Finding a Permanent Fix at the Route 10 Tavern

The restaurant appears to be in a prime location but has seen continued turnover since Ponderosa Steakhouse left. What is the business you believe could find a home there?

Let's call this a modern spin on community planning - Patch's version of a charette, a digital drawing board where all ideas are on the table.

Each week we'll present a new vacant building and ask you to tell us what you think would be the best use. Forget what zone it's in, ignore setback regulations, dump lot coverage rules and all the other zoning jargon that puts people most to sleep. If you had your way, what would you like to see there? What would be the best use for the community?

Located on the busy Route 10 corridor known as Queen Street, just 1/4 mile from the on and off ramps to Interstate 84, there lies a former (and future?) restaurant building that appears to be in the perfect location.

Yet the building has had trouble filling up and clients have come and gone quicker than the chicken wings at happy hour.

We are talking about the site of the former Ponderosa Steakhouse, and Route 10 Tavern at 264 Queen St. For a location that has had several good reviews and lies directly across from plaza, there is still a lot of potential despite the recent lack of success.

Today we are asking a question in two parts - the first, what has gone wrong at the former restaurant?

The second, and more appropriate question at this point, what business or type of business can reverse the trend? Your thoughts could make a difference, so share your input now!

Jeff F March 29, 2012 at 10:41 AM
Well, I'll tell ya, Jason, this really disturbs me. Why? Because there is no available space on Queen Street. You lie of this building. Next thing you know, you'll be saying the old Bernies Building is empty! Sheesh! You know as well as I that we need to open up West Street to more commercial business. Move this building there where it will prosper, and open up Queen Street to more business. This propaganda you're posting is very, very suspect and you need some re-education into party-think. Consequently, by order of King Edward Pocock III, grand ruler of Republimania and future heir to the throne of the first Earn of Markley, I am appointing Squire Arthur of Cyr to skill you in the arts of baloney hurling. By order, Ipso-fasto, E-Pluribus Onion.
Bridget March 29, 2012 at 11:16 AM
I think the problem is you can't get in and out of the restaurant easily (just like the Car Wash or the Tire place). There's a lot of restaurants on Queen Street and I hear there is more coming, so maybe a store would be better, maybe Pier1 or Burlington Coat actory, Old Navy... or even a BOB'S, Sports Authority... mmm..just thoughts... If anything they should re-construct that part of Queen Street before anything else though because without any good way in or out no one will frequent the business.
Bridget March 29, 2012 at 11:20 AM
And for Jeff, there's PLENTY of space on Queen Street...plenty! And one open building space inparticular they are wasting on a 7-11 !!! West Street is already going to be widened and I believe they have plans for another hotel there, not sure what else. I think though West Street, if it gets big enough, will invade homeowners property and maybe we should just concentrate on building up Queen Street. You know though West Street near Lake Compounce, Kizyl's, there's lots of land there, always room to build there...
WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot March 29, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Why don't they put a bar or a night club in there to go with all the new package stores that are opening up on Queen St.
Tony M March 29, 2012 at 06:42 PM
How about a retail store that sells products that are made ONLY in the United States. This will put people to work and give us better quality items. If this is not a feasible idea, then why not another Supermarket ? LOL
Tony M March 29, 2012 at 06:46 PM
I agree with you about the 7-11. With all the pizza houses, why not one more . . . Papa John's.
cindi pelletier March 29, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Why not a red lobster restaurant? We could use one in this area. It would bring a lot of people to our area to shop as well as eat seafood.
Tony M March 29, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Great Idea! As long as the lobsters and the rest of the seafood come from USA waters.
hgjrealtor March 31, 2012 at 11:49 AM
Chick-fil-a, Steak-n-Shake or Cracker Barrel? Either way the entrance needs adjusting for anything there to have success.
Marc Bramhall March 31, 2012 at 08:04 PM
I heard Cracker Barrel is going in where the Target/Lowes Complex is off of West Street.
Tony M April 05, 2012 at 08:18 PM
I have sent an E-mail to the corporation headquarters of several restaurants one being "Red Lobster". I did point out the location was on a well traveled state highway and the nearest "Red Lobster" was several miles away. I am waiting for a response.
Todd Z April 19, 2012 at 11:24 AM
not coming, southington won't allow the signage cracker barrel requested when looking at that space


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