WALLINGFORD — Ken’s Daily Grind is the newest venture by Ken Abbott, who first entered the restaurant business in 1991 when he opened Abbott and Cassello’s on Route 5 .
Located in the plaza at 20 Ives Road, the new restaurant has better visibility than Abbott and Cassello’s, Abbott said. Since 1991, Abbott twice sold Abbott and Casello’s. He bought the business back both times. After Abbott and Cassello’s sold to a Meriden couple in 2009, Abbott repurchased the business and opened DK Kitchen this summer. That restaurant has since closed. Abbott is now putting his energy into Ken’s Daily Grind, where he cooks and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.
“I enjoy making food that’s fresh and tasty,” Abbott said.
There is no microwave or freezer on the premises, Abbott said. The morning menu offers omelets and other typical breakfast foods. For lunch and dinner, Abbott offers salads, soups, sandwiches and burgers.
The location on Ives Road will provide increased parking, said Doreen DeSarro, business recruiter for the town’s Economic Development Department.
Abbott has a steady following in town, DeSarro said. “People like his food,” she said.
The restaurant will also serve alcohol. In past restaurant ventures, Abbott said, he was never able to serve alcohol. Craft beer is on tap at Ken’s Daily Grind.
There wasn’t much downtime between the closing of DK Kitchen and the opening of Abbott’s new restaurant. DK Kitchen closed Sept. 8, he said. The next day, Abbott began moving furniture and supplies to his new location. Ken’s Daily Grind is decorated with local art, which is also for sale. Not for sale are watercolor paintings on the wall painted by Abbott’s grandfather in the 1940s.