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Organic food, family-friendly atmosphere at Prime Pub in Bethel

January 19, 2017 GMT

BETHEL — Simi Polozani does not compromise when it comes to the ingredients at his new restaurant, Prime Pub in Bethel.

Somewhat by accident, Polozani had the opportunity last year to compare and contrast regular and organic chicken breast. “I won’t have that meat back in my home or restaurant again,” he said of regular meats.

Polozani was cooking a meal at home for his family and realized he needed more chicken. He headed to the nearest grocery store and the only chicken breasts offered were organic.

Back at home he had to cut the meat for the recipe. The regular and organic chicken breasts were side by side on the cutting board.

“The regular meat was tough to cut through. I cut through the organic like butter,” Polozani said. “You can’t go back once you try it, even though it’s more expensive.”

Prime Pub opened last month in the Mountain Laurel Plaza at 68 Stony Hill Road in the space formerly occupied by Tuscany restaurant. Prime Pub offers grass-fed, cage-free and hormone-free meats, as well as wild-caught fish. Polozani will also get his produce from local, organic farms during the growing season, he said.

Prices on the menu range from $5 to $19.75, with some specials going up to $25.

“The Prime Kobe Patty Melt, that’s my favorite,” Polozani said. “I have a great chef and great staff.”

Prime Pub employs 12 people, including chef Rich Curry, who has 40 years of experience in the kitchen.

The bar at Prime Pub has a wide selection of beer, wine and martinis. Restaurant manager and bartender Alicia Minner orders the beers and specializes in offering beers to pair with food selections. She formerly worked with Market Place Kitchen and Bar.

“I want to work with local breweries. I can get some limited kegs through my connections,” Minner said. “We have 10 beers on tap with a good mix that is always changing. We also have 22 bottles.”

Prime Pub in Bethel is the first of what is planned to become a regional brand. Polozani is currently working on restoring the closed Bluu Restaurant and Lounge on Nabby Road in Danbury. He hopes to open that as the second Prime Pub this summer. Another location in Watertown is also in the works.

Polozani is a restaurant designer and builder and will oversee the construction of each of his new restaurants. Prime Pub in Bethel, he said, has a warm and inviting atmosphere with wood as the primary material and antique fixtures throughout. The dining room also features a fireplace. It has seating for 90 people, with an additional 38 seats on the seasonal patio.

“I’m a builder and I just love doing it. It’s my passion,” he said. “I like to make people happy and I love when they give me a thumbs up. It’s very important.”

The décor has resonated with customers. “It has a beautiful interior. You can definitely tell there was great attention to every detail,” Jennifer Porcu Zinzi, a recent customer, said. “Don’t let the name Prime Pub fool you. This is not your typical pub food and is very family-friendly.”

Polozani said he has heard similar comments from other patrons and Prime Pub has already earned several regular customers.

“The Bethel community has been very supportive,” he said. “Some people come three or four times a week. Some people even more. The restaurant business is not easy. It’s the food that is important. The décor has to be inviting, but the food needs to be good.”

Prime Pub is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, closing at midnight. It may be reached at 203-826-7808.

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