Carmen Anthony Closes Restaurants In New Haven, Waterbury

In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, owner Carmen Anthony Vacalebre confirmed that he has listed his New Haven and Waterbury restaurants for sale. "I am deeply saddened by the fact that I had to close these two restaurants and feel deeply sorry for my approximately 70 employees that have lost their jobs in these two restaurants," he said. The Woodbury location will remain open, saving approximately 40 jobs.

"For the last 2 years, I have had to struggle through 'the perfect storm' to keep my businesses open," he said, noting the Chase Avenue road construction in front of the Waterbury restaurant and the cold and snowy winter months of 2015. "I had to close my businesses for 4 1/2 days during these storms and the additional snow removal costs added to my financial burden. We have worked very hard to keep our doors open; I have hung on as long as I can.  Now is the time to stop the hemorrhaging of the financial losses."

Vacalebre says he will focus all of his energies on the Woodbury fishhouse. "We are revamping our menu to include many of the steakhouse menu item favorites.  I will personally be overseeing the day to day operations of the Carmen Anthony Fishhouse of Woodbury and look forward to serving our loyal customers and meeting our new guests."

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