Katherine's Kitchen, ACE Hardware Close

Here are a few businesses that have opened or closed recently.

Small towns are made up of small businesses, and here in Newtown it's not always easy to stay afloat. In addition to last year's opened and closed businesses, here are a few others so far in 2012.


  • ACE Hardware. Employees at Caraluzzi's said the neighboring hardware store on Queen Street closed its doors sometime last week. There was no notice on the darkened store's entrance.
  • Katherine's Kitchen. This Sandy Hook deli recently closed and will reopen as another branch of Newtown Deli and Catering, which already has a location on South Main Street and runs the cafe at the Newtown Youth Academy.


  • Newtown Deli (see above).
  • McGuire's Ale House. This restaurant opened in late January. The location on Mt. Pleasant Road (the former home of Hot Shots) serves lunch and dinner and has a bar as well as a dining room.

Notice any other new businesses or closings? Let us know in the comments.

Alex Tytler February 22, 2012 at 11:46 AM
Ever study the Weimar Republic Sully? Best stock market of all times, didn't end well.
Alex Tytler February 22, 2012 at 11:53 AM
Try this Sully: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/us-debt-gdp-passes-101-global-debt-ponzi-enters-its-final-stages
rocketeer928 February 22, 2012 at 12:23 PM
The reason that the stock market keeps going up is because Obama's henchman Ben Bernanke and his cohorts in Europe have for years opened the spigot of continuous fiat money printing. The Obama legacy will be a few years from now when we are experiencing hyper-inflation that none of us have experienced before. This is why Germany has been so resistant to bailout Greece, though in the end they too tow the line.
Jackie zVon February 22, 2012 at 02:29 PM
For those of you doing the "happy dance" because Ace went out of business, shame on you. Newtown Hardware is great, and family-owned, and all those things. But, in a stronger economy, this town could have supported two hardware stores. And, speaking from experience, the owner of Ace Hardware is a great guy who was just trying to make a living, and took good care of his employees. He cares about this town, and gave back to it however he could. While two of my family members worked there, we still frequented and supported both stores. By the way, I do hate the location of Newtown Hardware. Sorry, but it was far more convenient when it was in-town.
Dawne Kornhaas February 22, 2012 at 03:04 PM
I don't believe anyone here is doing the happy dance over it. Some folks just preferred newtown Hardware over ACe and some folks preferrred ACE. Both stores have/had great customer service, but Newtown Hardware is difficult getting in and out of. I preferred ACE because I could purchase a toilet plunger and water filters and then proceed next door to Caraluzzi's for my food shopping. It is very sad to that they had to close so suddenly.
W. Thompson February 22, 2012 at 03:16 PM
The real issue here is still not Newtown Hardware vs ACE, but small, local stores vs big box brands. Both stores could have thrived without a Home Depot (two if you count the new Trumbull store on 111) and a Lowes' nearby. No question that prices at Lowes' and The Depot are lower than at Newtown Hardware. Service not even close. I think it took ACE coming in to get Newtown Hardware to change their hours and be more "open". Sorry to see ACE go if only because it's another closed up shop. What are they building by where the Fireside used to be? The stores down by Pub 25 aren't full - the Meat House location is vacant - who are these developers and where are they getting the funding for these new projects that seem destined for vacancy?
Dawne Kornhaas February 22, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Isn't ACE a franchise that is independently owned?
Aileen February 22, 2012 at 03:58 PM
It is owned by the same person who owned Hot Shots.
Kari Wright Rustici February 22, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Banks seem to have lots of money to invest in Retail Buildings but not Homes. Hmm I think you need the people to suppor the Retail Businesses!
Kari Wright Rustici February 22, 2012 at 05:38 PM
I couldn't have said it better. I feel sad that a business and people are out of work now. As far as Newtown Hardware, they are a great store but I to liked when they were in town as opposed to where they are now. THat being said I am also glad that they are now open on Sundays. Used to drive me crazy when I am home and needed to get something on the weekends to have to go to Danbury! Sorry to hear about Ace Hardware because he was local who happened to buy a Franchise just like Dunkin Donuts.
Helen Albert February 22, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Ace and TrueValue (Newtown Hardware) are franchise stores that can buy inventory cooperatively. This is sad news for the family that owned the store. Shame on the town board that allowed a hardware store to open up less than a mile from a trusted local business!
Pat February 22, 2012 at 10:19 PM
I am so sad Katherine's Kitchen closed. They had delicious food both in the deli and catered. Also the place was immaculate. If you didn't take the opportunity to visit, you missed a great opportunity. I am missing it as I write this. We should all support our local businesses more frequently when possible.
Mary Jaeger February 22, 2012 at 10:58 PM
That is strange that ACE closed their doors. Just last week I received an email for $5.00 off at the Newtown location.
Sam Mihailoff February 22, 2012 at 11:55 PM
Mary, at least it did not cost you anything...I purchased the "Patch Deal" for the Meat House...a week later the doors were locked and I was SOL
Richard Hooker February 23, 2012 at 01:30 AM
took good care of his employees? Then why pray tell, were employees not informed of it, and also got burned on their paychecks?
NewtownPatchster February 23, 2012 at 03:30 AM
Thompson brings up a good point. What's up with all the development? Meat house closes. Sweet mango is barely hanging on (btw their sushi and service is awesome). Webster moved out. What's going on here in town?
Celeste February 23, 2012 at 12:20 PM
I don't understand why Newtown won't let some larger chain retail chain stores in. I am tired of driving to surrounding towns to spend my money. Would it be so bad if we were set up something similar to Southbury. Would it be so bad if the town allowed drive thru's??? It's not worth taking my two little ones out of there carseats for a cup of coffee so I just run to the Starbucks in Bethel. I believe that some larger stores with some variety would bring in more business for some of our local stores.
Mitch Bolinsky February 23, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Ever since Ace opened I have been concerned for Newtown Hardware. If it is true that "the helpful hardware man(c) has closed, I have mixed feelings. While I hate to see a business fail, I am truly glad that Newtown Hardware prevailed in this competitive challenge. They won for all the reasons I shop there; great service, reliable advice and people who are dedicated to treating their customers like friends. Long live NHW!
Paul Mangiafico February 23, 2012 at 04:05 PM
NHW has been a mainstay for many years in Town and I for one am glad that it has prevailed. It truly does have grest customer service and a pretty good selection and pricing. But it really does need the support of all of us to survive. It cannot continue to flourish regardless of how good it is if we the people do not support it with our business - the large box stores and chains notwithstanding.
Andy February 23, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Sam: Same thing happened to me, I got a refund. From the Patch Deals FAQ: 17. What if a deal is discontinued? If a deal is discontinued (e.g., a business closes before you redeem your unexpired deal), please contact support@patch.com and we will refund you.
Christine Grabowski February 23, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Well said Celeste.
Daniel Patti February 23, 2012 at 05:54 PM
I feel bad for the owners. Both took a chance starting business' and they should be commended for their efforts and creating jobs. However I too questioned a member of the economic development team on whether two hardware stores could survive. I was afraid bringing a second hardware store would eventually force both to close. Obviously Ace didn't hit their projected sales but assume Ace took 30% of NH business. Losing that much business over time could have put NH out of busniness too. Moving forward SUPPORT Newtown Hardware, we need them in town!
Mandi Kowski February 23, 2012 at 07:21 PM
I moved to this town 10 years ago and fell in love with this small town feel. 10 years later I can't wait to get out of this narrow minded town. I feel bad for all of those employees that have lost their jobs in this awful economy. Competition is great for business, it forced "Tiffany's", aka...Newtown Hardware to lower prices and extend hours. Now that Ace is closed will they go back to higher prices and fewer hours?
rocketeer928 February 24, 2012 at 01:18 PM
It's the NIMBY attitude that is so prevalent in Newtown that prevents what you wish for. If the current owners of Ace Hardware can't re-open or sell to someone who will keep Ace there, then it would be nice to have a Friendly's or similar type restaurant there. My hope is that the space doesn't just remain vacant for years again.
Sydney Ohlin March 06, 2012 at 12:25 AM
Are you sure they really closed
brenda March 08, 2012 at 01:46 AM
how many banks can one town actually have.,..newtown needs to get out of the dark ages..i dont find anything extremely spectacular about newtown..as for the hometown feel,it lacks greatly..rents are too high..taxes too high...drugs rampet..no jobs..no public transport..alot of corruption..."we have read the stories"..and iam simply shocked how people behave around here..i have come across many rude people..so glad to not be there any more..the only thing newtown has thats interesting is the movie house..and for that stupid flag pole...well geez there are town folk who have lived here many years...that still dont get the traffic flow around that accident pole..
Dawgboy March 12, 2012 at 07:19 PM
I am not surprised that Catherine's Kitchen went out of business. There are many deli's in our area and they were by far the worst. I went one time and ordered a chicken cutlet sandwich - the piece of chicken was so small that one entire half did not have any on it! I remember saying that this place would never make it.
WaxyGordon March 12, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Newtown makes it as difficult as possible for a small business to operate.
Mabel March 16, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Why can't we find out what has really happened with Ace Hardware? They still have full inventory, which you can see when you look through the windows, the windows that still to this day don't even have a sign up about closing....temporarily or otherwise. That is just plain rude and inconsiderate of the 'management' and no way to encourage patronage at any ACE store. I for one went there many many times, hoping to redeem a couple of coupons and "Reward Points"..hmm thats some reward! They finally did have their phone disconnected, instead of the message that was on there for over 2 months saying that they were unable to take your call right now.....but just leave your phone number and they'll call back. Yeah, right....again..rude and inconsiderate......and a lie to boot!
Sam Mihailoff March 16, 2012 at 05:45 PM
my guess is that the inventory belongs to "ACE" and not the franchisee...legalities, etc. slow the removal of product. This is the way things go ...same thing occurred at the "Meat House"...doors locked, no immediate explanation. I suppose, if you make enough noise to the main “ACE” office...coupons may be transferred...How much time are you willing to spend on saving a buck?


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