Having changed the dining habits of quite a few Hartfordites, who now crowd into his Arch Street location for lunch, show up for dinner with six-packs of beer or carry away family-sized orders for home, party or picnic, Jamie “The Bear” McDonald is now set on changing eating patterns around Bradley International Airport as well.

His new location, which opened at Routes 20 and 75 last December, seems a little larger than the capital location, though it lacks a loft. Both restaurants share something interesting in common — accessibility — with each situated at the end of an exit ramp off a freeway connector. It makes good sense if one’s going to be bouncing back and forth between the two, as McDonald must. I actually prefer the newer location for its private parking and nearby package store. Read More