The police are investigating the incident as a hate crime , but Molten Java has kept its doors open. What makes suburban dining great, and as the suburbs shift, how are suburban dining scenes changing? She’s from Southbury—about 24 minutes away—but she became a devoted customer of Molten Java in 2012, after gathering there with friends participating in national novel writing month. Yet diners, delis, pizza joints, coffee shops, and even the occasional small but upscale suburban restaurant, endure as repositories of history and community gathering spaces. Combined together, these two elements—extraordinary food coupled with spaces that feel like home—make locally-owned, long-standing suburban restaurants worth saving.