Visions for Vacancy: Stone River Grille

The restaurant / bar in Sandy Hook closed in January. What would you like to see in its place?


Sadly, the Stone River Grille restaurant on Glen Road closed its doors in January. While owner Gary Seri still keeps shop at his other restaurant, Panino's in Monroe, this spot is currently open.

In the heart of Sandy Hook, featuring a lovely back patio with a river view and surrounded by great businesses like Demitasse, this is a great piece of real estate and surely the future home of some great restaurant or bar. (The spot has previously been the home of Red Brick Tavern and Chao Chao.) So what would you like to see open here in the future? Let us know in the comments!

Michael Cragin February 24, 2013 at 11:55 AM
............High end condos....2 or 3 units......gorgeous....old building.....river view etc...
Michael Cragin February 24, 2013 at 11:56 AM
homeward bound February 25, 2013 at 12:50 AM
Clare -- Just try it.
Clare February 25, 2013 at 04:36 AM
Considering all the negative comments my idea for a sophisticated, adult restaurant engenders, it's obvious that it's absolutely needed in this town. It's amazing that because that's what I suggested, I must be very old, hate kids and am intolerant of and unkind to children in restaurants. All of which is totally untrue and conjured up by fertile, slightly balmy minds. I'm just shaking my head at the bogus, nasty things people choose to conger up with no basis in fact.
Connor February 25, 2013 at 01:24 PM
or a small general store
Connor February 25, 2013 at 01:25 PM
Sounds like Clare needs an attitude adjustment.
homeward bound February 25, 2013 at 07:11 PM
These words of yours were seen as intolerant and unkind... "As a matter of fact, we've been to all of the above and never went back. When my husband and I go out to dinner, we don't want a table full of kids next to us yelling and spilling their sippy cups." I doubt anyone anywhere objects to adult oriented restaurants with more sophisticated menus. That being said, I've been to plenty of four star, sophisticated restaurants all of the country and there were always children eating with their parents. We were at one last month and neither of my kids spilled their drinks, but one of the adults sitting next to us did. Oops!
Connor February 25, 2013 at 07:55 PM
First you said; "...Conjured up by fertile, slightly balmy minds." Then you said; "...Nasty things people conjure up." Please give me break.
Connor February 25, 2013 at 07:56 PM
I second this.
bob February 25, 2013 at 09:44 PM
I think Clare has way to much time on her hands.
Bob Attanasio February 25, 2013 at 09:50 PM
I just want to know if by "adult restaurant" you sophisticated diners are talking code for "strippers." Perhaps that would do well on the corner, but I tend to doubt it.
Clare February 25, 2013 at 10:49 PM
Exactly, homeward bound. Did I say I hate kids in restaurants? NO. I do not appreciate out-of-control children in a restaurants and most of today's parents do not know how to control their children. What did I say that you don't understand? And why do I have to defend myself to you? I don't. Thanks. Bah-bye.
Clare February 25, 2013 at 10:50 PM
Sounds like Connor doesn't know my attitude and has not right to comment on it.
Clare February 25, 2013 at 11:25 PM
To alleviate the problem of sitting next to parents who don't know how to control their kids, we usually eat our dinner in the bar of restaurants. However, last time we were at the One Eyed Pig there was a 3 year old baby with her grandmother sitting UP AT THE BAR. Sweet and heartwarming.......also illegal.
Tommy February 25, 2013 at 11:29 PM
I thought the article was about what people thought would be a good idea for the space. Not about attacking people for their thoughts or ideas. Who cares whether someone wants an adult-only restaurant or bookstore? Why does it always have to turn into a negative attack on someone? Really??? With everything that happened in Sandy Hook, can't we just be a little civil and polite?
homeward bound February 26, 2013 at 12:00 AM
I was referring to Clare's idea..."We would love an adult atmosphere.....THAT'S what's missing in this town."
Panino's Pizza & Pasta February 26, 2013 at 12:03 AM
All I can say, his that i have been blessed to have so many kids in Sandyhook run around my restaurant.... memories i will chersish for ever...... thankyou!!! Sandyhook
homeward bound February 26, 2013 at 12:10 AM
Clare attacked the parents and children in this community. Her last comment is that "most of today's parents don't know how to control children." I'm calling out intolerance when I see it. Like it or not.
Connor February 26, 2013 at 12:45 AM
I'm just curious how often you eat out at restaurants where there are children running around, or even being loud. Rarely do I go to a restaurant in Newtown where there are kids misbehaving. Also, I do not understand what you mean by most of today's parents do not know how to control their children. If this is an issue for you, than perhaps rather than complaining about, do something about. By creating a restaurant with an adult-only atmosphere to resolve an issue when there isn't one in the first place, what have you accomplished? Look into WHY parents do not know how to control their children and figure HOW to fix it. I think you need to be more tolerant of children, it seems like. Also, you do have to defend yourself. Do not bring up a topic without expecting criticism, and then get angry and revert to silly insults when you are not able to back up your claim. Have a nice night Clare.
Clare February 26, 2013 at 01:04 AM
OMG......STRIPPERS!!! We were talking restaurants for goodness sake. Where are YOU coming from?
Clare February 26, 2013 at 02:23 PM
This is what my 85 year old uncle has to say: When I was a kid "family dining" was for all, including kids. You expected the beautiful noise of children, or not so... "Fine dining" was for adults who act like adults, and children who could act like adults should act. Parents must take kids out to teach them. They must be willing to take them to the car for a "time out" (never leave them alone).
dave February 26, 2013 at 03:17 PM
FWIW....I've heard the rent is over $8,000 a month!! There aren't enough people within a 20 mile radius to consume all of the food that would need to be cranked out of a kitchen there to sustain a restaurant business.
homeward bound February 26, 2013 at 03:28 PM
A 1 to 5 year old can't (and shouldn't be expected to) act like an adult any more than they can read War and Peace or do equations. That doesn't mean that they can't behave in restaurants, but spilling a drink is not misbehaving it's a coordination issue or sometimes just an accident like when adults spill their drinks. Kids aren't perfect just like adults. The restaurants you cited that you will not go to aren't fine dining, but family restaurants. In all of those restaurants they are understanding of children, make families and parents feel comfortable and do their best to make it an enjoyable experience for all. The comment from Panino's is thankfully the attitude I find from restaurant owners around the area. It's 2012, not 1950. Eating out is a normal part of most everyone's week for young and old alike. I waitressed for several years when I was putting myself through college. I never had one rude child, but I had several rude and even abusive adults. I wished that I could have sent them to time out. We will never agree on this, but I assure you that most parents do their best to have their kids behave in public, school, church or anywhere else. Newtown kids are some of the best in the country. The far majority graduate and become productive members of society. Look at the Patch and see all of the volunteer work being done by children in this town and surrounding ones. It's not as if you are sitting next to a future gang member or drug dealer.
Clare February 26, 2013 at 04:46 PM
homeward bound, hahahahah. You are funny!
Clare February 26, 2013 at 04:47 PM
homeward bound, hahahah. Funny again! I really appreciate your sense of humor.
Walt February 27, 2013 at 05:18 PM
I was at Figs this past Valentines day and there was a couple there with a small baby that wouldn't stop crying. The poor mom tried to calm him down while the dad sat there on his phone texting. Stay at home and get take out.
Sara February 28, 2013 at 03:54 PM
First, I believe it continues to be a great location for a restaurant with the beautiful deck and the parking is easy (big one to the right of the building). The proper owner of that restaurant is what Michael Porco Sr. needs. A person who has a history of success, a person who is motivated, a person who is interested in the success of that business. The last two restaurants that were in that location: Choa Choa drank all their profit away, which was clear every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night and Stone River was a joke: too many people on, bartenders slow, service slow, and the food was ok. Perhaps the two restaurant owners did not stay on top of their numbers, on top of what was going in and going out and perhaps their goals set too high, perhaps that is what led to them to no longer being able to maintain their restaurant. In this economy where everyone is trying to "make it", I wish the next restaurant owner luck, I wish Michael Porco Sr. consistency in this beautiful building. We can all help this location thrive by going when the next business goes in, hopefully a restaurant.... :) and if it is and their are kids that particular day or night you go and they are with their parents and are out of control....order another drink and drink it fast! :) Cheers and best of luck to the location and its new business and good luck to the property owner.
CoffeeFan February 28, 2013 at 05:18 PM
A great Mexican place would be ideal!
Lois Imbriano Barber March 02, 2013 at 04:17 AM
This sounds dreamy!
Clare March 02, 2013 at 03:20 PM
Wow, how come you didn't get jumped on Walt?


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