Once a cook in the Army, New London man now runs family-friendly restaurant in Groton

4 Oct 2022

Small Business

Justin Shaw has gone from growing up in a family where his mother served in the Navy and his father had a few restaurants, to working as a cook in the Army, to opening his own restaurant, where he continues to serve military members.

On Sept. 20, he held the grand opening for Astin J’s, an unassuming restaurant in Groton Shopping Plaza dishing up wings, chicken tenders, burgers, hot sandwiches and tacos. Shaw’s favorite thing to cook is the tacos ($16), which come with three pork chili-verde, chicken or birria tacos; seasoned rice; and beans. And he said his spicy chicken sandwich “is becoming very popular.”

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