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Opening at a location with a wealth in local restaurant history, Chris’s American Restaurant in Brookfield, Connecticut was locally renowned for its progressive American cuisine and atmosphere from 2003 until its later incarnation in 2010. During its operation under Chris Bruno, the restaurant established its own… Read More
Opening at a location with a wealth in local restaurant history, Chris’s American Restaurant in Brookfield, Connecticut was locally renowned for its progressive American cuisine and atmosphere from 2003 until its later incarnation in 2010. During its operation under Chris Bruno, the restaurant established its own name among the other noteworthy restaurants that preceded it on the property.

The dining history of the site began in the 1920s as a hot dog stand serving local Brookfield patrons. However, with the age of Prohibition, it flourished as Ed’s Cigar Box, one of the only speakeasies in the area. Subsequent to Prohibition, the site went through a variety of iterations over the decades. When Chris Bruno purchased the site in 1990, it was well-known as Fiddler’s Restaurant—an inviting, casual Irish pub. Mr. Bruno ultimately brought in a fresh new menu featuring progressive American cuisine, doubled the parking facilities, updated the restaurant’s décor to match the new menu, and Chris’s American Restaurant was born.

Chris Bruno, a veteran of restaurants throughout the Connecticut area, including L’Europe and Chuck’s Steak House, brought both culinary and business vision to his ownership of Chris’s American Restaurant. The establishment was a staple of the local dining scene for seven years. In 2010, he sold the establishment, which was renamed the 189 Sports Café and which continues to serve American-style fare while featuring a sports lounge theme.

For its seven-year existence under Chris Bruno, however, Chris’s American Restaurant made a memorable mark on a site already rich with dining history and ushered in a more progressive menu and ambiance that was a hallmark to its Brookfield, Connecticut-area patrons. Read Less
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