Sicily Pizza About to Open

As we reported back in geeze, 2019, More Camp’n News | Liberty Street Chronicles ( the long (and had to be expensive) buildout of Sicily Coal Fired New Haven Style Pizza is finally coming to an end. They mercifully dropped the ridiculous original name, and cut it short to “Sicily Coal Fired Pizza.”

Sicily Pizza about to open

New Haven style and Sicily are very much mutually exclusive, guessing the owners were trying to hit all the buzzwords for meta data results. A few dry runs and “soft openings” (family, friends, compensated “reviewers”) under their belt, look for Sicily Pizza (that’s what people are will call it, get over it!) to open in early July.

Two-Fer Special at Harries

Harries Jailhouse will be opening soon, in the former Bread and Water location on Warwick Street. Serving “classic cocktails” (80’s Alabama slammers? Red Death? Lemon Drops? prolly not) and sandwiches (please, please don’t call them “handhelds!”) this joint should be able to take full advantage of the outdoor dining season, even at that odd location.

From the people that brought you the damn good (and damn expensive) cupcakes at Nora, Harrie’s looks to be following the Twin Peaks/Titled Kilt template…Or maybe just cutesy guerilla marketing, we shall see.

Bring a Knife to a Knife Fight

After some commotion amongst the corner crew, Purple Shoes here, decided to settle it with a knife:

Purple Shoes earned a 5 car response from Middletown PD. They nabbed him by the Connection house on Liberty, gave him a pair of stainless bracelets, and a ride to a room with no view.

Public Market calls it Quits

Public Market, a Middletown icon from the days when horses still clippity clopped on Main Street, will be closing. The newest owner, Josh Morris, did a helluva job keeping up the quality, service and traditions at “Public’s.”

It’s not clear if someone else will take over, if Josh will sell, or even a closing date. Get down there, wish them well, and get the best damn grinder in Middletown while you still can can.

Qawa Coffee Grinds Down

The Excellent and clean Qawa Coffee Company is “closing indefinitely.” It seems not so long ago that Liberty St Chronicles reported their opening back in February 2019 :

A greedy landlord and the damn ‘Rona sure didn’t help. Get out there today, 12/4 and tomorrow 12/5 to show a small business some farewell support.

Scene of the most recent Shooting

Started further down Liberty, migrated across-ish from Aresco’s. Third shooting we know of in a few months (one being near Weswings, the other caused the shooter to stalk his prey to Middlesex Hospital).

Liberty and Pearl, aka the wild west

Middeltown PD had no comment, RJ from Aresco’s didn’t know anything. Not a great start for the boy mayor. Here’s what we do know: The parties involved were NOT arguing about their study group! Be careful out there people.

Pizza Place at Camp Building

Looks like the pizza operation that started their buildout last summer IS moving forward, albeit glacially…and understandably since king ned has his knee on the neck of restaurants. Just delivered were these very sharp barricades:

We’re still confused by “Sicilian New Haven style pizza,” guessing the owner is trying to hit all the trendy buzzwords. Look for lots of hipster menu-speak like “sourced” “currated” “notes of” “hand held.” Overall, nice to see this project moving along during these unprecedented times.

Basil Juice Smash

While they still feature it, go to Perkatory, order a large Basiljuice (💀🌿 This chilling basil and peppermint sparkling lemonade).


Sure, have a few sips on your way home, but save some for later.  A few ounces of your favrorite gin, maybe a sprig of Thai basil, and you have just the thinG to “bring you back to life” in this schfitzy weather! Clinque!