Grand Opening at Bistro 83 Latin Fusion Restaurant

Grand Opening at Bistro 83 Latin Fusion Restaurant

Come to enjoy the Bistro 83 experience!

Last night, we celebrated the Grand Opening of our New Member: Bistro 83 Latin Fusion Restaurant at 83 Wall Street, Norwalk, CT 06850.

After Mayor Rilling made the honors with the ribbon cutting, the Bistro 83 team provided to the attendees a lovely evening between the chatting, the music and the delicious bites and drinks.

Grand Opening of our New Member the Bistro 83 Latin Fusion Restaurant
Grand Opening of our New Member the Bistro 83 Latin Fusion Restaurant
Grand Opening of our New Member the Bistro 83 Latin Fusion Restaurant
Grand Opening of our New Member the Bistro 83 Latin Fusion Restaurant

Owned by two Costa Rican natives, Cesar Navarro and Berny Alvarado, whose desire is to bring a unique dining experience to the Norwalk area. Bistro 83 combines traditional Costa Rican dishes and other Latin American dishes along with specialty drinks in a fun and entertaining atmosphere.

Grand Opening of our New Member the Bistro 83 Latin Fusion Restaurant
Grand Opening of our New Member the Bistro 83 Latin Fusion Restaurant
Curfew Extended

Curfew Extended

Governor Lamont announced that the 10 p.m. curfew for businesses, including restaurants, is being moved to 11 p.m. Other restrictions on restaurants, including an indoor limit of 50% capacity, are remaining in place. Places of worship can now hold 50% capacity instead of the previously allowed 100 people

Please know that these decisions are made with the goal of keeping our economy open to the maximum extent possible while protecting the health of all our residents and families. As COVID cases trend down, we can expect further modifications to the Sector Rules, capacity limitations, and curfews.


Emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP)

Emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP)

The following information is an extract from  Governor Lamont’s press release 11/13/20 – Link HERE. The translation has been done by GNHCC in order to reach hispanic community that may be eligible to these benefits.

Connecticut individuals and families eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will continue receiving additional benefits through November, state officials said last week. The additional benefits impact the approximately 110,000 households who would not otherwise qualify for the maximum benefits allowed for their household size.

Those already enrolled in SNAP will see the additional benefits loaded onto their EBT cards on November 19, as a separate payment from the normal SNAP benefits they received earlier in the month. Those eligible but not enrolled may apply by the end of the month to receive both normal and additional benefits. Most households are eligible if they meet the income limits below.

CT SNAP benefits

To confirm your eligibility for SNAP based on income, follow this link:

Emergency benefits allowed the household’s SNAP benefit to increase to the maximum allotment for a household of that size as follows:

CT SNAP benefits

For each additional person, add $153. For example, if a household of two normally received $274 of SNAP benefits in November, $100 would bring this household up to the maximum benefit for its size. This household will receive a $100 emergency benefit on November 19.

For additional information about SNAP, visit

Los individuos y familias de Connecticut que son elegibles para el Programa de Asistencia de Nutrición Suplementaria (SNAP) continuarán recibiendo beneficios adicionales hasta noviembre, dijeron funcionarios estatales la semana pasada. Los beneficios adicionales afectan a los aproximadamente 110.000 hogares que de otra manera no calificarían para los beneficios máximos permitidos para el tamaño de su hogar.

Los que ya están inscritos en el SNAP verán los beneficios adicionales cargados en sus tarjetas EBT el 19 de noviembre, como un pago separado de los beneficios normales del SNAP que recibieron a principios de mes. Los que reúnan los requisitos pero no estén inscritos podrán solicitar antes de fin de mes que se les asignen tanto los beneficios normales como los adicionales. La mayoría de los hogares son elegibles si cumplen con los límites de ingresos que se indican a continuación.

Beneficios SNAP en CT

Para confirmar su elegibilidad para el programa de cupones para alimentos en base a sus ingresos, siga este enlace:

Las prestaciones de emergencia permitieron que la ayuda económica de SNAP por hogar/familia llegue a hogares con más miembros, de la siguiente manera:

Beneficios SNAP en CT

Por cada persona adicional, añada 153 dólares. Por ejemplo, si un hogar de dos personas normalmente recibe 274 dólares de beneficios de SNAP en noviembre, 100 dólares llevarían a este hogar al beneficio máximo por su tamaño. Este hogar recibirá un beneficio de emergencia de $100 el 19 de noviembre.

Para obtener información adicional sobre el SNAP, visite

Winter Outdoor Dining for Tents

Winter Outdoor Dining for Tents

The City of Norwalk has released the process and regulations regarding tent permits for outdoor dining in the winter months. All permits will be expedited and processed virtually via one-on-one Zoom meetings with relative departments needed for approval. This will be a one-time meeting to help expedite approvals scheduled at your convenience.

The updated guidance document can be found here and also is on the City’s COVID-19 Business Resources Page.

You will need four components to be submitted for your permit:

  • a Tent Proposal Plan,
  • an Evacuation Plan (as needed),
  • an ADA Accessibility Site Plan (can be hand-drawn), and
  • a Seating Plan (can be hand-drawn).

Information on what should be included in these plans is within the guidance document. All permits will be active for 365 days. The Mayor has authorized that tents will be allowed until March 2022. Once your permit expires you will have to resubmit your documentation for additional approval.

For more information contact Sabrina Church (Director of Business Development & Tourism)
at City Of Norwalk: 125 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06856
Cell: (203) 939-2202

La ciudad de Norwalk ha dado a conocer el proceso y las normas relativas a los permisos de las carpas para comer al aire libre en los meses de invierno. Todos los permisos serán expedidos y procesados virtualmente a través de reuniones individuales de Zoom con los departamentos correspondientes necesarios para su aprobación. Esta será una reunión única para ayudar a agilizar las aprobaciones programadas a su conveniencia.

El documento de orientación actualizado se puede encontrar aquí y también está en la página de recursos de negocios de la ciudad COVID-19.

Necesitará cuatro componentes para ser presentado para su permiso:

  • un Plano de Propuesta de Carpa,
  • un Plano de Evacuación (según sea necesario),
  • un Plano de Sitio de Accesibilidad de la ADA (puede ser dibujado a mano), y
  • un Plano de Asientos (puede ser dibujado a mano).

En el documento de orientación se incluye información sobre lo que debería incluirse en estos planes. Todos los permisos estarán activos durante 365 días. El alcalde ha autorizado que las tiendas de campaña sean permitidas hasta marzo de 2022. Una vez que su permiso expire tendrá que volver a presentar su documentación para una aprobación adicional.

Para más información contacte a  Sabrina Church (Director of Business Development & Tourism)
en City Of Norwalk: 125 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06856
Cell: (203) 939-2202

COVID-19 Guidelines Updates for Restaurants

COVID-19 Guidelines Updates for Restaurants

Reopen Connecticut Safer, Stronger, Together

Restaurants in Connecticut are subjected to the Phase 2 reopening rules (started on June 17th). Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development has released an update on 9/23 (downloadable HERE). This applies for outdoor & indoor restaurants (no bar areas).

General Considerations from the CDC

CDC offers the following considerations for ways in which operators can protect employees, customers, and communities and slow the spread of COVID-19.

NOTE: CDC’s considerations are meant to supplement—not replace—any state, local, territorial, or tribal health and safety laws, rules, and regulations with which businesses must comply.

Guiding Principles to Keep in Mind

The more an individual interacts with others, and the longer that interaction, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread. The risk of COVID-19 spread increases in a restaurant or bar setting as follows:

  • Lowest Risk: Food service limited to drive-through, delivery, take-out, and curb-side pick up.
  • More Risk: Drive-through, delivery, take-out, and curb-side pick up emphasized. On-site dining limited to outdoor seating. Seating capacity reduced to allow tables to be spaced at least 6 feet apart.
  • Even More Risk: On-site dining with both indoor and outdoor seating. Seating capacity reduced to allow tables to be spaced at least 6 feet apart.
  • Highest Risk: On-site dining with both indoor and outdoor seating. Seating capacity not reduced and tables not spaced at least 6 feet apart.

Learn More about CDC’s Considerations HERE

Sources for this artice:
Sector Rules and Certification for Reopen –
Considerations for Restaurants and Bars –

Capri’s Cuisine Open Under Safe Conditions

Capri’s Cuisine Open Under Safe Conditions

From the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, Capri’s Cuisine has followed the best practices for food pickup/delivery services, and was an early adopter of the takeout only model, enabling them to continue providing the Norwalk community with nonessential (but highly desirable) pastries and coffee.

We will continue to serve in a clean, safe, and sanitary manner as always, to ensure the healthy and safety of our customers and staff.

—Sandra Salazar, Owner

Capri’s boasts 56 flavors of empanadas! These are listed on a photo of the menu in the gallery below. In addition, they have a variety of sweet biscuits, including a weekly Saturday “special” biscuit. These have been especially popular, selling out two weeks in a row!

To guarantee your order, place it in advance. There are many ways you can place an order, including:

  • In Store (limited capacity)
  • Call for pick up
  • Call for curbside pickup
  • Uber for delivery
  • Grubhub for pickup or delivery

Get their contact info at the GNHCC Business Directory HERE.

If you don’t have an appetite for pastries right now, you may also support Capri’s by purchasing a locally made face mask ($5) or a gift card (any amount).

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