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Yale University Properties Welcomes Two New Eateries to Chapel Street


New Haven, Conn. — Yale University Properties welcomes two new restaurants, Sushi on Chapel (1022 Chapel St.) and Woodland Coffee & Tea (1044 Chapel St.), to the Chapel Street Historic District in downtown New Haven.

Both businesses are the second restaurants for these local entrepreneurs. With its famous culinary history and growing number of award-winning restaurants, New Haven has become a dining destination for residents and visitors alike.

Sushi on Chapel will offer Japanese cuisine and feature a sushi bar. It is owned by Brian Graham and his partner Chen Joo, who opened Wasabi Japanese Restaurant in North Branford two years ago.

“New Haven is a great location. The city continues to change for the better, and we thought the time was right for us to join the New Haven dining scene,” said Graham.

In addition to serving coffee and an extensive selection of tea, Woodland Coffee & Tea will also feature a fruit smoothie bar, light sandwiches with organic ingredients and European chocolates.

“What distinguishes Woodland is that we are a cozy, owner-operated establishment with a friendly staff and the high standards and quality of a corporate equivalent,” said owner Nebyat Shewaye. He owns another Woodland Coffee & Tea on Orange Street, in Ninth Square.

Shana N. Schneider, director of marketing for University Properties, said, “We strive to provide opportunities to independent and family-run shops and restaurants and recognize that this contributes to downtown New Haven’s unique character,”

Woodland Coffee & Tea, located in Sherman’s Alley, and Sushi on Chapel are scheduled to open in the next few weeks.

“We are glad to welcome these two new additions and expect to make several more announcements soon,” said Abigail Rider, director of University Properties.

Yale University is an active partner in creating a vital downtown and promoting New Haven’s economic development through its community investment program. The University is the city’s largest real estate taxpayer, with nearly $4 million in annual property taxes.


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