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Cheshire Restaurant Closes after Six Years

The town's only seafood restaurant closes suddenly.

YellowFins Seafood Grille closed suddenly this week after making Easter weekend its last days of operation.

The restaurant in Everybody's Plaza at 1027 S. Main St. opened almost exactly six years ago in March, 2006. Owner Thomas Bartlett of Cheshire couldn't be reached for comment. He formed YellowFins LLC in June, 2005, according to state records.

"They had a good following, especially on Friday nights," said Sheldon Dill, president of the Cheshire Chamber of Commerce. "In these economic times, it's tough for businesses, especially restaurants," he said.

There is no notice of the closing posted on the door and the business phone clicks off after ringing for a few minutes. Dill said the restaurant had as many as 20 employees. It's not known whether they were given advanced warning of the decision to close. 

As recently as last week, Yellowfins was still advertising its Happy Hour and Sunset specials as well as its Raw Bar offerings. 

An employee of a neighboring business said she heard on Tuesday that Yellowfins was closed for good. She said potential customers kept walking up to the door, only to find it locked and the restaurant in the dark.

The plaza is owned by the Morris family, which owns Everybody's market. A manager there said he was not aware that Yellowfins had closed.

Leslie Hutchison April 11, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Carol Ross wrote: "surprising..they seemed to be doing very well, great food"
Leslie Hutchison April 11, 2012 at 08:52 PM
Scott Toth wrote: "Remember to support the local businesses. This is a shame."
Leslie Hutchison April 11, 2012 at 08:56 PM
Nicole Mahan Murphy wrote: "My favorite place in Cheshire. So sad for Tom and Greg. Great guys. I will miss it.
Joey Jones April 11, 2012 at 09:59 PM
It's not as sudden as you think. Business owners in town have known of the issues facing other businesses for a while now. It sucks. Trust me, there's more "sudden" closings on the way. Everyone likes to see their favorite businesses as they drive by but unless you stop in and enjoy what they have to offer every now and then, you'll be driving by one day to see a "sudden" closed sign in the window.
Kathy April 12, 2012 at 10:52 AM
I agree with Joe. Cheshire needs to adopt a better support system for local businesses. I have been a business owner here & was gone after two years. Needless to say there was a major lack of support by Cheshire residents. It's very sad! Don't expect anything to last here if you don't support it.
Marty April 12, 2012 at 12:58 PM
It's not too surprising. The prices there were very high. And that is not a good location for that kind of restaurant -- it really needs a stand alone building. Wasn't there a restaurant there before this one that also closed?
Tara April 12, 2012 at 02:02 PM
That's a shame. I loved picking up dinner there on nights when I didn't feel like cooking. I hope another restaurant opens there soon.
Leslie Hutchison April 12, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Before it was YellowFins it was Callahan's Pub. Known for their St. Patrick's Day celebrations that started around the break of dawn each year!
Cathy Vellucci April 13, 2012 at 12:24 PM
It is too bad that they closed. The food was excellent but on the pricey side. Cheshire has little activity other than its sporting activities. Oh, and the gazillion pizza places.

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