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Waterbury resident Steve Katz, owner of Nardelli’s Grinder Shoppe at 396 Washington St. in Middletown, and Rina Nardelli, franchiser, display two of the top-selling grinders, the Italian Combo and Pastrami on opening day. Nardelli’s, the sixth store in the franchise, will be open Monday thru Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. To buy a print of this photo and more, visit www.middle-

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and wanted to start his own franchise. Katz was born in raised in New York City, but came to Connecticut in the late 1990s. At the time, he said, he lived in Cromwell, and came to know the Middletown area. Katz said he was familiar with the location of his restaurant from when it was a Dunkin’ Donuts and he would stop for donuts and coffee. “It’s a great location,” he said, explaining that it’s on a busy street and gets a lot of traffic from people driving in and out of Middletown. In addition, he said, it’s close to Wesleyan, which he hopes will bring in ness. She said her family more customers. One problem with the had hoped to expand into location, he said, is that the Middletown area for a it can be difficult to make while. Nardelli’s five otha left turn into or out of er locations, she said, are the parking lot, but that concentrated around the didn’t seem to be prevent- Waterbury area, where ing customers from stop- her grandfather and his ping in. He said he hopes brothers opened the first to build up relationships Nardelli’s in 1922. Nardelli-Troiano said with businesses in Middletown, who could come she noticed many customto him to order their din- ers driving to Waterbury SATURthe Middletown area ner. from DAY, APRIL 9, 2011 “If you’re gonna eat, you to buy grinders, and they should eat good food,” he often urged the owners said. to start a shop closer to Katz said Nardelli’s is them. fast, fairly priced. “It was mostly custom“I don’t want to say er feedback telling us we registerci we’re inexpensive,” he needed something up this said, but explained that all way,” she tizen“People com said. . the ingredients are fresh. have a connection to us. Diane Nardelli-Troiano, LOCAL VIDEO It’s really nice.” who helping Katz open his What distinguishes Basketball held Nardelli’s grinders from restaurant, said she’s part for Blake fundraiser Roy at Torrington of the third generation of featuring High School, See Nardellis to run the busicity cops NARDELLI’S, A4

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MIDDLETOWN — Nardelli’s grinders have been legendary in Connecticut for nearly 90 years, and on Thursday, the company expanded into Middletown with the opening of its long-awaited franchise on Washington Street. Owner Steve Katz said that even though he opened the store with little fanfare and no advertisements, business has been good. Katz said he’d been working with the Waterbury-based Nardelli’s Grinder Shoppe for years,

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MIDDLETOWN — Two independent labor attorneys say it’s illegal for Mayor Sebastian Giuliano to continue with an “experimental” schedule for the city’s police officers after an arbitrator’s ruling, but Giuliano said Thursday he has no plans to stop. “They’re wrong,” he said flatly. Giuliano said it’s “a management prerogative” to adopt an experimental schedule, and neither a labor arbitrator nor the Common Council can stop him from instituting it. Giuliano said he believes the schedule will increase police coverage and save the city money, and he wants to continue it for the rest of the year to see how it works out. In a decision issued last week, arbitrator J. Larry Foy ruled that the city should continue with the 5-2 schedule in the officers’ current contract, rather than the 4-2 schedule Giuliano is trying out. The issue went to arbitration after the council rejected the 4-2 schedule last summer. Foy did not return calls seeking comment, but Jamie Mills, a Hartfordbased labor attorney, said Foy’s ruling is clear. She said Giuliano is obligated to follow what Foy laid out in the award. Mills said after reviewing Foy’s decision that this case is unusual because of a “lack of adversity” between the city and the union. The city hardly entered any evidence into the case to support its side,





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