Chip’s shuts Wethersfield, Southington restaurants, leaving only Orange and Fairfield – Hartford Courant

Five months after the death of its popular owner, Chip’s Family Restaurant on Friday abruptly shut down its Wethersfield and Southington restaurants.

The chain, which previously closed locations in Southbury and Trumbull, will retain its Orange and Fairfield restaurants.

Chip’s, founded in 1966, was known for all-day breakfast. It started in Orange, but expanded after George Chatzopoulos bought it in 2003.

At one point it had six locations in central and western Connecticut, and built a reputation for philanthropy by hosting pancake breakfast fundraisers, Tip-a-Cop dinners and other charitable events.

On Friday, Dina Bajko – Chatzopoulos’ sister and the chain’s new owner – announced that the Wethersfield and Southington locations were closing that day.

“Closing our Southington and Wethersfield locations was a very difficult decision; however, this decision is absolutely consistent with my brother George’s much larger strategic vision for the Chip’s brand,” Bajko wrote.

“While we are going to miss our Southington and Wethersfield regulars, the Chip’s brand is refocusing on my brother George’s three founding principles: quality, service, and community. We have some tremendous plans for future expansion of our restaurants,” she wrote.

Bajko did not explain the timing of the announcement. Phones at the Wethersfield and Southington restaurants were not answered Saturday.

Numerous Facebook commenters lamented closings and noted that both locations seemed to have plenty of customers, even in recent months.

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