Chip’s Family Restaurant closes Southington location



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SOUTHINGTON — Chip’s Family Restaurant closed its Southington and Wethersfield locations on Friday. 

The Southington location opened in 2017 on Executive Boulevard with the expansion of a new plaza that included Home Goods. In a post on a business social media account announcing the closure, owner Dina Bajko said it was a “very difficult decision” to close the two locations. George Chatzopoulos previously owned the location but died recently. Bajko said closing the locations is “absolutely consistent” with Chatzopoulos’ larger, strategic vision for the brand. 

“While we are going to miss our Southington and Wethersfield regulars, the Chip’s brand is refocusing on my brother George’s three founding principles: quality, service, and community.” Bajko said in the statement. “We have some tremendous plans for future expansion of our restaurants and, in the meantime, hope everyone will come visit us at our Orange and Fairfield locations.”

The location at 99 Executive Blvd., just off West Street and I-84, is a high-traffic site and shouldn’t take long to fill, Lou Perillo, the town's economic development coordinator, said Friday afternoon. He said site finders and commercial leasing agents would work to find a new client for the location, but if someone were to reach out to his office he would put them in touch with the leasing agent. Perillo said it is more than likely another regional business will fill the location. 

“You hate to see any business close...We feel for the business owners and all the employees and the relationship they’ve developed with the clientele,” Perillo said. “There is a strong job market in town, I’m sure the employees will have no problem finding work elsewhere in the community.”

Perillo noted Southington has a significant number of restaurants and even during the pandemic relatively few closed. He said it is a testament to the owners and how they were creative at transforming their businesses and a sign of how strong the market is. 

Reporter Lauren Sellew can be reached at lsellew@record-journal.com.



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