Former Caliente could become pub-style establishment

The two local brothers who had owned Caliente Bar & Grill in downtown Shelton recently sold the business to someone else.

However, Danny and Dave Orazietti — best known from the two Danny O establishments in the city — still own the former Caliente property at 127 Center St.

“We had three places and someone came in with an offer and we decided to sell it,” Danny Orazietti said of the Caliente business.

The new owners have since closed Caliente, which specialized in Mexican cuisine, and appear to be remodeling the inside. An individual inside the place on Tuesday morning said the restaurant and bar would open with a new name after being revamped.

Business sold a month ago

Danny Orazietti said the closing on the business sale took place about a month ago, and he believes the new owners are from lower Fairfield County and New York.

He said they indicated their plans were to turn the former Caliente into an American pub-style establishment. He said he hopes their venture is successful. “I wish them luck,” he said.

The Oraziettis had purchased and renovated the building at 127 Center St., with its unique yellowish-brick facade, to open Caliente.

“It was another business venture for my brother and I,” Danny Orazietti said. “We tried something different. We did fairly well.”

He said Caliente’s business was especially strong from the spring to the fall, during the warm weather season, with its outdoor bar serving as an attraction.

Downtown parking and traffic

Orazietti said the business environment in downtown Shelton is good and getting better, but could benefit from improved parking and traffic flow.

He is hoping the city will open a designated parking structure to boost downtown businesses. “There are different options,” Danny Orazietti said.

There is a possibility that new municipal parking could be added at the Chromium Process Co. site, with the city of Shelton having acquired that old factory building through foreclosure.

The Chromium Process property is almost one acre in size and is at the end of Center Street, between West Canal and Canal streets.

Danny Orazietti also hopes the traffic flow through downtown — at the intersections involving Howe Avenue, Bridge Street, Center Street and Coram Avenue — will improve through various possible improvements.

Downtown Danny O’s is on Howe Avenue between Center and Bridge streets. The original Danny O’s is a few miles south of downtown on River Road (Route 110).

There is a concentration of drinking and eating establishments in downtown Shelton.