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New Spanish eatery to debut at Goodwin Hotel this spring

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2/8/2018
HBJ PHOTO | Keith Griffin
HBJ PHOTO | Keith Griffin
The Goodwin Hotel will soon be home to a new Spanish restaurant, Porron & Pina.
Chef Tyler Anderson and partners are opening a new restaurant featuring Spanish fare at the Goodwin Hotel in the Capital City on April 17.

Slated to debut on tax day, Porron & Pina will replace the Harlan Brasserie, which closed in November, and employ up to 65 people, Anderson said.

"It's exciting to have the opportunity to come to downtown Hartford and we look forward to being in the state's capital," Anderson said Thursday.

The Spanish style wine bar will feature small plates like tapas and a cocktail bar -- "a throwback to Old Hartford, an old school rustle-up to the bar with classic cocktails," he said.

Head chef is Chris Bateman.

"I've traveled a lot to Spain and love it there," Anderson said, describing the inspiration. His intention in differentiating his menu, he added, is to avoid competing directly with nearby Max Downtown.

"The last thing I wanted to do was compete with them," Anderson said. "I wanted to come up with a concept that would be different than what they do."

Anderson declined to comment on the cost of the project, for which estimates are still evolving, but noted the new restaurant "will look nothing like" the brasserie.

Besides Anderson's business partner, A.J. Aurrichio, Goodwin Hotel owners Charles Mallory and Randy Salvatore are partners in the project, Anderson said.

Anderson's other restaurants include Millwright's Restaurant & Tavern in Simsbury, which opened in 2012, and the Cook & The Bear in Blue Back Square in West Hartford, which opened eight months ago.