Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Old Post Office to Become Spacious Restaurant
By Dave Matlow
UPDATE (adds additional broker information) A new restaurant in Westport’s old post office at 154 Post Road East will feature a sweeping bar, banquet rooms, and outdoor dining, according to broker Franco Fellah.
The new restaurant will feature a sweeping bar on the main floor, outdoor dining, and private basement banquet rooms. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Fellah, executive vice president of Westport’s HK Group, said the deal was completed last week for the 4,650-square foot main floor and 4,200-square foot lower level.
Fellah represented the landlord, Ansley Westport Partners, LLC, and Sharon Maddern of David Adam Realty represented the tenant, 154 Post LLC. Construction is expected to take at least six months.
Fellah did not identify the restaurant principals or the type of restaurant planned for the 1935-built structure. Ansley Westport Partners, an Atlanta-based investment group, purchased the property last May for $2.35 million. A representative said after the purchase he hoped it would “enhance” Westport’s future. (See WestportNow May 21, 2011)
The restaurant, which will include an elevator, will feature a very large bar on the main floor, Fellah said.
“It’s a trend in restaurants to have bars that are almost half of the floor,” he said. “This restaurant will continue that trend.”
There will be outdoor dining on the Bay Street side, Fellah said, and the middle of the main floor will have a large stairway to the lower level private reception area.
“There will be 14-foot ceilings, one of the advantages of the old building,” he said.
The new restaurant will join new restaurants The Spotted Horse on Church Lane, and the planned basement restaurant in the Old Town Hall at 90 Post Road East in the downtown area.
“We’ve lost ground in recent years to Fairfield,” Fellah said. “Now everyone wants to come to Westport.”
Fellah said Bruce Beinfield, a native Westporter whose Norwalk-based architectural firm has designed several area restaurants, is the architect for the project.