I just read a social media post from one of my favorite breakfast spots that is really bad news for pancake lovers in the Greater Hartford area.

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Chip's Family Restaurant, which had 5 locations across Connecticut, has just announced on their social media that they have permanently closed two of their restaurants, effective immediately. The first Chip's that has just shut down was located at 99 Executive Boulevard in Southington. I can hear the groans ESPN employees, yes, this was the Chip's right off of Exit 31 of I-84.

The second location that has been shut down immediately was the Chip's located at 1301 Silas Deane Highway in Wethersfield. Those are the only two of the 5 Chip's locations around Connecticut that are closing permanently.

According to the statement, posted by Dina Bajko, the owner of the Chip's in Orange and Fairfield - "Closing our Southington and Wethersfield locations was a very difficult decision; however, this decision is absolutely consistent with my brother George's much larger strategic vision for the Chip's brand."

Bajko also says "While we are going to miss our Wethersfield and Southington regulars, the Chip's brand is refocusing on my brother George's three founding principles: Quality, service, and community. We have some tremendous plans for future expansion of our restaurants, and, in the meantime, hope everyone will come visit us at our orange and Fairfield locations."

No mention is made of my favorite Chip's Restaurant location -  in Southbury at 775 Main St. South. I'm watching.

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