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Old 01-16-2013, 02:53 PM
 
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Aside from perhaps not having physical space for them (since there aren't that many retail areas), why are there relatively few restaurants in Trumbull? Especially compared to surrounding towns like Monroe, Shelton, Fairfield, etc...

Town | Population (wikipedia) | # restaurants on TripAdvisor | people/restaurant
Trumbull | 36,108 | 28 | 1,289
Shelton | 39,559 | 41 | 964
Monroe | 19,479 | 27 | 721
Fairfield | 59,404 | 100 | 594
Orange | 13,956 | 50 | 279
Milford | 52,759 | 149 | 354

I know that the TripAdvisor/wikipedia #'s aren't close to 100% accurate, but you can still clearly see the relative lack of restaurants in Trumbull, especially as compared to population.

Any idea as to why?
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Old 01-16-2013, 02:59 PM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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Milford and Fairfield are regional destinations compared to their outlying, more rural towns. They are also much more built up and densely populated. Their history, locations on the coast and along 95 and train lines influenced how they were more developed.

Fairfield attracts Trumbull, Easton, Weston, Redding, etc. residents. Milford attracts Orange, Shelton, Stratford, Woodbridge, Bethany, etc. residents.

Even Orange has a lot more commercial area than Trumbull. Trumbull is just not built up. IMO if you're looking for a town with a lot of restaurants, you're looking for a different atmosphere than Trumbull provides (quiet, wooded).
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Old 01-16-2013, 03:05 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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It is probably due to a couple of factors. Trumbull does not have any large commercial strip of stores and shopping centers like some of the other towns do (Route 1 in Milford, Orange and Fairfield, Bridgeport Ave in Shelton, and Main Street and Monroe Turnpike in Monroe). It has a major regional mall but it is surrounded by residential neighborhoods (Milford's mall is surrounded by shopping centers). Trumbull also lacks a traditional downtown area and it is close to Bridgeport which has a lot of restaurants to choose from. It also may be partially due to the attitude of the area when it was developed. I remember growing up in Fairfield and there being relatively few restaurants back then. We would often go to Westport for better dining. That has since changed in Fairfield since they changed their zoning regs to better accomodate restaurants and their liquor permits. Not sure if that ever happened in Trumbull. Jay
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Old 01-16-2013, 05:27 PM
 
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The primary reason is that Trumbull's master plan encourages commercial to be at the borders of town. And, the borders are at capacity now...
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Old 01-16-2013, 05:43 PM
 
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My guess is because the entire town is obsessed with Marisa's.
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Old 01-16-2013, 05:46 PM
 
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My guess is because the entire town is obsessed with Marisa's.
No. They figured that place out awhile ago.

Which reminds me now...... If you're not sure if a restaurant in CT is good or not, just check to see if they're hosting Treehouse Comedy Club events. If they are............... then their food suc*s.
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Old 01-17-2013, 07:32 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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No. They figured that place out awhile ago.

Which reminds me now...... If you're not sure if a restaurant in CT is good or not, just check to see if they're hosting Treehouse Comedy Club events. If they are............... then their food suc*s.
Are those the shows like Joey & Maria's Comedy Wedding? The Chowder Pot in Hartford offers them and the restaurant part of their place has very good food. The part where they hold the shows and other events is just fair. Jay
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Old 01-17-2013, 12:16 PM
 
Location: Trumbull/Danbury
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The big reason is that trumbull has no distinguishable "downtown" area. You can make the case for both Trumbull center, and town hall as the main "downtown" (I'd go trumbull Center. More centrally located and more restaurants [O'Bar & ichiro's compared to Olde Towne]) but compared to places like Milford, Fairfield who have a distinguishable downtown area.
Also as people have said no "industrial/retail strip". Monroe has 25 which in turn churns out a lot of restaurants, Shelton has bridgeport Ave, Orange has route 1.
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Old 01-17-2013, 04:29 PM
 
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Are those the shows like Joey & Maria's Comedy Wedding? The Chowder Pot in Hartford offers them and the restaurant part of their place has very good food. The part where they hold the shows and other events is just fair. Jay
No. Treehouse is just improv/standup. Probably for the last 10 years, they've been holding their events at various (struggling)restaurants throughout FFC.
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Old 01-17-2013, 04:49 PM
 
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No. Treehouse is just improv/standup. Probably for the last 10 years, they've been holding their events at various (struggling)restaurants throughout FFC.
You're so right. Ted's in Danbury and whatever Harborside used to be. Ha.
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