Sunday, June 28, 2015
Steam Percolating Amid Money Woes
The coffee, bakery and sandwich shop Steam, located at the refurbished stationhouse on the eastbound side of Metro-North’s Westport station in Saugatuck, usually closed on Sundays, was open today to generate community interest amid reported money woes to save the business. According to owner, Briana Pennell (behind counter, smiling), “Today is amazing. This town is so great, the turnout is huge.” Pennell added, “We had some obstacles when we started out, but we’ve now restructured and I am the sole owner.” She said some changes are being made and “we will relaunch in the next few weeks.” The business had been closing at 3 p.m., but she said starting Monday, July 6 new hours will be 6 a.m.- 2 p.m. and then open again in the evening 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Also, starting July 12, it will be open Sundays 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. “We’re adding a few services for customer convenience to make it easier for grab ‘n go customers,” Pennell added. Summer intern Jeremy Mintzer, a Weston High School senior, said Steam has introduced a VIP house card that works like the gift card concept. He encourages Steam supporters to access https://www.razoo.com/br/causes/Love-Steam where donations to help the business can be made. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Chipolte Mexican Grill Open for Business
Chipotle Mexican Grill opened today at 376 Post Road East in the Compo Acres Shopping Center in the space previously occupied by Oaxaca Asian cuisine. Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. has outlets in Fairfield, Darien, and Greenwich, among other Connecticut locations. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Brisk Business from the Start
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Westport Native Called ‘Shishito-Pepper Baron of New York’
A New York City food website, New York Magazine’s grubstreet.com, has dubbed Westport native Noah Robbins, 27, the “Shishito-Pepper Baron of New York.” The son of Westporters Jody and Peter Robbins, he began growing the snacking pepper “on a hunch,” according to the website,.“Now Robbins’s two-year-old company, Ark Foods (http://arkfoods.co/), grows a half-million pounds of peppers per year, and the 27-year-old farmer is applying a Silicon Valley start-up approach in his quest to uncover the next must-have ingredient,” grubstreet.com said. Read the full story here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) grubstreet.com photo
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Comings & Goings: Fresh Green Light Driving School Opens
Fresh Green Light driving school has opened at 1362 Post Road East. Steve Mochel and his wife Laura Shuler or Weston, parents of four teenage drivers, co-founded Fresh Green Light in 2009 after leaving corporate marketing jobs with a mission to make teen drivers safer behind the wheel. The company also has sites in Greenwich, Darien, and Wilton and will open in Fairfield next month. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Saturday, June 20, 2015
Chipotle Mexican Grill Sets June 28 Opening
Chipotle Mexican Grill will open at 376 Post Road East in the Compo Acres Shopping Center on Sunday, June 28 at 11 a.m. according to a sign that has gone up on the front door. (See WestportNow June 5, 2015) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
State Launches Redesigned Website
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today announced that the State of Connecticut has launched a complete redesign of its official website – http://www.ct.gov – containing a new layout, new features, and new efficiency measures that will ultimately increase usability, customer service, transparency, and access for its visitors.
The homepage of the new http://www.ct.gov website. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The new website, which is now live, is part of a major modernization process for the state’s online presence that – in addition to containing new features – is organized to meet the specific needs of the residents, businesses and visitors of the state, an announcement said. It was designed for use on computers, tablets, and mobile devices.
“In the 21st century, the state’s online presence is our virtual welcome mat, and we want to ensure that businesses, residents and visitors alike have the tools they need to conduct business with the state over their computers in a way that eliminates redundancy and improves usability for users,” said Malloy.
“This modernization was no doubt long overdue and needed, and as its development continues, we are keeping an eye towards ensuring that new features continue to be added that increase the number of online interactions available for users and make it as easily accessible as possible.”
Mario’s to Reopen as Harvest in September
Signs have gone up on the former Mario’s Restaurant on Railroad Place saying the new Harvest restaurant will open in September. A sign in the window says: “Coming this September. Harvest is a fresh take on our lifelong commitment to satisfying meals and loyal guests. Custom cuisine from farm to fork. Harvestwinebar.com.” The popular Saugatuck Italian restaurant and steak house since 1967 closed in April (See WestportNow April.l 4, 2015) The DeMace family retains ownership of the building while leasing to restaurateurs Vicente and Nuve Siguenza. They are owners of Cava in New Canaan, and Harvest in Greenwich and New Haven, (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com
Friday, June 12, 2015
Malloy Seeks to Roll Back $220 Million in Business Tax Hikes
By Keith M. Phaneuf and Mark Pazniokaswww.ctmirror.org
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today proposed to roll back more than $220 million in tax hikes, almost all of them on business, in the new two-year state budget, and replace them with still-to-be-identified spending cuts.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman at today’s Hartford news conference. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Pazniokas/ctmirror.org photo
The governor – whose proposal followed a meeting with the state’s chief business lobby — comes on the heels of threats from General Electric and other major corporations to shed jobs and possibly leave the state.
Malloy said he anticipates the changes will be considered later this month when lawmakers gather in special session to adopt budget policy bills needed to implement the new spending plan.
“I have always been clear that I believe that we need to be smart about spending, about revenue, and about our future,” said Malloy, who met earlier today with Connecticut Business and Industry Association President Joseph F. Brennan. “…Even as we have one of the the lowest effective corporate tax rates in the nation, these steps are being made to protect Connecticut’s long-term interests.”
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Thursday, June 11, 2015
New Look for Former Mansion Clam House
Workmen were busy today removing the siding of the former Mansion Clam House, 541 Riverside Ave., in preparation for the debut there of Parker Mansion, a steak house. No date for the opening has been announced. Owner Patrick Fahy owns Parker Steaks & Scotch in Trumbull and Parker Eatery & Bar in Stratford. Mansion Clam House closed in October 2014 after having been there since 1958 on the site of a former “fried clam shack.” The property, which includes the adjoining Julian’s Brick Oven Pizza, changed hands in April 2014 for $2.1 million. The listing said the building was built in 1900. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, June 09, 2015
Chamber Honors Inaugural First Citizen Award Recipients
The Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce tonight honored retiring Westport Library director Maxine Bleiweis (2nd l) and Westport businessman Sam Gault (r) with its inaugural First Citizen Award at a dinner at the Westport Inn. Ron DeFeo (2nd r), CEO of Westport-based Terex Corporation, was keynote speaker. They were joined by Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe (l) and Matthew Mandell (3rd l), Chamber CEO. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Chamber Honors Young Entrepreneurs
The Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce tonight honored five young entrepreneurs who are high school students in Westport and Weston. They are (l-r) Rebecca Mark, Nick Massoud, Harry Epstein, Scott Pecoriello and Michael Sitver. Rebecca, a Weston student, will attend Washington University in St. Louis. Nick, a Staples student, will attend Yale University. Harry, a Staples student, will attend the University of Michigan, Scott, a Staples student, will attend the University of Delaware, and Michael, a Weston student, will attend the University of Chicago. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Saturday, June 06, 2015
Comings & Goings: Subway Moves Across the Street
The Subway Sandwich shop, a longtime tenant of 903 Post Road East, near the Sherwood Diner, opened today at its new across-the-street location, 940 Post Road East, opposite Starbucks. Hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Friday, June 05, 2015
Comings & Goings: Snip Doggy Dog Closes
Snip Doggy Dog, an upscale grooming salon for dogs, which opened at 9 Sconset Square in March 2014, has closed. Many of its clients transferred to its Fairfield location at 1125 Post Road in the Brickwalk, according to a staff member, who said the business also operates in Old Greenwich. The 1,000-square foot space in Sconset Square was previously occupied by Akram, a men’s and women’s apparel shop which closed in May 2013 and Green Earth Design previously. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Comings & Goings: Chipotle to Open by End of Month
Chipotle Mexican Grill will open at 376 Post Road East in the Compo Acres Shopping Center by the end of June in the space previously occupied by Oaxaca Asian cuisine, according to a contractor on site. Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. has outlets in Fairfield, Darien, and Greenwich, among other Connecticut locations. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com