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Where It All Began
Jim opened his dream restaurant, The Fireplace, in September of 2001, with the idea that rustic, simple New England cooking could be taken upscale without losing its integrity.
To my Fireplace family:
At long last and after 16 excitement-filled years (and when I say excitement-filled, I think we can agree that I’m not exaggerating!), I have decided to close the restaurant.
Like Hollywood marriages, restaurants generally don’t last that long, and I’m honored that this one has. I am so grateful to all of you who have made The Fireplace your home-away-from-home, met blind dates at our bar, invited me to be part of your charity galas, shared burgers with your kids on our patio, and spent the holidays with us.
Over the years I’ve had offers and interest, and come close before (as many of you know) but the timing hasn’t been right until now.
Everything I do I want to do with gusto, and for the moment that’s taking on the project of getting healthy, alongside my beloved family (as I write this, I’m scheduled for surgery and walking around with a cane). Fortunately for me and my love of New England, I also get to be part of something I love in the Hartford Yard Goats, and I hope to see some of you at the ballpark in the years ahead.
I have always been a true foodie, a devotee of all things local, and hopefully a friend to farmers. But I think my favorite parts of this business have been the opportunity to celebrate American history, to help my community, and to call all of you my friends.
P.S. Our last day is likely August 31st. Until then, I hope to see you at the table next to me; let’s enjoy this last month together.
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