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Indoor Seating Uncertain for Montville and Plainfield Service Plazas

It's uncertain whether indoor seating will be provided at renovated service plazas in Montville and Plainfield despite food court seating setups available at renovated plazas in Milford on I-95.

We welcome travelers to take a break along Connecticut’s highways but do we give them a place to sit and relax?

Surprisingly, the newly renovated Plainfield Service Plazas on I-395 opened with no benches, picnic tables, or chairs.

Imagine enjoying a foot long Subway sandwich or having a Dunkin’ Donuts bagel and coffee standing up. Even for the most coordinated among us, it would be quite difficult.

While it’s great Project Service has renovated the aging service plazas by adding two food outlets, travel kiosks, and new Mobil Mart convenient stores and gas stations, it seems tables and chairs took a back seat.

At the newly renovated I-95 Milford plazas, large food court seating greeted travelers opening day along with drive-thru window service for those wanting to quickly get back on the road. Patio seating was later added to the plazas.  

The cramped parcels of land at the Plainfield plazas, and its sister Montville plaza currently closed for renovations, makes drive-thru service out of the question which means all customers must walk into the building for their food and beverages and should have a comfortable place to enjoy them.

Connecticut Department of Transportation spokesman Judd Everhart told Patch that patio seating will soon be installed at the Plainfield plazas by the end of this week.

It will also be added to the Montville plaza when it reopens after renovations are completed.

It’s great to eat outside on warm days, but it’s not really an option when it’s cold, rainy, or snowy.

“Some indoor seating may be added at some point in the future,” Everhart said, adding “They (Project Service) want to see how the "foot traffic" flows inside before making a decision.”

Even Plainfield’s Shell gas station and convenience store off exit 87 of I-395 have tables and chairs to accommodate those who want to enjoy its two eateries: Honey Dew Donuts and Dominoes’ Pizza.

After renovations, the Plainfield plazas are still smaller and simpler than its Milford counterparts which offers customers other food choices like Sbarro, McDonald’s, Good to Go Organics, Robeks, Cheeseboy, Panda Express, Moe’s Southwest Grill, and Carvel Ice Cream along with Statement gift shops, retail carts, large Fast Freddie’s Convenience Stores, pet walking areas, diesel fuel, truck idle reduction technology, and enlarged truck parking areas.

Eastern Connecticut travelers should at least have a place to sit and relax along the highway.

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Jimmy Hooper October 24, 2012 at 12:39 AM
I hope they do put the tables and chairs in. I was disappointed when I saw there was no tables and chairs. Are they going to update the road signs to show the two new services????
Corey Sipe October 24, 2012 at 05:39 AM
Jimmy, it's my understanding the highway signage will be upgraded.
Jimmy Hooper October 24, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Thanks Corey thats good to know that the signage will be upgraded. I was thinking people from out of town still sees the mobile sign and think that is still the only thing there after the renovations.
Corey Sipe October 28, 2012 at 11:51 AM
Metal picnic tables have been placed on the sidewalk patio area facing the main parking lot (cars and truck parking past the pumps). No indoor seating as of yet. A marked "Pet Walking Area" is located behind the main parking lot. Priority parking is available for fuel efficient vehicles in this lot. Both plazas have a door in the back with quick access to the smaller car parking lot behind the building.

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