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As a homeowner, you know that your HVAC unit is one of the most important components in your house. It keeps you cool during hot summer days and warm on chilly winter nights. When it's working properly, it's easy to forget its important role in your everyday life. But when it malfunctions, you quickly remember how crucial heating and AC repair in Darien, GA, is for your family.

At Liberty Heating & Air, our mission is to ensure your cooling and heating systems remain effective throughout the year at the lowest prices available. Unlike some of our competitors, we prefer to put our customers first before anything else. We believe in doing right by the folks who choose our business. Cutting corners to save a few bucks? Annoying sales pitches to try and sell you new parts or equipment? That's just not the way we do business.

When you choose Liberty Heating & Air, you can rest easy knowing you won't have to pay outlandish fees for our services. As a licensed, bonded heating and air conditioning company, we know how important trust is when it comes to the nature of our business. We go above and beyond other HVAC companies and treat your home like it was our own. That way, you have peace of mind knowing you and your family are in capable, responsible hands.

We take pride in providing our customers with the highest quality service. Our highly trained technicians have experience handling all aspects of HVAC repair, from routine maintenance problems to advanced A/C unit installation projects in Darien, GA.

Through hard work, honesty, and integrity, we have built a loyal customer base that continues to grow each month. It would be our honor to call you our customer too. Whether you need a routine maintenance check or emergency heater repair in Darien, we are here for you every step of the way, 24-hours a day.

Air Conditioning Repair Services Darien, GA

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Why Choose Liberty Heating & Air?

We get it - there are a lot of A/C companies out there to sift through. You want to be sure you choose the best company for your needs and budget.

 AC Repair Services Darien, GA

Here are just a few reasons why our customers choose Liberty Heating & Air over other HVAC companies in South Georgia:

Authorized Carrier and Goodman Dealer:

Authorized Carrier and Goodman Dealer:

We're authorized to service and sell two of the most respected brands in the heating and A/C industry. No matter what size home you own, our technicians are fully equipped to handle any HVAC issue with your Goodman, Carrier, or other air conditioning units.

Insured, Bonded, and Licensed:

Insured, Bonded, and Licensed:

We go the extra mile to ensure that our customers feel safe and protected when they hire our team. We treat your home like it was our own, from the moment we step foot on your property to the time we pull out of your driveway.

Fair Pricing

Fair Pricing

We understand that money doesn't just grow on trees. You work hard to make an honest living and need reasonable pricing on A/C repair and other HVAC services. At Liberty Heating & Air, you'll never have to worry about us charging you outrageous prices.

Flexible Financing

Flexible Financing

Has your heater gone out in the middle of a freezing January night? A/C unit quit working in the middle of summer? Despite some common red flags that you can keep an eye out for, you can never really plan for an HVAC malfunction. That's why we offer emergency HVAC services in Darien, 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

Year-Round Discounts

Year-Round Discounts

With Ft. Stewart just a few minutes away, Darien has one of Georgia's largest active military populations. It is our honor to offer current and retired military members and their families discounted prices on their next service appointment. We also offer up to 10% off for Federal Law Enforcement Training Center Members. It's our small way of giving back to those who have sacrificed so much for our liberty.

Free Estimates

Free Estimates

From new unit installations to air conditioning repair, it would be our pleasure to provide you with a free estimate on our services.

Emergency Service

Emergency Service

Has your heater gone out in the middle of a freezing January night? A/C unit quit working in the middle of summer? Despite some common red flags that you can keep an eye out for, you can never really plan for an HVAC malfunction. That's why we offer emergency HVAC services in Darien, 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

Flexible Financing

Flexible Financing:

When your A/C unit or heater breaks suddenly, it can be hard to squeeze repairs into your budget. To make sure all of our customers are comfortable in their homes, we offer financing options to make your life easier.

Air Conditioning Repair in Darien, GA

Here in southern Georgia, our summers can be extremely hot and humid. Trying to live in a home without A/C a South Georgia summer isn't just a bad idea; it can be downright deadly. Fortunately, Liberty Heating & Air is here to help with all of your A/C needs. There's no A/C issue that our highly trained HVAC technicians haven't seen before, and no job too small or large for us to tackle. Whether your A/C system needs a basic issue resolved, or you need a new AC unit installed at your house, our team will be at your door in no time.

We have the experience and training to service all major air conditioning systems, from ductless systems to central air setups. We're authorized to service Goodman to Carrier brands, but the truth is it doesn't matter what A/C unit brand you have - our team can fix it all. If your unit is beyond repair, we can walk you through the process of installing a new A/C system and suggest appropriate units that will work well for your home.

Here are just a few of the most common A/C repair services we offer in Darien and the surrounding area:

  • Electrical repair
  • Compressor Repair
  • Refrigerant Leaks
  • Refrigerant Recharges
  • Replace Blower Motor
 AC Repair Darien, GA

Common Signs That
You Need AC Repair in
Darien, GA

Once springtime rolls around, it's very important that you keep your eyes and ears open for any potential warning signs that your A/C unit needs to be repaired. The last thing you need is to be caught off guard when June, July, and August are in full swing. Knowledge is power, and at Liberty Heating & Air, committed to keeping our customers in the loop about potential A/C repair warning signs. That way, you can take preventative steps rather than reactive ones.

 Heater Repair Services Darien, GA
Loud-Unusual-Noises
Loud, Unusual Noises

Don't be alarmed if your A/C unit makes low-level noises throughout the day and night - these sounds are completely normal. However, if you hear loud, unusually abrupt noises coming from your unit, it may be time to have it repaired. Buzzing or rattling noises can mean a part is loose, while grinding or whistling can signal a more serious problem. Because these types of issues won't work themselves out on their own, a professional is needed to diagnose and correct the problem.

Strong-Odors
Strong Odors

If you notice strange, smelly odors permeating throughout your home, your first instinct may be to grab the air freshener. However, unpleasant odors can be a sign that your A/C unit needs attention. Our A/C repair techs will let you know what's going on and how a potential issue can be remediated with a quick diagnostic test.

Refrigerant or Water Leaks
Refrigerant or Water Leaks

Your A/C unit needs refrigerant to keep your home cool and comfortable when it's hot outside. It's common for condensation to accumulate as your system cools your home. With that said, if you notice pooling water or an active leak coming from your A/C system, it's time to call an A/C repair tech ASAP. Leaks can cause extensive damage to your home, and the problem needs to be addressed quickly.

Heater Repair in
Darien, GA

South Georgia isn't known for its freezing temperatures, but one thing is for sure - wintertime in Darien can get very cold. When the temps begin to drop, your home's furnace works properly. Modern homes have come a long way since the days of wood and coal. Your home's heater is complicated, and when one component fails, the entire system can be affected. In situations like these, it's important not to panic. Instead, give Liberty Heating & Air a call. Our trustworthy team of heating repair experts have the knowledge and training to repair your furnace fast, so you can get back to enjoying your home.

Here are just a few of the most common issues that we can help repair:

  • No Heat
  • Thermostat Malfunction
  • Heat Pump Replacement
  • Ignition and Pilot Problems
  • Noisy Heater
  • Emergency Services
  • Much More!
 Heating And AC Services Darien, GA

Common Signs That You Need Furnace Repair in Darien, GA

 Heating And Cooling Repair Darien, GA

Today's heating systems are complex. At Liberty Heating & Air, our heating repair technicians receive ongoing training in all aspects of heating technology. That way, their skills stay sharp, and their techniques remain up to date. However, you don't need to be an expert to spot common signs that your heater may need to be repaired.

As colder months approach in Georgia, try to be aware of the following red flags:

Expensive Heating Bill

You're probably used to a more expensive electricity bill when winter hits Darien. However, if you notice a huge price jump over last year's bill, it could be a sign that something is wrong with your heating system. Utility companies are known for raising prices gradually, but a dramatic leap is a cause for concern.

Uneven Heating
Uneven-Heating

Does your heater seem to work perfectly in some areas of your house but not others? Are some rooms too hot while others are drafty and cold? If so, your heater may need repairing. This is a common issue in older homes and requires an expert to inspect your heater and ducts for airflow problems.

Unhealthy Air Quality
Unhealthy Air Quality

If the air in your house is hazy no matter how much you dust, your heater may be the problem. A furnace that circulates mildew, dust, and other harmful particles isn't working correctly. This issue is particularly bad for people with asthma or respiratory illnesses. If you haven't changed your home's air filter recently, be sure to do so. If the problem persists, it's time to call Liberty Heating & Air.

New AC Installation
in Darien, GA

You and your family depend on your home's A/C system to keep you cool and comfortable during the hottest months of the year. Unfortunately, breakdowns happen at the worst possible times - like in the middle of July when temperatures are over 90 degrees. If you have had to repair your A/C system more and more often, investing in a new cooling system will save you time and money in the long run.

As an Authorized Carrier and Goodman dealer - two of the most recognized and respected brands in our industry - we have the highest quality units available. We handle every aspect of your new A/C installation from start to finish. That way, you can focus on living your life rather than worrying about the next time your A/C goes out.

Curious when it might be time for a new A/C system?

Keep an eye out for these warning signs:

Dusty Furniture

 HVAC Darien, GA

If you have kept your unit well-maintained and changed your air filter regularly, you shouldn't experience this problem. If you do, and your system is old, it can be more cost-effective to replace it and have your duct system analyzed to fix the root cause of your dust issue.

High Humidity

 HVAC Repair Services Darien, GA

If it feels unusually sticky in your home, like you just spent a few hours outside in the summertime, there's a good chance that something is seriously wrong with your air conditioning. Your air conditioner's job is to pull moisture out of the air to keep your feeling cool inside. When that process fails, it can increase your risk of mold and mildew growth - and that's just the start.

Frequent Repairs

 HVAC Services Darien, GA

When your repair bills end up costing more than a down payment on a new A/C system, it might make more financial sense to invest in a more modern unit. Compare how much it costs to have our maintenance technicians perform regular service vs. the cost of a new air conditioning installation. The results may surprise you.

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SE Ga Road Work: Weekly Traffic Interruption Advisory Through January 27

Georgia DOT continues essential road work throughout Southeast Georgia. As a result, work on construction and maintenance projects will continue Saturday, January 21 through Friday, January 27.All work subject to change due to weather or other factors. Motorists are cautioned to reduce their speed while traveling thru work zones, pay attention and watch for workers.Traffic interruptions are listed below by interstates, categories, and counties.Interstate 95I-95 ...

Georgia DOT continues essential road work throughout Southeast Georgia. As a result, work on construction and maintenance projects will continue Saturday, January 21 through Friday, January 27.

All work subject to change due to weather or other factors. Motorists are cautioned to reduce their speed while traveling thru work zones, pay attention and watch for workers.

Traffic interruptions are listed below by interstates, categories, and counties.

Interstate 95

I-95 McIntosh County Champney R. Bridge (MP 45.5) to Darien R. Bridge (MP 49.0) Lane Closures for Bridge Maintenance/Rehabilitation Monday- Thursday 7pm-7am Weekends – Friday 9pm until Monday 5am Thru October 31, 2023

Interstate 16 Chatham County I-16 (in the Vicinity of SR 307) Lane Closures for DDI Construction on Exit 160/SR 307 Eastbound MP 159.8 to MP 160.2

Westbound from MP 159.8 to MP 160.2

Exit 160/SR 307 Pine Meadow Drive to Town Center Drive

Through Jan. 2023

Bridge & Road Closures with Detours

Daisy Nevils Rd Evans County Road Closure for Bridge Replacement Expected Reopen End of March 2023 Detour via Deloach Church Rd & Mosley Rd

US 82 West @ Big Creek Brantley County Road Closure for Bridge Replacement 3 Miles West of Hoboken Expected Reopen in Early 2023 Single Lane Traffic in Both Directions thru Work Zone On-site Detour: WB Traffic Shift to EB Bridge

Ten Mile Church Road at 10 Mile Creek Bacon County Road Closure for Bridge Replacement Starting Monday, January 16 for 180 days Expected to Reopen in July 2023 Detour via Radio Station Rd, S Pierce St., SR 32, SR 203

Bridge Construction, Rehabilitation, and Maintenance

State Route 25 Chatham County Appleby Road (MP 19) to the South Carolina State Line Alternating Lane Closures for Bridge Construction Monday – Saturday 9am – 4pm Through February 2023

SR26/US80 Bull River Bridge Chatham County Continuous Lane Closures 10 days on/4 days off For Required Preliminary Work Monday-Sunday Through Completion

SR26/US80/Lazaretto Creek Bridge Chatham County Continuous Lane Closures 10 days on/4 days off For Required Preliminary Work Monday-Sunday Through Completion

SR 4/US 1 Over Altamaha River Appling-Toombs Co. West River Rd. (Appling Co.) to George Hill Rd. (Toombs Co.) Daily Lane Closures for Bridge Construction Activities Monday thru Friday, 7am to 6pm (May 2023)

Resurfacing

SR 204/Fort Argyle Rd Chatham County From Old River Rd to Gateway Blvd Lane Closures for Asphalt Resurfacing Monday – Friday, 7pm to 6am

SR 26/HWY 80 Chatham County From Bourne Ave to Wilkes Street Daily/Nightly Lane Closures for Resurfacing 9pm to 6am

SR 196/SR 119 Liberty County From Gate 1 to Gate 5 MP 0.0 to 3.51 SR 196 Nightly Lane Closures for Milling and Resurfacing 7pm to 5am Monday- Saturday 1/20/23 – 01/27/2023

SR 27 Wayne County East Railroad St to the Glynn County Line MP 7.33 to MP 35.41 Daily/Nightly Lane Closures for Resurfacing 4/20/22 – 3/10/23

SR 38 Wayne County CW Collins St (Screven) to SR 203 MP 2.38 to MP 8.98 Daily/Nightly Lane Closures for Resurfacing 12/8/22 – 3/31/23

SR 25 Connector (Gloucester St.) Glynn County SR 27 to SR 25 MP 7.33 to MP 35.41 Nightly Lane Closures for Resurfacing 7pm to 6am 9/12/22 – 2/28/23

SR 21 Business 21 / Leola Road Screven County MP 16.58 to MP 0 Daily Lane Closure & Flagging Operation Mill & Resurfacing 7am to 7pm 1/9/2023 – 3/31/2023

Old Highway 250 Tattnall County Mainline Left / Right Lane Closed due to Shoulder Widening Monday – Saturday 7am – 8pm Starting 2/1/2023 – 9/30/2023

Other Traffic Interruptions

SR23/SR57 Tattnall County SR169 to SR121 Daily Lane Closures for Road Widening 8am – 3pm Starting 12/20/22 – 12/10/23

SR 19 Jeff Davis County North Williams St (MP 12.13) to Pine St. (MP 12.46) Lane closures from 9:00 p.m. Friday 27th till Sunday 29th To repair concrete pavement

SR 25 Glynn County Conservation Way (MP 10.0) to FJ Torras Causeway Daily lane closures for drainage repairs

SR 21/SR 30 Chatham County I-95/SR 405 to Berrien Rd Nightly Lane Closures for Earth Work on Shoulders and Median Starting 7pm-6am Monday 1/20/2023 – Friday 1/27/2023

SR 40 Camden County West of Grove Blvd to East of Truss Plant Road Widening and Reconstruction for Additional Turn Lanes Lane Closures Monday thru Friday, 7am to 5pm Ends 6/30/2023

SR 21 MP 6.6 to MP 27.7 Effingham County Installation of Cable Barrier Lane Closures Mon. – Fri. 9am-3:30pm & 7pm-6am Daily/Nightly Lane Closures Saturday and Sunday 3/31/22 – 4/30/23

SR 25/Burnsed Blvd. Chatham County US 80/Burnsed Blvd. and SR 25/Brampton Rd. Road Widening & Paving Operations Lane Closures Mon. – Fri. 7am to 6pm *Burnsed Boulevard reduced to two lanes from Hwy 80 through the intersection of SR 25. Traffic will move to the southbound lanes, which will become one lane in each direction. *SR25 North from Bay Street closed to through traffic. Only trucks needing access to Foundation Drive.

Georgia shrimping season comes to a close after several challenges in 2022

DARIEN, Ga. (WTOC) - The Georgia shrimping season ended over the weekend, wrapping up a busy time of year for an important industry along Georgia’s coast.This season came with its fair share of challenges as well.While the Georgia shores are now closed for the season, federal waters – more than 3 miles out from the shoreline – are still fair game. Shrimpers like Wynn Gale, fish there outside of Georgia’s season.“First drag, I did okay. I did probably five or six hundred pounds of shrimp,&rdq...

DARIEN, Ga. (WTOC) - The Georgia shrimping season ended over the weekend, wrapping up a busy time of year for an important industry along Georgia’s coast.

This season came with its fair share of challenges as well.

While the Georgia shores are now closed for the season, federal waters – more than 3 miles out from the shoreline – are still fair game. Shrimpers like Wynn Gale, fish there outside of Georgia’s season.

“First drag, I did okay. I did probably five or six hundred pounds of shrimp,” Gale said.

He says this year was successful, but still came with some obstacles.

“Last fuel I paid for was $3.80 a gallon. I was up to $5.20 a gallon in the summertime. It was up really high, that put a severe strain on everyone’s pocketbooks. The shrimp prices were kind of mediocre this year, weren’t very good, so you had to catch a lot of shrimp just to pay for the fuel,” Gale said.

It’s not just the high cost of fuel impacting shrimpers this year, it’s also the salinity of the water.

Researchers with the state’s Coastal Resources division say that played a role in the decision to not extend the shrimping season.

“The one thing that stands out most to me was the high salinities that we saw. We saw very high salinities far up into our sampling areas, which again, is not favorable for the progression of shrimp out into the sound and into the harvesting areas,” said Eddie Leonard, a lead biologist for the Ecological Trawl Survey.

The two seasons prior had been extended into January. This year, the season was allowed to expire at its regular date of Dec. 31. Leonard says preservation of the shrimp population remains a priority.

“We saw a good number of shrimp early in the spring, and then we saw a reduction in number and a reduction in size throughout the course of the year. I primarily contribute that to a lack of rainfall in the watersheds,” Leonard said.

Gale said he’s expecting a strong season next year.

“I’m thinking it’s going to be a pretty good run there, maybe in April,” he said.

The Georgia shrimping season typically reopens in May or June. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources will decide on the season opener at a later date.

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Dave Matthews Band tour dates include 3 Upstate NY concerts; new album coming

Dave Matthews Band announced a new album Tuesday, along with 2023 tour dates featuring three Upstate New York concerts.DMB will perform at the Darien Lake Amphitheater near Buffalo on June 14 and two nights at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) in Saratoga Springs on July 14-15. No opening act has been named.Tickets for the concerts will go on sale to the general public Friday, Feb. 17 at 10 a.m. through ...

Dave Matthews Band announced a new album Tuesday, along with 2023 tour dates featuring three Upstate New York concerts.

DMB will perform at the Darien Lake Amphitheater near Buffalo on June 14 and two nights at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) in Saratoga Springs on July 14-15. No opening act has been named.

Tickets for the concerts will go on sale to the general public Friday, Feb. 17 at 10 a.m. through Live Nation. Prices may fluctuate with demand. Two-day lawn passes are also available for SPAC.

Presale tickets are available to DMB Warehouse Fan Association members at warehouse.davematthewsband.com. A Citi cardmember presale will also be available starting Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 10 a.m.

The shows will promote a new Dave Matthews Band album, “Walk Around the Moon,” featuring 12 original songs to be released on May 19. It will be the Dave Matthews-led group’s 10th studio album and the follow-up to 2018′s “Come Tomorrow.”

“When it’s too late to untwist the knife / How do we face hatred with the love inside us,” Matthews sings on the album’s lead single “Madman’s Eyes.”

DAVE MATTHEWS BAND – 2023 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES

5/9 – Mexico City, DF – Auditorio Nacional

5/11 – Monterrey, NL – Auditorio Pabellon M

5/13 – Guadalajara, JAL – Teatro Diana

5/19 – The Woodlands, TX – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

5/20 – Dallas, TX – Dos Equis Pavilion

5/23 – Rogers, AR – Walmart AMP

5/24 – Southaven, MS – BankPlus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove

5/26 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena

5/27 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center

5/30 – Wilmington, NC – Live Oak Bank Pavilion at Riverfront Park

5/31 – Wilmington, NC – Live Oak Bank Pavilion at Riverfront Park

6/2 – Charleston, SC – Credit One Stadium

6/3 – Charleston, SC – Credit One Stadium

6/9 – Forest Hills, NY – Forest Hills Stadium

6/10 – Hartford, CT – Xfinity Theatre

6/14 – Darien, NY – Darien Lake Amphitheater

6/16 – Bangor, ME – Maine Savings Amphitheatre

6/17 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center

6/23 – Burgettstown, PA – The Pavilion at Star Lake

6/24 – Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion

6/27 – Clarkston, MI – Pine Knob Music Theatre

6/29 – Milwaukee, WI – American Family Insurance Amphitheatre

6/30 – Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Music Center

7/1 – Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Music Center

7/7 – Chicago, IL – Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island

7/8 – Chicago, IL – Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island

7/11 – Gilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion

7/12 – Gilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion

7/14 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center

7/15 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center

7/18 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center

7/19 – Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

7/21 – Camden, NJ – Freedom Mortgage Pavilion

7/22 – Camden, NJ – Freedom Mortgage Pavilion

7/25 – Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre

7/26 – Orange Beach, AL – The Amphitheater at the Wharf

7/28 – West Palm Beach, FL – iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre

7/29 – West Palm Beach, FL – iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre

8/24 – Highland, CA – Yaamava’ Resort and Casino

8/25 – Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheatre

8/26 – Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheatre

8/29 – Bend, OR – Hayden Homes Amphitheater

9/1 – George, WA – Gorge Amphitheatre

9/2 – George, WA – Gorge Amphitheatre

9/3 – George, WA – Gorge Amphitheatre

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CT's Riko's faces Stamford eviction even as pizzeria grows

This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigateAs it gains traction in Connecticut, New York and Florida with a budding pizzeria franchise business, Riko's Pizza is fighting a potential eviction from one of two restaurants on its home turf of Stamford, ...

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As it gains traction in Connecticut, New York and Florida with a budding pizzeria franchise business, Riko's Pizza is fighting a potential eviction from one of two restaurants on its home turf of Stamford, according to court documents.

After opening its newest restaurant north of Miami, Riko's has four more new locations in the works that will increase its total count to nine. That includes pizzerias planned for the Boston Post Road in Darien and Black Rock Turnpike in Fairfield, another in Florida and one in Hempstead, N.Y., on Long Island.

Entering January, however, the New Canaan-based landlord for Riko's Springdale location sued in Connecticut Superior Court, asking a judge to order an eviction on the claim of nonpayment of rent.

Known best for its hot-oil pizza recipe, Riko's features thin-crust pies with forays into limited-edition varieties like its current promotion for a "hot honey" pizza with pepperoni, ricotta and basil, priced at about $14.50 at Connecticut restaurants. Regular menu items range locally from $11 for a cheese pizza, to $18 for its Nashville hot chicken pizza.

In a Thursday morning filing, Riko's asked the Stamford Housing Session to compel its landlord TPW Partners to provide an itemized list of specific rent it claims it is owed, prior to filing a formal response.

TPW principle Prakash Wadhwani of New Canaan is an experienced franchisee himself, operating several Mooyah Burgers and Kennedy’s All-American Barber Club locations in Connecticut.

Riko's co-owners Rico Imbrogno and Luigi Cardillo Jr. did not comment to CT Insider queries on the lawsuit and their larger franchise expansion plans. In response to a post on its Facebook page, Riko's stated last weekend it has no plans to close the Springdale restaurant which it opened in 2016.

A TPW lease document in court records shows Riko's base rent at about $6,750 monthly at 886 Hope St., with a 2022 expiration date. That initial lease included a tenant option to extend the lease for five years, if Riko's provided at least six months notice of its wish to do so and was in good standing otherwise on its lease agreement.

In December, a real estate brokerage firm listed Riko's Hope Street location as available to rent for $45 a square foot not including utilities. That was the third highest lease rate as of Thursday of restaurant spaces listed for rent in Connecticut on the LoopNet commercial real estate website, after availabilities in Greenwich and New Canaan. Annualized, the new rent at 886 Hope St. would equate to $9,350 a month, or 38 percent more than what Riko's was on the hook for in 2022.

Last year, Riko's moved a restaurant on a side street in west Stamford to a busy West Main Street location steps from the Greenwich line, giving it an outlet to continue deliveries in the Stamford area.

Another is on the way in Darien where storefront space is tight. Riko's will be opening at the former location of Darien Social and Louie's Italian Restaurant & Bar, opposite the Metro-North station downtown on the Boston Post Road.

Riko's began offering franchises in 2018, looking to export its concept nationally in a crowded niche — and from a state in which it is not easy to stand out in the crowd of celebrated pizzerias. Late last year, a pizza hall of fame was proposed for New Haven in recognition of Connecticut's parade of nationally known entities — six made a Daily Meal list of the top 101 pizzerias in the country, including Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana in the top spot and Sally's Apizza ranked ninth.

In another market with no shortage of fickle pizza aficionados — Long Island — Riko's is more than holding its own, owning the top Yelp rating as of Wednesday for Levittown, N.Y., despite having been open there only since September 2020. While Riko's Stamford locations are ranked lower by Yelp reviewers, the company's pizzerias number among Stamford's top six on TripAdvisor, though trailing local rival Colony Pizza.

On its website, Riko's is dangling franchised locations in the metropolitan Boston, Albany, N.Y., Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. markets, as well as unspecified locations in the Carolinas, Georgia and Texas. To obtain a Riko's franchise, entrepreneurs must be able to demonstrate $100,000 in liquid capital, and that the founding team includes at least one person with food-industry experience.

The company charges a $30,000 franchise fee up front — the same it required in 2018 when commencing franchising — while estimating startup costs of anywhere from $520,000 to $700,000 for a Riko's Pizza outlet. Master developers who plan to open at least three locations pay only $15,000 for each of the second two restaurants.

Riko's collects an annual 6 percent royalty on sales by its franchisees.

Alex.Soule@scni.com; @casoulman

Pantera and Lamb of God to play Syracuse and Darien Center back-to-back

Pantera, one of the most successful and influential bands in heavy metal history, have announced their long awaited return to the stage. They will be touring North America this summer with Lamb of God as special guests, with back to back shows this August in Darien Center and Syracuse.Pantera got its start in Arlington, TX with its best-known lineup, consisting of founding members drummer Vinnie Paul and guitarist Dimebag Darrell, along with bassist Rex Brown and vocalist Philip Anselmo. Pantera is credited with the development and po...

Pantera, one of the most successful and influential bands in heavy metal history, have announced their long awaited return to the stage. They will be touring North America this summer with Lamb of God as special guests, with back to back shows this August in Darien Center and Syracuse.

Pantera got its start in Arlington, TX with its best-known lineup, consisting of founding members drummer Vinnie Paul and guitarist Dimebag Darrell, along with bassist Rex Brown and vocalist Philip Anselmo. Pantera is credited with the development and popularization of the groove metal subgenre. To date, the group has sold 20 million records worldwide and has received four GRAMMY nominations.

One of the most anticipated tours of 2023, this celebration tour includes original members Philip Anselmo and Rex Brown joined by Zakk Wylde (guitar) and Charlie Benante (drums). In December 2022, they kicked off the highly anticipated return in Mexico City to incredible reviews.

The 20-city tour kicks off on Tuesday, July 28 in Burgettstown, PA, at The Pavilion at Star Lake and includes a stop at Darien Lake Amphitheater in Darien Center on Wednesday, August 9. A day later the tour rolls east to Syracuse at St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview.

Fans can also see Pantera at their recently announced support dates during Metallica’s North America Stadium tour dates in 2023 & 2024 and headlining major rock festivals in 2023 including Rockfest, Inkcarceration, and more.

Tickets go on sale starting Friday, January 27th starting at 10 AM Local Time on LiveNation.com.

Pantera with Lamb of God 2023 Tour Dates

Fri May 20 – Daytona, FL – Welcome to Rockville*

Thu Jul 13 – Cadott, WI – Rockfest*

Fri Jul 28 – Burgettstown, PA – The Pavilion at Star Lake

Sat Jul 29 – Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Music Center

Mon Jul 31 – Milwaukee, WI – American Family Insurance Amphitheater#

Wed Aug 02 – Camden, NJ – Freedom Mortgage Pavilion

Fri Aug 04 – East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium^

Sat Aug 05 – Hershey, PA – Hersheypark Stadium

Sun Aug 06 – Scranton, PA – The Pavilion at Montage Mountain

Tue Aug 08 – Syracuse, NY – St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview

Wed Aug 09 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Amphitheater

Fri Aug 11 – Montreal, QC – Olympique Stadium^

Sat Aug 12 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage

Tue Aug 15 – Rogers, AR – Walmart AMP

Thu Aug 17 – Woodlands, TX – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Fri Aug 18 – Arlington, TX – AT&T Stadium^

Sun Aug 20 – Austin, TX – Germania Insurance Amphitheater

Fri Aug 25 – Inglewood, CA – SoFi Stadium^

Sat Aug 26 – Chula Vista, CA – North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre

Tue Aug 29 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre

Thu Aug 31 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater

Fri Sep 01 – Glendale, AZ – State Farm Stadium^

Sun Sep 03 – Pryor, OK – Rocklahoma*

Thu Sep 07 – Bangor, ME – Maine Savings Amphitheater

Fri Sep 08 – Gilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion

Sat Sep 10 – Alton, VA – Blue Ridge Rock Festival*

Tue Sep 12 – Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre

Thu Sep 14 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach

Fri Sep 15 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live

Sat Sep 23 – Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life*

Sat Oct 07 – Sacramento, CA – Aftershock*

Fri Nov 03 – St. Louis, MO – The Dome at America’s Center^

Fri Nov 10 – Detroit, MI – Ford Field^

2024 Dates

Fri Aug 02 – Foxborough, MA – Gillette Stadium^

Fri Aug 09 – Chicago, IL – Soldier Field^

Fri Aug 16 – Minneapolis, MN – U.S. Bank Stadium^

Fri Aug 23 – Edmonton, AB – Commonwealth Stadium^

Fri Aug 30 – Seattle, WA – Lumen Field^

*Festival Date | #Support Act TBD | ^Pantera Support for Metallica Dates|

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