Restaurateur Chris Bruno owned and operated Chris’s American Restaurant from 1990 to 2010. Formerly known as Fiddler’s Restaurant in Brookfield, Connecticut, Bruno changed the name to Chris’s American Restaurant in 2003 as a nod to the restaurant’s American cuisine. A former chef, Bruno purchased the restaurant at the age of 24.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind when opening a new restaurant.
Do a little homework – It is advisable to conduct a little research regarding the area prior to establishing the restaurant. Knowing in advance whether or not customers in the area prefer fine dining or café-style food will help to determine what type of restaurant should be opened and what measures need to be taken in order to distinguish oneself from the competition.
Consider the location – In doing research, one should evaluate the location to ensure it is accessible to everyone. It is unlikely that a restaurant will be successful if people don’t know about it or are unable to get to it.
Select the right chef – In addition to investing in the guest experience, it is important to invest in the right chef. The chef and his or her culinary creations play an important role in what delights current customers, encourages them to return, and attracts new guests.
Brookfield chef Chris Bruno, formerly of Fiddler’s Restaurant and Chris's American Restaurant, knows a thing or two about running a successful upscale eatery. First, of course, is the food. Bruno’s specialty is “progressive” or “creative” American cuisine, which combines traditional local favorites with exotic flavors like wasabi, wild mushrooms, tuna carpaccio, and duck liver paté. Whatever the fare, the food must fit the tastes of the community. “There’s a higher level of sophistication among restaurant patrons here in the Northeast than in other parts of the country,” Bruno has said of his clientele.
Along with its food, a restaurant’s décor needs to stay fresh and interesting to keep up with modern sensibilities. When Bruno started renovating Chris's American Restaurant back in 2003, he knew he needed an exciting, cosmopolitan space to match his cuisine. “Customers today want to feel hip,” Bruno stated in a recent interview, “and savvy restaurateurs are appealing to an increasingly image-conscious culture.”
Chris's American Restaurant (Fiddler's Restaurant in Brookfield, CT) delivered progressive American food enlivened by international and domestic regional influences to customers throughout the Brookfield, Connecticut, area.