Another ribbon cut, another New Haven restaurant added

Staff at C'Viche 181 on Orange Street in New Haven celebrating their Grand Opening (WTNH / Kent Pierce)
Staff at C'Viche 181 on Orange Street in New Haven celebrating their Grand Opening (WTNH / Kent Pierce)


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – If this story sounds familiar, it’s not your imagination. There was another ribbon cutting for another restaurant in downtown New Haven. This time, the cuisine takes you to Peru.

The latest ribbon cutting for a New Haven restaurant is C’Viche 181, a second Peruvian restaurant for owners Christian Bonilla and Mariella Ordonez.

“We are new in New Haven and we want to make sure that everyone comes and tries our food,” said Ordonez.

It’s just the latest in a series of new eateries. In September, Halal Guys opened a New Haven branch, and just last week, Donut Crazy expanded into the Elm City with its huge selection of specialty donuts.

“You know, we started doing the maple bacon and then the cannoli,” said Jason Wojnarowski of Donut Crazy. “We were going to switch them out every couple weeks, but they stuck and people were coming in and we had to keep them, so we expanded from a couple specialties to 16.”

There are so many choices these days, “Taste of New Haven” does weekend walking tours of restaurants.

“We really are trying to support local businesses,” explained Taste of New Haven’s Colin Caplan. “At the same time we’re trying to give people in Connecticut something really fun to do that’s different.”

All of these new restaurants are opening just in time for New Haven’s restaurant week. Through Friday, you can get affordable, fixed price lunches and dinners at more than two dozen restaurants. Restaurant week brings more than 30,000 diners to New Haven, which means more money and jobs, and an even better reputation for the city.

“We’ve been known as being one of the major foodie cities of America and so we’re really excited about our small business and restaurants that hire our New Haven residents,” said New Haven Mayor Toni Harp.

While C’Viche 181 is not technically part of restaurant week, it is offering a “customer appreciation week” with specials. If you’re not sure about coming to a restaurant right after its opening, don’t worry. Despite today’s ribbon cutting, C’Viche has actually been open for a few months already.

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