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December 8, 2021

Millwright’s named 'Restaurant of the Year' by CT Restaurant Association

HBJ Photo | Bill Morgan Chef Tyler Anderson in the kitchen of Millwright's in Simsbury.

Millwright’s in Simsbury snagged the top honor at the Connecticut Restaurant Association’s annual awards gala on Monday, winning the title of “Restaurant of the Year.”

The restaurant and tavern, housed in a historic mill building overlooking Hop Brook, has been singled out from praise, including from the likes of The New York Times, since its opening, and its profile rose even further over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, as chef and owner Tyler Anderson embraced upscale outdoor dining structures and experimented with other methods to keep customers coming in. 

Earlier this year, Anderson said he was moving forward with plans to buy a farm to provide produce for Millwright’s, as well as host outdoor events.

The restaurant association also recognized regional “Restaurants of the Year,” with Viron Rondo Osteria of Cheshire winning the state’s southern region, the Oyster Club in Mystic coming in at No. 1 for the eastern region and Litchfield-based At The Corner carrying the western region. Millwright’s won the northern region.

Emily Mingrone, from Tavern on State in New Haven, won the “Chef of the Year” award. Mingrone is the first woman to receive the honor, association officials said.

Other finalists in that category included Michone Denae Arrington of The Art of Yum in Southington and Waterbury; Ashley Flagg of Millwright’s; Joel Gargano of Grano Arso in Chester; and Manuel Romero of Olea in New Haven.

The “Restaurant Newcomer” award went to The Charles of Wethersfield and Marcia Selden Catering & Events of Stamford won “Caterer of the Year.”

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