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Posted on: April 23, 2018

Stewart’s opens state’s first All American Grill on Sawmill Rd.

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WEST HAVEN, April 23, 2018 — Mayor Nancy R. Rossi cuts the ribbon Monday, April 23, with Stewart’s All American President Jim LaGanke, third from right, to celebrate the ceremonial opening of Stewart’s All American Grill at 340 Sawmill Road.

Joining them are, from front left, Ben LeFebvre, Stewart’s manager of technological operations; property owner Lorraine Tartaglia of Tartaglia Commercial Properties; state Rep. Charles J. Ferraro, R-West Haven; city Planning and Development Commissioner Fred A. Messore; property owner Isabel Tartaglia of Tartaglia Commercial Properties; Bill Rose, Stewart’s director of business development; Councilwoman Tracy A. Morrissey, D-8; and Gerry Pelissier, Stewart’s vice president of franchise development and marketing.

The ribbon-cutting was also attended by state Rep. Dorinda Borer, D-West Haven, and City Council Minority Leader Richard DePalma, R-at large.

The new restaurant — Stewart’s first full-service eatery in Connecticut — officially opened its doors Friday, April 20, in the former site of Friendly’s restaurant and, more recently, A-1 Diner.

The freshly renovated, 4,300-square-foot building features a decor and theme from a bygone era, including black-and-white photos of old Savin Rock amusement park that were donated by city resident Dan Shine, a notable historian and photographer.

The company’s flagship restaurant, which also doubles as its national franchise training center, offers breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Stewart’s founder Frank Stewart opened his first namesake restaurant in Mansfield, Ohio, in 1924.

Now a popular restaurant chain with dozens of locations primarily in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, the company, based in Rutherford, N.J., is known for serving up old-fashioned milkshakes and ice-cream sodas, such as its signature root beer floats, along with scrumptious burgers, hot dogs and fries.

The West Haven location, just off Exit 42 of Interstate 95, is next to a newer plaza of businesses on the former site of American Steakhouse that include a Starbucks, an Aspen Dental and a Chipotle Mexican Grill.

The plaza, at 354 Sawmill Road, is also owned by Tartaglia Commercial Properties, a company owned by the Tartaglia family, which had owned the steakhouse.

(City Photo/Michael P. Walsh)

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