Postcard ca.: 1970s: Kummerlowe Archive
Darien, Connecticut --Exit 13, I-95

With great expectations the Howard Johnson Company opened its Darien Red Coach Grill in September of 1963. Located directly off of I-95 (AKA the Connecticut Turnpike) and near the Darien Motor Lodge and Restaurant complex, the 320 seat eatery was the 13th in the chain, and one of only two that were opened in 1963. Records indicate that it did "a capacity business" during its first year of operation. Remarkably the unit kept its status until the early 1980s.

Deliberately located and designed to attract persons who can indulge their wish to dine sumptuously. The decor and bill of fare are tailored to this concept of serving the "carriage trade."

Red Coach Grill, Darien, Connecticut
1963 Howard Johnson Company Annual Report

Wethersfield, Connecticut
AKA Hartford
-- 1770 Berlin Turnpike (CT 15)

An early expansion location, Weathersfield was the first of the four that were opened in the Constitution State. The restaurant likely opened in the 1950s, and remained a Red Coach until the early 1980s.

After having served as site of several restaurants, Wethersfield's former Red Coach was converted in 2000 into the well-regarded Carmen Anthony Fishhouse of Wethersfield.

Image ca. 1960s: Kummerlowe Archive
Red Coach Grill, Weathersfield, Connecticut
Postcard ca.: 1970s: Kummerlowe Archive
Photo May 2002: Kummerlowe Archive

Postcard ca. 1970s: Steven LJ Russo
West Haven , Connecticut -- 354 Saw Mill Rd

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