Chip’s Family Restaurant to move Trumbull location following unexpected closure

TRUMBULL — Owners of Chip’s Family Restaurant say they are moving their Trumbull restaurant because of “unresolved parking issues” with their landlord.

“While we understand some people may be inconvenienced by the closure of the Trumbull location, we look forward to serving our customers at our other restaurants until we open the doors to our new facility,” said Chip’s owner George Chatzopoulos in a Monday press release.

The restaurant at 57 Monroe Turnpike has been open six years and was an anchor tenant at the Monroe Turnpike Plaza along with Edge Fitness. The two popular sites have caused a flood of cars to the area over the years, according to previous interviews with the developers of the center.

The parking lot shared by the restaurant and gym has long had an overcrowding problem, which has caused safety concerns from Trumbull officials and pedestrians.

The state Department of Transportation approved plans to put a traffic light at Chip’s shopping center intersection in March 2019. The traffic light is being funded through a DOT grant that the town submitted in 2018.

The traffic light is meant to address the safety concerns of vehicles using the shopping center and of thousands of pedestrian and bicycle users of the Pequonnock River Trail at Route 111 which crosses the road nearby. The approved plan would redirect users to cross at the traffic light.

First Selectman Vicki Tesoro has said that improving safety at the intersection was a top priority of her administration.

“I am pleased the new light will address the safety concerns for both the shopping center and the trail to continue to make Trumbull a safe place to live, work, and play,” she said in a past interview with Hearst Connecticut Media.

Town officials declined to comment for this article.

Chip’s unexpectedly closed Saturday, notifying customers and wait staff with a sign on the front door that also confirmed plans to find a newer and larger location.

While a new address hasn’t been named yet, Chatzopoulos told Hearst Connecticut Media that while he wants to stay in Trumbull, he isn’t ruling out moving the location up Route 111 into Monroe.

“We are excited about the opportunity to offer a new and expanded facility for our customers in the Trumbull area and look forward to making an announcement soon,” he said, adding the chain has outgrown its space in the Monroe Turnpike Plaza since opening in 2013.

He said he has been talking with property owners in both towns about opening a new facility that would provide more parking and amenities.

Chatzopoulos has been operating the Connecticut-based chain since 2003. The chain has five other locations in Orange, Fairfield, Milford, Southbury and Southington.