by Steven Scarpa, Record-Journal staff
MERIDEN — The third floor of 21-23 Colony St., a former office space just above Fischer's Fine Foods, is nothing but an open space — blank white walls, large open windows and unfinished hardwood floors, at least for now. But when businesswoman Floresia Allen takes you on a tour of the place, it is an exercise in imagination.
She asks you to see tables of seafood, hors d'oeuvres and desserts straight ahead as you walk into the room. To the immediate right, just around the corner, is a long oak bar. To the left, silhouetted against the bank of windows above the railroad tracks, will be a set of jazz musicians, playing to a group of people dancing on the floor right in front of them. Opposite them, a group of businesspeople will relax in comfortable couches overlooking the increasingly trafficked Colony Street. - complete article
JK comment: Jazz is a very tough business to sustain, but it can be done. The old 880 Club on Maple Avenue in Hartford lasted quite a few years because it cultivated a devout following and had ties to college jazz programs. Szechuan Tokyo, corner of South Main/New Britain Avenue in West Hartford, seems to be presently flourishing. Let us hope for the best; actually, hope isn't enough, we must patronize.