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Diners Like Grill’s Current Vibe

Edison move adds full bar, more choices


HARWINTON — Thomas Edison is in the details at the newly reopened Edison Grill.

Traces of the famed inventor can be found in the custom light fixtures, on the walls that display some of his most famous quotes, in original antique photographs and on a sheet of stamps bearing his face.

Patrons might even find him at the bottom of an Edison margarita.

“What you’ve got here is a one-of-a-kind restaurant,” Jeremiah Czyz said Wednesday as he stood in the middle of his restaurant two hours before the lunch rush.

The Edison Grill used to be on the other side of East Side Electric in a smaller space, and Czyz worked for both businesses. But after a car crash and four surgeries, he was forced to focus on the business that didn’t require heavy lifting.

So he and his wife, Michelle — the dietitian behind many of the grill’s recipes — moved the business to the larger space. They also added a dinner service, a full bar and 14 other employees, including multiple bartenders. Their grand opening was May 21.

Jeremiah Czyz, left, owner of The Edison Grill in Harwinton, stands with Greg Mele, owner of the building and designer of the custom-built restaurant.

Photo: Darlene Douty – Republican American
Jeremiah Czyz, left, owner of The Edison Grill in Harwinton, stands with Greg Mele, owner of the building and designer of the custom-built restaraunt that is loaded with antiques and recycled materials.

Czyz said he couldn’t have done it without Michelle, who does billing and training, in addition to coming up with recipes.

“Basically all the important stuff,” he said.

The restaurateur said he’s working out some of the kinks while transitioning from being in charge of eight employees to 22. He said he decided to stop serving breakfast during the week so he could focus on the quality of the food. “It’s a work in progress,” Czyz said.

He recommended people try the macaroni and cheese, which has been a big hit so far. He also said people rave about the burgers. To try more than one menu item, Czyz suggested getting a few things from the small plates menu.

The grill’s name was inspired in part by its proximity to East Side Electric. “You think of electricity, you think of a light bulb,” Czyz said.

Town residents have responded positively to Edison Grill’s move next door and its new look, he said. On Thursday evening, before the eatery opened, there was a line all the way down to their previous storefront, he noted.

Greg Mele, of East Side Electric and Czyz’s father-inlaw, had a hand in decorating the place.

Czyz said Mele enjoys hunting for vintage finds, and helped fill the restaurant with Edison-related collectibles.

“There’s a lot of love in this restaurant,” Czyz said.

Customers can spot an original Edison phonograph and vintage soda taps carefully placed in the room.

They also can try one of the grill’s 10 craft beers on tap, hand-selected wine or a specialty cocktail. Czyz said he took a bartending class so he could make informed decisions about his drink menu, and he personally picked out every liquor.

“I believe in the quality,” he said. “I don’t believe in selling cheap stuff.”

Edison Grill Renovation Slideshow

It took months and a lot of hard work to renovate the new Edison Grill.  Here’s a video slideshow showing the progress over time for the bar, kitchen and dining room.

Change in Breakfast Hours

Please note our change in hours: We will no longer be serving breakfast during the week. We will open at 11am during the week and serve lunch and dinner. We will continue to offer breakfast on Saturday and Sunday beginning at 8am.

Please know this was a difficult decision, but one that has to be made in order to continue to provide you with the quality of food and level of service you are accustomed to. We thank you for your understanding.

Edison Grill Reopens May 21st at 5pm!

Here at Edison Grill we’re excited to announce the opening of the next phase at Edison Grill.  Starting tomorrow evening at 5pm (May 21st) we will be offering the addition of dinner as well as a full bar featuring beer, wine and cocktails. This has been truly a labor of love.  So from our family to yours we hope to see you at the new Edison Grill.


New dining room



New bar area