Our Story

The 75th Anniversary during 2013 was much more than a celebration of longevity. Carbone’s Ristorante occupies a special place in the history, lifestyle, and politics of a city and state. These are just some of the many stories that define this legendary institution.

Whether in politics, the arts, sports or social life, Carbone’s has been the center of life in the South End and integral part of the fabric of Hartford for over 75 years.  Our customers, past and present, define Carbone’s legacy and its continuing vitality. 

In 1936, The Carbone Brothers, Charlie and Anthony, were operating a gas station on the corner of Franklin Ave and Goodrich Street in Hartford.  The property, a joining the gas station, housed the remains of a foundation that instilled in them the dream of one day owning a restaurant.  With youth and ambition, the lot was purchased and the building was constructed.  In 1938 Southern Plantation was up and running.

Southern Plantation was located across from Buckley Stadium, home of the Hartford Chiefs, a minor league franchise of the Boston Braves.  Baseball Legends Warren Spahn and Tommy Holmes were regular customers. 

Other major figures in the sports community also dined with us over the years.  Later, under its current name, Lee Trevino, Arnold Palmer and many other golf professionals visited Carbone’s when competing in the major golf tournament, which at the time was the Insurance City Open.

The entertainment industry also has strong roots with the restaurant.   Carbone’s catered a lavish party for the great entertainer Sammy Davis Jr. Dustin Hoffman, who was awarded the best actor in a leading role, spent time at the Institute of Living; in preparation for his part in Rain Man, he dined at the restaurant and hosted his cast party there.   In addition, Moshe Paranov, renowned pianist was a Saturday night regular for many years.

More recently, Carbones catered several events for rapper and entrepreneur, Curtis Jackson, also known as 50 Cent.  One of which was an anniversary party for his grandparents where guests and entertainers included Patty Label, and The Temptations.

Carbone’s has been a gathering place for political figures of both parties.  Senator Joe Lieberman shaved and cleaned up in the men’s room before joining the victory party upon election for a first term.   “Mayor Mike” the affable Mayor of Hartford considered the restaurant a favorite.

Our story has not ended, but continues to unfold.

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