my tax dollars to make it happen. As it is some of my favorite childhood memories are of having hot chocolate at the old snack bar. In my opinion this is what's really needed, not a full service restaurant. How many kids at the pool want fettuccine Alfredo? If it's at all for the kids, a hot dog and a Slurpee is what they really want. Last but not least, why not let it be like the little league field where a company like Kane's comes in and runs a simple and cheap to run snack bar, why must it be so over the top!
Karen Cortes November 08, 2012 at 04:12 PM
I'm not sure I would have described Attilio's as popular. I never saw any advertisting for the restaurant while they were in business, and it wasn't on the list of places to go for anyone I know. During school vacation a couple of years ago, I tried to bring my kids there for breakfast. Upon arrival, we were sent away after being told that "we must be new here" because we didn't know they only served breakfast on weekends. It's a beautiful space with tremendous potential. Whoever lands there needs a marketing plan, consistent hours, and a product that works for local families.
Len Banco November 08, 2012 at 04:43 PM
I absolutely agree with Karen's comment. It was not on the radar screen at all beyond the golf course.
Becky Latimer November 08, 2012 at 05:11 PM
The outdoor patio on a summer evening was the prettiest dining location in town! We've enjoyed lunch and dinner, both indoors and outdoors with friends and family from out of town. This is a unique, very attractive space. Can a continued range of dining options work here?
mushroom November 08, 2012 at 05:38 PM
i like the casual idea, servicing families in a snack bar/bistro style, using local contributors: ice cream and dairy, dogs/meats, produce, baked goods.........
Robert Kalechman November 08, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Mr Robert H. Kalechman left the first comment A DAY OR SO AGO I guess the Parks and rec department head OF sIMSBURY left it out he pretty much does as he please with out any direction from the First Selectman and her team of democrats who tax and spend and more then likely the new year they will raise the property taxes and used the new revelation values along with the new taxes they lay on the tax payers I was right a year ago and i am right now check the record the democratic party who tell us Bengazi Libya never happen ,tell that to the mothers of four death AMERICANS
Len Banco November 08, 2012 at 06:00 PM
The vanishingly small number of votes Mr. Kalechman received in this week's election demonstrates that he speaks primarily for himself. He perverts every discussion topic to spew his venom against well meaning residents of our community who devote their time and energy working on behalf of all of us. He is just an angry, cranky old man who just about all of us are tired of listening to.
Sims Taxpayer November 08, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Thank you LEN!!! I for one am tired of his drawn out ranting and raving. Wish the Patch would remove him. He ads no substance to the discussions and, as you said, it's all about him. My first thought was, "Robert Kalechman who??"
Ken Katz November 09, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Len and Sims Taxpayer: I sure don't disagree with you, but Kalechman has a right to "spew forth his venom", as you put it, as long as he isn't hurting anyone. That we may find it offensive is for us to decide. Let him rant. No one's listening. But, let's confine ourselves here to the subject at hand. If we want something for the kids, hot dogs, slurpees, fast type of food, either the snack bar at the pool or a hot dog vendor would, in my view, be the appropriate venue. The restaurant, overlooking pristine grounds and set up for viewing nice sunsets, is more suited to something much more upscale. Perhaps approaching one of our local restauranteurs (and we've got some very good ones here in Simsbury with a plan for expansion of their businesses may be considered.

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