Hudson Social debuts on Stamford’s Bedford Street
STAMFORD — The Bedford Street evolution continues.
As one of the city’s main restaurant rows, the downtown thoroughfare has added several new restaurants in the past year. The management at the latest arrival, Hudson Social at 128 Bedford, report that the establishment has made a strong start since its opening last November in the same location as the former Hudson Grille.
“We’re building the clientele, and it’s been going really well,” co-manager Michael Slocum said this week at the restaurant.
Hudson Social succeeded Hudson Grille after the sale of the latter restaurant. The approximately 5,000-square-foot space then underwent a number of improvements, including the installation of new, larger booths in the dining room, a remodeled bar and a brick oven in the kitchen.
The menu focuses on small plates — including Brussels sprouts, fish tacos, grilled octopus, macaroni and cheese, sauteed shrimp and tuna tartare. Other offerings include pizzas, sandwiches, soups, salads and large plates such as clam linguine and seared salmon.
“People can eat and be on the go,” said Executive Chef Vincent Rennie, who belongs to a team of 20 who work at the restaurant. “No one really sits down for an hour-and-a-half anymore. It’s more like a 30-to-40-minute situation… And you can taste four or five things at one time. I think that really broadens the spectrum of what people see on the menu.”
The restaurant seats about 160 inside, with plans to add 20 to 25 seats on its street patio during the outdoor dining season.
“The feel on the street, with people walking, everywhere is great,” co-manager Miguel Sanchez said.
Private parties, including corporate functions, make up a large share of the restaurant’s business.
Among other culinary arrivals in the past year on the street, Roasted Sandwich Co., opened last February at 148 Bedford and Bedford Hall Craft Kitchen and Bar debuted last May at 135 Bedford.
“Bedford Street is a unique place in our city,” Sandy Goldstein, president of the Stamford Downtown economic and community development agency, said in a recent interview. “It’s a fabulous scale. You don’t have skyscrapers. You have four-five story buildings and buildings on the historic register. It makes it very conducive to sitting out and dining.”
A few blocks away, the restaurant corridor around Columbus Park and on Summer Street has seen a number of changes in the past year. Recent arrivals there include Adyar Ananda Bhavan, at 1033 Washington Blvd., and La Perle , at 15 Bank St.
“With the dynamic on the street, we’re all different,” Sanchez said. “That’s the beauty of it.”
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