Michone Arrington, left, and Donte Jones, owners of The Art of Yum, a new restaurant under renovation in the former Steve

The Art of Yum opening in Southington

The Art of Yum opening in Southington

The Art of Yum opening in Southington

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SOUTHINGTON — A new dining option is coming to Plantsville as The Art of Yum plans to open in town next month.

The Art of Yum serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and will open its Plantsville location at 1091 South Main St., the former site of Steve’s Restaurant.

Michone Arrington, founder and manager of The Art of Yum, was formerly a chef at ESPN. Arrington opened the Waterbury location on Grand Street along with partners and fellow chefs James Thompson and Donte Jones. 

Jones said the Waterbury location, which opened in March 2018, has been doing well despite the challenges the pandemic presents.

“We’ve been able to adapt through struggling times,” Jones said. “We’ve been able to capitalize on takeout and people still come in to eat. We are at a 50 percent capacity.”

Jones said the location has done well with takeout after foot traffic has diminished since the pandemic. The new restaurant is scheduled to open in the middle of February. 

“We are doing well and we are venturing out into Plantsville and it’s closer to where we worked at ESPN,” Jones said. “We will have more parking than our Waterbury location and we will be able to bring more revenue in and create more jobs. Times are hard for people. We want to spread the love with our amazing food.”

The restaurant has a vegan menu and tries to source as much as possible from local producers. One of the restaurant’s breakfast specialties is a panko-encrusted omelet rolled up with toppings inside and has been a hit at the Grand Street location in Waterbury. Other breakfast specialties include: Shrimp and Grits, Benedict and TAOY and BKT Tacos. The menu also includes traditional breakfast foods like omelets, pancakes, French toast and waffles to name a few. Also with several sides.

Lunch features pastas, salads, soups and sandwiches on a hard roll, tacos, burgers, wraps and paninis. The dinner menu includes eight entrees, a variety of salads and mac and cheeses, tacos, burgers and rice bowls.

“We specialize in modern American food. A lot of our dishes are Latin and Asian inspired. We also make a healthy meal and provide family dining,” Jones said. “For folks in Southington, we are a modernized breakfast joint with fun new items. The family can come enjoy themselves. But we also have lunch and dinner. Our menu is diverse and we will be able to satisfy everyone.”

The restaurant delivers with UberEats and GrubHub. The menu also has a Chef Daily Special. The restaurant also offers catering and a food truck for a mobile dining experience.

The previous owners of the property were Steve and Mona Menard. They owned Steve’s Restaurant since 1978, but the pandemic forced it to close.

“We did well in the summer with the outdoor dining, but once the cold weather set in and cut back our seating capacity, that changed things,” Steve Menard said. “At this stage in our lives, rather than keep fighting this battle, we’ll move on.”

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