The Anchor bar will reopen in the fall at the same location in New Haven after a Yale University Alum was hired as the new restaurant owner.
Karl Franz Williams signed a lease agreement with Yale University Properties for the former The Anchor restaurant space at 272 College St. after the bar closed abruptly seven months ago.
The new Anchor bar will maintain its old name as well as the historic architecture of the previous restaurant.
Williams currently runs a successful business in Harlem, NY called 67 Orange Street. This classic cocktail bar takes the name of the address of one the first successful black-owned bars in New York City.
Williams said he is thrilled to be a part of the city of New Haven.
“We look forward to paying tribute to the great history of this nostalgic location while bringing a new world vibe to the food and beverage presentation. As a Yale graduate, it is extremely exciting for me to re-invigorate this concept for New Haven,” Williams said in a statement on Thursday.
The new Anchor is said to offer simple yet classic menu items including healthy salads, small dishes, and sandwiches along with a unique twist on things. Williams said he plans to have the restaurant open seven days a week.
Original owner, Charlie Moore said in a statement on Thursday he was “delighted that the legacy of the Anchor will continue to be a part of the award winning New Haven restaurant scene.”
Yale Universities Properties mission has always been to improve the quality of life by providing a variety diverse restaurants and stores. Yale University Properties worked hard with the community to find who would best compliment this mission through the operation of the new Anchor.
"We wanted to be sensitive to the history of the Anchor, while inviting a new and exciting concept for the space," Lauren Zucker, who is the Yale University Associate Vice President for New Haven Affairs and University Properties, said in a statement on Thursday.
After over six years in business, 67 Orange Street received strong reviews from New York Magazine, The New York Times, as well as many others. The restaurant owner has also designed cocktails for various commercial and non-commercial clients.
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