NEW RESTAURANTS TO SERVE NOODLES, BEER

Two establishments — one serving craft beer and the other Asian fusion noodles — will join downtown New Haven’s bar and restaurant scene in the coming months.

Owners of the The Beer Collective — a bar that will serve beer produced by small-scale specialty breweries — signed a lease in late February with New Haven real estate investment firm Olympia Properties for 130 Court St., a vacancy three blocks from Old Campus that previously housed an Italian restaurant. The bar is on schedule to open this summer, owner Craig Sklar said. Olympia Properties signed a second lease on March 7 with the owners of Mecha Noodle Bar — a Fairfield-based restaurant chain that serves Asian-inspired cuisine — for property on 201 Crown St., Olympia owner Chris Nicotra said. Though Nicotra said he could not disclose details, the owners of Mecha plan to build a novelty restaurant similar to establishments found in New York City.

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