It is hard to imagine Waterbury's Hen of the Wood leaving the dazzling waterfalls of its mill setting for another location, until you hear that they are adding a new restaurant to their portfolio in the same space.
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Seven Days reports:
After more than a year of rumors, founder-owner Eric Warnstedt confirmed that Hen of the Wood in Waterbury will move about a half mile to brand-new digs in the same town. March 18 will be the restaurant’s final night of service in the atmospheric, historic grist mill at 92 Stowe Street, where it opened in October 2005.
Warnstedt, 47, said the team, led by chef Antonio Rentas and general manager Emmi Kern, will reopen Hen in a newly constructed 70-seat restaurant at 14 South Main Street in early April.
Once that transition is complete, Warnstedt wrote in an email to Seven Days, his team will focus on turning the Stowe Street location into a restaurant with “a more family-friendly concept/price point, but still with a very strong farm-to-table ethic,” to open later this spring.
The yet-to-be-named venue will become the fifth in Warnstedt’s restaurant group, which includes Hen of the Wood — Burlington, Doc Ponds in Stowe and Prohibition Pig in Waterbury.