You'll have to drive a bit further to get your Detroit Pan Pizza, Eggplant Fries, or Penne ala Vodka for a couple of weeks, as a very popular local Italian restaurant has just announced that they are going to voluntarily shut theirs doors down at one of their Connecticut locations, after a positive COVID test.

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On Friday evening, November 6, 2020, Joey Garlic's announced on their social media that they had a positive COVID test at their Newington location, which is located right off of the Berlin Turnpike, in the Stop & Shop Plaza at 150 Kitts Lane. The owners, Anthony Sullo and Gary Gello, closed the restaurant immediately, and said that they would update the public over the weekend regarding further updates.

Last night around 7PM, they posted this announcement to their Facebook page:

The gist of the post is, after following protocol, a deep cleaning, and consulting with the Central Connecticut Health District, Joey Garlic's Newington location was cleared to resume regular business. But, in the interest of ensuring the safety of both their employees and the public, the owners have decided to keep the Newington location closed for two full weeks. The owners go on to reassure us that all safety measures were being followed up to, and will continue, after the positive case.

I really have enjoyed eating in this restaurant over the past few years, Italian comfort food is getting harder to come by here in Connecticut, and I applaud the owners decision to err on the side of safety.