Friends to Follow

Stay Connected


image
Dave Zajac Record-Journal
Sharon Hite, manager of Ken’s Daily Grind, a new restaurant located in the plaza at 20 Ives Road in Wallingford, Tuesday, September 17, 2013. | (Dave Zajac / Record-Journal)

New Wallingford restaurant features known commodity


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.

aragali@record-journal.com (203) 317-2224 Twitter: @Andyragz



Back to WallingfordNews
Top Stories of the Week

Warrant: Wallingford man shaved head, had people drive him to …
WALLINGFORD — Tyler Tomer’s life changed dramatically in 2014 when he told his girlfriend he was diagnosed with brain cancer and only had six to … more ...

Meriden man pinned by two cars in crash upgraded to …
MERIDEN — City police arrested and charged a 32-year-old New Britain man Friday night with driving under the influence after a three-car crash that severed … more ...

Meriden woman dies in New Haven crash …
MERIDEN — A city woman died early Saturday morning when the car she was driving hit a tree on Chapel Street in New Haven. Naika … more ...

Pregnant woman taken to hospital after crash with Wallingford police …
WALLINGFORD — A pregnant woman was taken to the hospital following an accident on Route 68 Monday morning involving a police cruiser. A red station … more ...

Snow expected Monday a.m. …
Up to seven inches of snow could coat the area today, making for a messy morning commute. Meteorologist Gary Lessor, of the Weather Center at … more ...

Comments