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Fast Food, New England Style

17_NewEnglandHandFilledSodaWant fast food in really cozy surroundings at a good price made in New England? It’s all here at The New England Emporium Eatery & Marketplace. That’s a mouthful of a name alright, but truly descriptive.

Some of the foods you can order here to eat are from family recipes, can you believe that? Such attention to details.

This beautifully appointed place opened up in Mid June in Middletown, Connecticut and is going gangbusters.

Owner, Michael Stone couldn’t be prouder about the place and gave me a complete tour from showing me the make-your-own salads, and sandwiches (someone does it for you from behind a counter) to candy from yesteryear to whiffle balls and bats. All made in New England. A good many of the items are made in the Nutmeg state, all under one roof.

Everything is fresh because the items are made in small batches, you don’t find that everywhere. Also, if you need a gift for a wedding or housewarming, a basket can be put together for you right away. You can shop for all the items right here, and have a cup of coffee while it’s being put together for you.

Stone went on many a shopping spree finding all sorts of antiques all over New England to put inside the emporium, from one hundred year old mill tables to a tree pulled out of the Connecticut River, all to make the place unique. He even came upon a copper-sided window from an old Macy’s department store.

The Emporium, which is 5,000 square feet, is housed in the enormous 75,000 square foot Shapiro’s turned Bunce’s department store. It’s on Main street right in the middle of Middletown. You can see what kind of hustle and bustle that took place in this building thru the years in a vintage three-panel poster that hangs in the interior hallway of the building. There are other vendors in the structure as well for your shopping pleasure.

From the outside of the building, you can still see tell-tale signs of Bunce’s. The building continues to be home to The Middletown Press and there is a clock tower outside where time has stopped, literally, because it is no longer long working.

Currently the Emporium is open 7 days a week until 9 at night. After 5 p.m. you are welcome to bring your own bottle of wine. Oh, and there is a bit of a stage inside too where musicians play from time to time. This is a place that you’ll return to over and over.

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One Comment

  1. Kathy Andrews
    Posted July 7, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

    This sounds like the place…the next time we say “where should we go?” I love the whole New England and homemade food concept. You are finding all the great places, Ann!