Terreno, the restaurant at the Goodwin Hotel in downtown Hartford, reopened to the public Nov. 2 for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic closed restaurants across the state on March 16, 2020.
This March 2020 closure came just a month after Terreno opened as an Italian restaurant. Before that it was called Porrón and served Spanish food.
Terreno’s adjoining bar, Piña, reopened in April and has since been serving bar bites, small plates and Terreno’s signature “pizzettes” from a mini version of the Terreno menu.
Owner Tyler Anderson said Terreno was able to hold its reopening for a long time compared to other restaurants because its location at one of the city’s best-known hotels offered favorable revenue streams.
“We were able to put things in place. We organize all meals and events at the hotel. We did the room service series, the mystery indoor theater. We did the Titanic meals,” during which diners, in their rooms, received the last meal served on the Titanic, Anderson said.
“The restaurant was never completely idle,” he said.
Keep up to date with news from the Connecticut food scene, delicious recipes, and restaurant and bar reviews
The Goodwin Hotel and Terreno also benefited at the end of 2020 when Toronto FC, a Major League Soccer team from Canada, was blocked in the United States due to border protocols. The team began playing games at Pratt & Whitney Stadium, and athletes and staff took up residence at the Goodwin, occupying about half of its rooms.
Other professional sports teams have stopped by the 1 Haynes St. hotel, which has kept Chef Alejandro Leiva’s kitchen busy.
“Then we were able to put the bar back in place and finally open the restaurant to the public,” he said. “We’ve followed Hartford’s lead with people coming back to work. There was no point in fully opening in Hartford if people weren’t going back to work.
The reopening phases are not over, Anderson said.
“People always ask me about breakfast, when do the donuts come back. Bar Piña had a popular donut and coffee during the day. Not sure when the breakfast element will return. I want to see the restaurant that we currently have occupied first,” he said.
Terreno is open 5-9pm Tuesday-Thursday and 5-10pm Friday and Saturday, with Piña open until closing those nights. His entrees range from $12 for a butternut squash agnolotti to $50 for a filet mignon or New York striploin. Other entrees include gnocchi with vodka, rigatoni Genovese, langoustines with prawns, roast chicken, swordfish piccata and cioppino. Appetizers, $8 to $30, include pumpkin soup, duck legs, oysters, empanadas and charcuterie boards. terrenorestaurant.com.
Susan Dunne can be contacted at [email protected].