July 6, 2018
Real Estate Roundup

Taco Bell, with a bar, to open in downtown NH

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A Taco Bell Cantina store in Las Vegas.
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139 Mill Rock Road East, Old Saybrook.

Elm City residents will soon be able to feed their cravings for late night tacos and wash them down with a beer, wine or cocktail, too.

Cantina Hospitality, a Greenwich-based Taco Bell and Applebee's franchisee, has signed a 10-year lease for 4,114 square feet at 956 Chapel St. to open New England's first Taco Bell Cantina.

The opening is set to coincide with the return of Yale students to campus in late summer or early fall, said Scott Fischer, the franchisee's director of marketing.

Taco Bell introduced the Cantina concept, described as an urban-style Taco Bell, in Chicago in 2015. Since then, Fisher said more than 60 have opened around the country, typically in cities with high pedestrian activity.

The restaurants feature a similar menu to the traditional fast-food Mexican eatery, but with a slightly different presentation, said Fischer. The interior will have a "cantina feel" with an open kitchen, longer tables and large-screen TVs.

"It's going to be more of a place where you can go and hang out and enjoy Taco Bell food and alcohol," he said. "It's a very limited concept. We're very excited Taco Bell has chosen us to do it."

Initially, the restaurant, which faces the New Haven Green, will serve beer, wine and three signature frozen cocktails, but will introduce new bar selections based on consumer requests, Fischer said.

He said the hours are to be determined, but most Cantinas serve food as late as 4 a.m.

Cantina Hospitality owns 67 Taco Bells and 50 Applebee's restaurants in the Northeast and Midwest.

Farmington-based Sullivan Hayes represented Cantina in the transaction, while The Proto Group of North Haven represented the landlord, 954 Chapel Navcapman LLC.

Psychiatric practice inks Cheshire lease

A psychiatric therapy practice has signed a multi-year lease for a suite at 403-412 Highland Ave. in the Cheshire Industrial Park, brokers said.

Renee Alberino, licensed marriage and family therapist, and Mary Ginnetti, licensed social worker, work with individuals, couples, families and groups, according to tenants' broker Pearce Real Estate of North Haven..

Reno Properties of Newington represented the landlord, Cheshire Professional Park LLC.

Interior designer signs Old Saybrook lease

David M. Plante Interior Design has leased 1,225 square feet at 139 Mill Rock Road East, in Old Saybrook Business Park, brokers said.

Owner David Plante will use the space for his office and to store antiques and other design items available for purchase by his clients, according to The Geenty Group of Branford, which brokered the transaction.

Reach Natalie Missakian at news@newhavenbiz.com

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