Authentic New Orleans-Style Restaurant Now Open on College Street in New Haven

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Shops at Yale and Yale University Properties are pleased to announce the recent opening of Queen Zuri New Orleans Delicacies at 230 College Street. A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place with Mayor Toni Harp on Monday, December 5th at noon.

Born and raised in New Orleans, Kim Soto inherited her Creole cooking skills from her grandmother who began teaching her to cook when she was just five years old. Kim honed her recipes over the years to become a successful restaurateur. Ten years ago, Kim founded Queen Zuri, named after her daughter, in Milford, CT. Her passion, culinary skills and enthusiasm made her an instant success.

Luckily for those of us in New Haven, Kim has decided to expand her successful operation. On Tuesday, November 30th, Kim officially opened a second location for Queen Zuri at 230 College Street, in downtown New Haven, CT. Over the past few months, Kim transformed her space into an elegant, inviting and authentic Louisiana eatery. Beautiful chandeliers accent the space, while the smell of homemade Creole dishes and desserts fill the air. Soto serves a wide variety of items, including: Banana Pudding Cake, New Orleans Praline Pound Cake, Po’Boy Sandwiches (Catfish, Hot Sausage, Oyster, Muffuletta, Shrimp and Roast Beef), Jambalaya, Gumbo and so much more.

When asked why she chose New Haven for her second location, Kim Soto said “New Haven is a good fit for me and downtown has the hottest restaurant scene in Connecticut. This is a real foodie’s paradise. I think my high quality, authentic cuisine and desserts will be appreciated and well received.”

“We are excited to welcome local Connecticut entrepreneur and restaurateur, Kim Soto, to New Haven. Queen Zuri will be a terrific addition to the downtown restaurant scene with quality ingredients and a specialized New Orleans’ menu.” said Lauren Zucker, Yale University’s Associate Vice President for New Haven Affairs and University Properties. “Yale University’s community investment program supports the growth of New Haven businesses, reinvigorating New Haven’s downtown, creating jobs, and expanding the city’s tax base.”

The Shops at Yale & Yale University Properties
The Shops at Yale is made up of the Chapel Street Historic and Broadway Districts in New Haven and it includes a mix of retailers and restaurants such as Apple, J.Crew, Claire’s Corner Copia, KIKO Milano Cosmetics, Tarry Lodge, Shake Shack and idiom boutique. Yale University Properties manages Yale University’s commercial properties, including retail stores, office spaces, and residential units in New Haven. Enabled by Yale’s community investment program, University Properties is committed to enhancing the quality of life in New Haven through the development of high quality retail and office environments and the revitalization of surrounding neighborhoods. As a result of University Properties’ community investment program, Yale University is one of the largest tax payers in the city of New Haven. Learn more at

Ample parking is available for The Shops at Yale at 255 Crown Street, 161 York Street, 56 Broadway and 40 Dixwell Avenue surface parking lots. On-street parking is available throughout the city, with the ability to accept payment through credit cards or mobile app. The City of New Haven offers free on-street parking on Sundays.

Queen Zuri, 230 College Street, New Haven, CT

Media Contact
David DelVecchio, 203-436-4046,


Book Cover, “Letter From Italy, 1944” by Nancy Meneely

Neighborhood Music School (NMS) in New Haven, Conn. will host a screening of the documentary film “Letter from Italy,1944: A New American Oratorio,” on Sat., Dec. 3, at 4 p.m., as part of its free “Spotlight” series. The film tells the history of the elite 10th Mountain Division (which is still active today) and the life of Dr. John Meneely, Jr., a doctor trained at Yale Medical School (1941) who served as a medic during World War II and then returned home from Italy, struggling to rebuild his family life while experiencing post- traumatic stress disorder. His story is told in the form of an oratorio, written by his two daughters, composer Sarah Meneely-Kyder, a former NMS faculty member, and poet Nancy Meneely.The documentary follows the sisters’ creative process, from writing the oratorio’s lyrics (which are based on Dr. Meneely’s poetic letters sent home from war) and music, as well as the staging of the oratorio, which was originally performed by the GMChorale, (formerly the Greater Middletown Chorale) led by Artistic Director Joseph D’Eugenio. The Dec. 3 film screening will be followed by a Q & A with Sarah Meneely-Kyder and Nancy Meneely. This event is free and open to the public.
“Letter from Italy, 1944: A New American Oratorio” is narrated by Academy Award winner Meryl Streep and is produced, written and directed by six-time Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Karyl Evans of North Haven, who was commissioned by the GMChorale to make the film. Evans commented, “It is such an important story to tell – a war veteran coming back with post-traumatic stress disorder, how his relationship with his family is changed forever and then his daughters creating a work of art 50 years later that not only healed their hearts, but the hearts of everyone involved in the making of the “Letter from Italy, 1944” original oratorio performance produced by the GMChorale. Now I think we are poised to heal the hearts of generations of people as the project moves forward. I’m just thankful I was part of it.” Karyl Evans plans to attend the Dec. 3 screening at NMS, as well.

Job Opening – Executive Director

posted by Robbin
November 30, 2016

The Arts Council of Greater New Haven Executive Director Opening
The Executive Director will have a strong understanding of and passion for promoting and supporting the arts throughout Greater New Haven. The new leader will support our vibrant arts community through strategic communication, effective partnerships, leveraging existing relationships and networks, and building consensus.
ACGNH seeks an individual who will be a catalyst for change. The Executive Director will be a systems thinker and understand the big picture and the Arts Council’s role in promoting the arts and arts organizations as essential to a strong region. The new leader will help assess and shape ACGNH’s role going forward and will advocate for greater visibility and diversity for the arts, and stabilize and strengthen artists and arts organizations in our region.
The new director will bring an informed understanding and perspective to the challenges of supporting and growing member, donor and community relationships. As a catalyst for creative action in response to community issues, ACGNH seeks a new leader who will fully leverage the board and the ACGNH staff to deliver exemplary services for our members and the entire community. Regional advocacy for the arts requires excellent communication skills with donors, legislators, and members.
S/he will be an inspiring leader, an effective communicator, a strategic thinker, a problem solver, and have an entrepreneurial spirit. S/he will be a coalition/team builder, well-organized, results-driven, and committed to staff development. The new leader will have a demonstrated ability to achieve what is often a challenging goal – to meet the organization’s mission while operating a sustainable business/revenue model.
Submit a resume and cover letter by December 15, 2016 to

Holiday’s are Happier in Downtown New Haven

Thursday, December 1st

4:00pm – 8:00pm | City of New Haven’s Official Christmas Tree Lighting on the New Haven Green.

FREE activities: visits with Santa, horse and carriage rides, live musical performances, costumed characters, ferris wheel, carousel and rides, petting zoo, arts & crafts and special guests (activities subject to change).
Saturday, December 3rd

12:00pm – 4:00pm | Winter Festival on the Green: visits with Santa, horse and carriage rides, petting zoo and carousel (activities subject to change). Complimentary cider at the New Haven Info Center, 1000 Chapel St.

4:00pm – 6:00pm | Storytelling with Santa on Broadway/Yale Bookstore.

4:00pm – 7:00pm | Yuletide Carolers on Chapel Street & Broadway, New Haven.

5:00pm – 9:00pm | Junzi Kitchen Cider Night Lunch on Broadway Island.

Schedule online | Holiday performances on Broadway Island.
Sunday December 4th

12:00pm – 4:00pm | Free Horse and Carriage Rides on Chapel Street.

1:00pm – 3:00pm | Ice carving demonstration by Ice Matters.

4:00pm – 6:00pm | Storytelling with Santa on Chapel/Claire’s Corner Copia.

For more details, click here.

Convenient parking adjacent to Shopping and Dining:

Broadway Shopping District: Broadway surface lot at 56 Broadway, across from Apple, Barbour and Lou Lou. Additional parking is available in the new Pay & Display surface lot at 40 Dixwell Avenue across from The UPS Store and Tropical Smoothie Café.

Chapel Street Historic District: 255 Crown Street surface lot, just past Istanbul Cafe, and at 161 York Street, behind the Yale Center for British Art.

Whitney-Audubon District / WAGO: Audubon-Court Parking Garage at 78 Audubon Street.

Learn more about parking & directions here.


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4:00pm – 8:00pm  |  City of New Haven’s Official Christmas Tree Lighting on the New Haven Green. FREE activities: visits with Santa, horse and carriage rides, live musical performances, costumed characters, ferris wheel, carousel and rides, petting zoo, arts & crafts and special guests (activities subject to change). Free popcorn and cider at the New Haven INFO Center, 1000 Chapel Street, compliments of Town Green.



WHITE Modern Architecture Recycled Flour Sack Tea Towel of Pirelli/Rubber Armstrong Building

This tea towel features a hand-drawn sketch of the Pirelli Building, an important Brutalist building designed by Marcel Breuer and located in New Haven, CT. The image is hand-stamped onto the recycled flour sack material. The item’s tag has information on the building’s architect and the date it was completed.

This towel uses WHITE fabric. If you are looking for a natural colored fabric, visit us here:

Towel is 30″ x 30″ and is 100% high quality cotton. Towel is ideal for cleaning spills or messes, covering dough to avoid drying out, cleaning fruits & veggies, or just as a decorative feature for your home.

About Armstrong Rubber/Pirelli Tire Headquarters
Marcel Breuer was one of the champions of brutalist concrete architecture (in Block to Block’s personal opinion). This monumental treasure, located in New Haven, CT and completed in 1969, used to house research labs and administrative offices for the Armstrong Rubber Co. The building now sits vacant and its research & development wing was demolished to make way for an IKEA parking lot.



  • Handmade item
  • Ships worldwide from United States

For more info – Click HERE


Yale Peabody Museum Store — 10% off in-store coupon!

posted by Robbin
November 29, 2016
I can’t say enough about the great items that can be found at our local museum shops — The Peabody, The Yale Center for British Art, The New Haven Museum and others.. next time you’re out shopping — pop in! — Robbin
Visit the Museum Store today–the most unique shopping experience in New Haven! Find and print a 10% OFF in-store coupon here: