Chat­ter­ley’s Restau­rant closes after 28 years

Owner run­ning for Tor­ring­ton City Clerk

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - FRONT PAGE - By Ben Lam­bert wlam­bert@reg­is­ter­ci­t­i­zen.com @WLam­bertRC on Twit­ter

NEWHARTFORD » A stal­wart restau­rant in the heart of New Hart­ford will close for good this Sun­day, while its owner, Paul Samle, pur­sues his bid for Tor­ring­ton City Clerk in Novem­ber’s elec­tions.

Samele said Fri­day that he had de­cided to close the restau­rant to fo­cus on his bid for City Clerk, and will con­tinue his cater­ing busi­ness in the ban­quet hall at Chat­ter­ley’s. The restau­rant will have a new owner.

“I felt that now was the time,” said Samele.

Samele opened the restau­rant in New Hart­ford nearly 28 years

ago. It was his sec­ond, fol­low­ing his suc­cess­ful Tor­ring­ton venue, P. Sam’s on Wa­ter Street.

He said his un­cle was in the restau­rant busi­ness, and he was around it when he was young. The first place worked out well, and there was po­ten­tial in the space at 2 Bridge St., in a build­ing that dates back to the 1800s.

He and his fa­ther started the restau­rant, he said, and

it was named after “Lady Chat­ter­ley’s Lover,” he said, the novel by D.H. Lawrence — a nod to the age of the build­ing.

It will be bit­ter­sweet to leave the restau­rant be­hind, he said. Chat­ter­ley’s has been a des­ti­na­tion for people in New Hart­ford as well as Tor­ring­ton and other lo­cal towns, who ex­pressed fond feel­ings for it, and he had built re­la­tion­ships with staffers and pa­trons over the years. In fact, when a fundraiser or cel­e­bra­tion is an­nounced lo­cally, it has of­ten been held at Chat­ter­ley’s.

But given his goals, Samele said it was the right thing to do at this point — be­cause the restau­rant is a seven-days-a-week busi­ness.

“It’s been a priv­i­lege to own the restau­rant for so many years, to em­ploy so many people, and to wel­come so many mem­bers of the com­mu­nity,” Samele said.

The space will soon call an­other restau­rant home, Samele said Fri­day. It has been sold to a NewHartford res­i­dent and chef who plans to open up his own eatery in the spot.

Samele, a for­mer mem­ber of the City Coun­cil, is run­ning for City Clerk on the Demo­cratic ticket.

Carol An­der­son is the Repub­li­can can­di­date, while, ac­cord­ing to the Repub­li­can-Amer­i­can, Drake Wal­dron is run­ning as a pe­ti­tioner.

“It is a dis­tinct honor to run for Tor­ring­ton City Clerk,” said Samele in a re­lease. “I am ea­ger to ap­ply my skills and ex­pe­ri­ence in both busi­ness and city gov­ern­ment, and to recom­mit my­self to the com­mu­nity where I grew up, raised a fam­ily, and built a life.”

BEN LAM­BERT / HEARST CON­NECTI­CUT MEDIA

Chat­ter­ley’s Restau­rant in New Hart­ford will close for good this week­end, now that owner Paul Samele fo­cuses his en­ergy on a run for City Clerk in Tor­ring­ton.

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