Thursday, January 21, 2016
The Harvest Restaurant, 36 Railroad Place in the space formerly occupied by Mario’s Place, has opened. For now, it is dinner only beginning at 5 p.m., according to a person answering the phone at the restaurant with plans to open for lunch in several weeks. The owners also operate Cava in New Canaan, Harvest in Greenwich, New Haven, Scena in Darien, and 55 Degrees in Fairfield. Mario’s closed in April 2015. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Westporter Rajat Gupta has been released from a Massachusetts prison where he served 19 months for insider trading, according to federal officials.
Rajat Gupta: released on Jan. 5. File photo
But instead of returning to his Beachside Avenue home in Westport’s Greens Farms area, the former Goldman Sachs and Proctor & Gamble board member is at his Manhattan apartment, they said.
Gupta, 67, was freed Jan. 5 after receiving credit for good behavior against his 30-month sentence, according to Patrick McFarland, a manager for the Federal Bureau of Prisons program in the New York area.
He will remain a federal inmate until March 13, confined to his apartment and required to wear an ankle bracelet that monitors his movements, The New York Times reported.
Post 154, the restaurant in Westport’s former main post office at 154 Post Road East, has closed abruptly after almost two and a half years. A source said the staff was notified of the closing on Monday and that Alex Rosado, executive chef, left several months ago and is now at Poloma, Stamford. An investment group with ties to Westport paid $2.35 million for the property in May 2011. (See WestportNow May 23, 2011) The restaurant opened in August 2013. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
A sign on the front door of Post 154 Restaurant, 154 Post Road East, notifies all of its closing. There was no immediate word from the owners on plans for the property, purchased in 2011 for $2.35 million from the U.S. Postal Service. The closing follows closely on the heels of the recent closing by Bertucci’s Italian Restaurant and the announced March 31 closing of Bobby Q’s, both longtime Westport dining spots, and last year, by The Red Barn and Mario’s Place (which changed hands). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Friday, January 15, 2016
Bertucci’s Italian Restaurant, 833 Post Road East, will close at end of business on Sunday after 24 years in the location, according to Bertucci District Manager Stephen Sherlock. “Our lease expired and we could not come to terms with the landlord,” he said. He said the 24 employees will be offered jobs in one of the nearest Bertucci locations – Orange, Shelton, and Darien. Longtime Westporters will remember The Clam Box occupied the location from 1940 (except for the World War II years) until 1985, followed by Tanglewood’s before Bertucci’s opened in 1992. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The interior of Bertucci’s Italian Restautant, 833, Post Road East, today after it was announced the restaurant will close at end of business on Sunday. The location has been home to restaurants for at least 75 years, beginning with The Clam Box in 1940 and Tanglewood’s from 1985 to 1992 when Bertucci’s opened. The Clam Box suffered a least three fires during its existence—in 1951, 1958, and 1968. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Thursday, January 14, 2016
Organachs, a natural and organic products and holistic facial services business, will open at 15 Post Road West by March 1, according to its owner, Siobhan McKinley of Ridgefield. McKinley, whose parents were born in Ireland, said Organachs—the Irish word for organics—has a “farm to skin” theme because of its natural skin care products and “my pursuit of living organically.” She added, “We source organic products, not normally available in Fairfield County, from around the world.” The 640-square foot space is located between Art’s Deli and Age of Reason, the latter reducing the size of its store. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Westport Florist, formerly Hansen Floral Arts, 240 Post Road East in Colonial Green, will relocate to 1 Treadwell Ave. (above) at the intersection of Saugatuck and Riverside Avenues on Feb. 1, according to Franco Fellah of Westport-based HK Realty Group. The business has been at Colonial Green for five years. Westport Florist is owned by Trumbull resident Bruce Minoff, who also owns Bruce’s Flowers, 454 Main Ave., Norwalk, and Hansen Flower Shop, 1040 Post Road, Fairfield. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
UPDATE General Electric announced today that it has selected Boston for its new headquarters.
The company has been based in Fairfield for four decades with many of its executives and employees living in Westport over the years. GE said about 800 employees would be employed in Boston.
GE has been looking for a new home since last summer when it said it was unhappy with Connecticut’s corporate tax structure. Its announcement followed a report by the Boston Globe that the move was confirmed.
The Globe said the company informed Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh today. Fairfield First Selectman Michael Tetreau also said he had been informed.
Monday, January 11, 2016
By Dave Matlow
WishList, the Westport girls’ and women’s apparel store at 606 Post Road East (opposite Fresh Market), has closed after 18 years.
According to co-owner Susan Zarrilli, a Westport resident, who owned the business with Carla Strobel of Norwalk, WishList stores also closed in Greenwich after 12 years and in Darien after 10 years.
“We served customers from 10 years old to grandmothers,” said Zarrilli. She said the business employed 25, down from 40 employees a few years ago.
“I’m tired,” she said. “After our fire in September (see WestportNow Sept. 19, 2015) causing us to close for six weeks because of smoke damage, I got to thinking more about the importance of my life and came to this conclusion to retire from the business. Our lease is up and this is the time for that decision.”
Friday, January 08, 2016
Bobby Q’s, a Westport Main Street ribs favorite since 2004, is closing March 31, owner Bob LeRose (above) announced today. The building at 36-42 Main St. was sold for $9.2 million in November 2014 by longtime owner Drew Friedman, who originally opened Onion Alley in the Bobby Q space. “While I’m sad that this chapter of my restaurant career is coming to an end, I’ll have some exciting news coming soon on my next chapter,” LeRose said. Matthew Mandell, executive director of the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce, said he hears Bobby Q’s will move to West Avenue in Norwalk. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Parker Mansion, described as an “American casual” restaurant and bar, will open this month at 541 Riverside Ave. in space previously occupied by the Mansion Clam House, according to owner Patrick Fahy (above). The space, which has undergone a major makeover inside and out, now includes seating on the second floor indoor and deck and will offer patio seating in warmer temperatures. “Our menu has a wide range, serving everything from hamburger to filet mignon,” Fahy said. He added that the restaurant owns nine boat slips along the Saugatuck River so sailors can pull right up to the property. He owns two other restaurants, Parker Steaks & Scotch in Trumbull, and Parker Eatery & Bar. Mansion Clam House closed in October 2014 (see WestportNow Oct. 12, 2014) after being there since 1958, according to its website. 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) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Salon de Beaute, formerly Bar de Beaute, 24 Taylor Place, is relaunching its business with expansion to a full service hair salon in addition to its ongoing clinical skin care services, according to owner Judith Connors. Bar de Beaute opened in July 2014 (see Westportnow July 24, 2014) in the space formerly occupied by Jacadi Children’s apparel and its successor Chic Jolie, women’s apparel. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Jeera, Little Thai Kitchen, has opened at 165 Post Road East, next door to Trattoria Finalmente. Owner Jeeranunn Atiportunyapong (l), who goes by the nickname Luna, said the restaurant specializes in central Thailand cuisine and is open for lunch, dinner, takeout, and catering. In addition, the restaurant has a BYOB policy. Atiportunyapong said for the past five years she has also owned a Thai takeout-only food service at 216 Crown St. New Haven. With her is family member and business associate Ae Thananont. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Thursday, January 07, 2016
Work is progressing toward the opening later this month of the Harvest Restaurant, 36 Railroad Place, in the space formerly occupied by Mario’s Place. The owners also operate Cava in New Canaan, Harvest in Greenwich, New Haven, Scena in Darien, and 55 Degrees in Fairfield. Mario’s closed in April. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, January 05, 2016
An AT&T store has opened at Westport’s 180 Post Road East in the recently renovated space previously occupied by Michele’s Pies, which closed in 2014 after three years (see WestportNow July 17, 2014) and for 40 years before that by Baskin Robbins, which closed in 2010 (see WestportNow Sept. 28, 2010.) According to AT&T employee, Orlando Sanchez (above), popular items are home security products and services, DIRECTV home installations, mobile phones and tablets. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Monday, December 28, 2015
The Harvest Restaurant, 36 Railroad Place, in the space formerly occupied by Mario’s Place, is now scheduled to open the second or third week of January, according to co-owner Nuve Siguenza. There had been a report that the restaurant hoped to open by the end of December. The owners also operate Cava in New Canaan, Harvest in Greenwich, New Haven, Scena in Darien, and 55 Degrees in Fairfield. Frank ”Tiger” DeMace, co-founder of Mario’s with the late Mario Sacco, died in 2012 at age 78. Mario’s closed in April. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Saturday, December 26, 2015
Scenes in Westport’s downtown area today as day after Christmas bargain hunters crowded the area. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
On the day after Christmas, a traditional day for gift purchase exchanges, Westporters Greg Tapfar and Karen Friedman today patiently await the opening of Brooks Brothers, 136 Main St. The store was kicking off its semi-annual sale today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Westport Hair & Co. salon has opened at Westport’s 407 Post Road East in the Compo Shopping Center. The store replaces Gina’s Hair Designs which closed a few months ago and reopened under its new name after having undergone renovations, according to Cuba-born owner Dania Morejon (above), a Stamford resident. The 1,500-square feet facility employs six. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
A Westport travel designer is spearheading a boycott of Donald Trump’s owned and operated hotels around the world.
The boycott is in response to the presidential candidate’s controversial comments about Hillary Clinton being “schlonged.”
“We are outraged by Trump’s denigration of women,” said Susan Farewell, founder and owner of Farewell Travels. “We are demonstrating our disapproval in the language Trump knows best: through his wallet.”
The anti-Trump campaign is building through social media and is receiving support from travel professionals around the world, from Hawaii to Turkey, Farewell said.
Thursday, December 17, 2015
Westport-based RDM Financial Group, a registered investment adviser managing $700 million in client assets, has been acquired by HighTower Advisors LLC of Chicago, The Wall Street Journal reported today.
No purchase price for RDM Financial Group, which is led by Chief Executive Ron Weiner at 1555 Post Road East, was disclosed, the report said.
Weiner will maintain his 15-person team at the firm’s Westport and Boca Raton, Fla., locations.
He also will have an office with HighTower in New York, according to the newspaper.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Sun Reflexology opened today at 877 Post Road East in the shopping center near the Sherwood Island Connector. The new salon is the second location in Westport for Sun Reflexology, which will continue to operate its first site at 1543 Post Road East, which opened in 2011, according to Hannah Sun, the owner’s daughter. The salon’s brochure describes reflexology as “a technique that works critical points on the hands and feet that improve the entire body’s health - the reflexologist views the hands and feet as a mirror image of the entire body and every organ.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Workers today were busy getting The Pearl at Longshore ready for its February opening. The owners announced the opening date on Monday for the restaurant which takes over space occupied by the Splash Restaurant at the Inn at Longshore for 19 years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Pearl at Longshore, which is taking over space occupied for 19 years by Splash Restaurant at the Inn at Longshore before abruptly closing in October 2014, will open in February, its owners announced today.
An announcement said the opening follows “an extensive restoration and revitalization under the vision of owners Marc Backon, Antonio Ninivaggi and a group of local investors.”
It said the restaurant would feature “sophisticated, seasonally inspired, American cuisine” under Michael Hazen, executive chef, “who will create a menu of delicious, healthy meals that reflect the seasons and focus on the simplicity and flavors of the ingredients.”
It said his menu would include seafood dishes, grass-fed beef and fresh, seasonal produce with a variety of organic, healthy and gluten-free selections.
Sunday, December 13, 2015
Westport’s Main Street was busy with shoppers in 60-degree temperatures today that made it seem more like summer than eight days before winter. Only one weekend of shopping remains before Christmas. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, December 09, 2015
Westport’s Chipotle Mexican Grill, 376 Post Road East, was not doing much business tonight amid confirmation that more than 120 Boston College students have reported symptoms associated with the highly contagious norovirus since eating at a Chipotle restaurant near the school. In another outbreak, since October, 52 people have fallen ill from E. coli traced to Chipotle locations in nine states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. The Westport restaurant opened in June. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com